This is a challenge to myself. A 12 week one. I record everything I eat/drink, healthy or junk on my Instagram page. I also record my daily workouts there. The plan is to eat healthy & work out 5 days a week.
We all make promises to ourselves and then forget about it. Why? Because as much as we should be accountable to ourselves first, answer why we aren’t taking care of the body that is enabling us to do everything we love despite how we treat it, we don’t feel the need to be true to it. The biggest thing I want to teach myself in the next 12 weeks is not exercising, not cooking but accountability to the most important person to me – MYSELF.
Just to give you a little bit of background about my fitness journey – I grew up swimming, playing basketball & running sprints. I met with an accident when I was 19 and had a surgery on my right knee. Although I was cleared by the doctors to do all normal activities, I was advised against playing anything that involved jumping. I was down and out for the next 5 years & was scared that I’d hurt myself again – because the pain after the surgery & during recovery was excruciating. I again slipped and fell & I was living in a different city at this point – so different doctor. After treating my minor injury, he questioned how any doctor could have told me not to jump 😦 Anyhow, I was advised to do a lot of exercises to strengthen my knee & then slowly include work outs. After 2 years, I moved to Toronto & have been living here since the past 3 years.
My fitness journey in Toronto – Moving from India to Canada was a huge change in terms of climate for me. In a nutshell, I was eating too much during winters and my body was getting lazier by the day due to the extreme cold. This was completely opposite to the tropical climate my body had been used to since forever. I hired a personal trainer & was doing well for a bit. And then I just lost my drive. I am not going to sugar coat it by saying that it was work stress. No it wasn’t. The one thing that worked for me was – I paid close attention to how each exercise was done. Form is important & I got my basics right.
I have now decided to work out on my own. I am going to implement all the things I have learnt through training & research. At the end of the day, we all know what we need to do. We just need to do it!
I am planning to do a weekly check in here on my blog and daily check ins on Instagram (@eachperfectday). At the end of the 12 weeks, I hope there is a difference between the before & after pics!! Fingers crossed!!