Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Sore Muscles and Weigh In

Having replaced my morning walk with workout DVDs, I've really noticed how my overall fitness levels are not super great. Sure I can walk a long time without getting tired but I'm now working muscles that haven't worked together in a while. In my collection I have a few Jillian Michaels, a Bootcamp one with 12 different routines, and some yoga and pilates. This past week I was able to get in all my morning workouts and all my after work walks, plus T'ai Chi before bed. Weekend had two long walks. My day of rest was actually Labour Day, ha ha!

Weight wise, I'm at 174.9 lbs, so down from last week. What's working for me...

Lowering stress levels through:

  • Daily brisk walking in rain, shine, or snowstorms
  • T'ai Chi, easy yoga or pilates or light stretching before bedtime
  • Getting 7 hours of sleep per night
  • Speaking with a counsellor to gain insight into and to work through various personal issues 

Eating food as fuel:

  • Limiting all processed foods to a great extent
  • Limiting sugar
  • Limiting salt
  • Limiting grains
  • Limiting dairy (only lactose-free)
  • Organic when possible
  • Lots of variety of fresh veggies and some fruit from local sources

It helps that right now my life is not stress-filled as it was and have no medical issues. Even though I'm not losing weight at an astounding rate, I'm feeling these changes I'm making and have been making over the past while are permanent. Not only changes in daily habits but my true core beliefs about food.


  1. nothing wrong with slow and steady!

    1. Absolutely not :D It's working, so why change it.

  2. Love everything about this entry. A large part of what you're doing is how I want to change myself too. Thanks for sharing, Nikki!

    1. Thanks Shannon! Believe me, this has been a series of small changes over a long period of time.

  3. Tortoise and the hare! :)

    You are doing great, and your plan is pretty fantastic!

    1. Exactly Gwen! But sometimes I want to get to that finish line quicker :D

      Thanks! It's what's working for me now. If it stops working, I have no problem going over what I've been doing and making a change.