#7, #8, #9: You’re Nothing Without Your Health

So I’ve officially turned my beau into a tea snob.

Success!

Long story short: I forgot to buy creamer at the grocery today. Come tea-time, he discovers no creamer. His “plain” tea has been sitting next to him for about 45 minutes and he still hasn’t touched it. Thank goodness the grocery is only four minutes away. I actually enjoyed the change of pace and may even carry it over to tomorrow. I think I’ll go bold with one of the healthier green selections.

But my lack of coffee creamer is not the point of today’s post.

I’ve finally got the ball rolling in terms of my health. And I’m hitting three at once with this one: planners, healthy eating & getting fit.

You may be wondering what could have spurred on this sudden need to get my business together. I feel like everyone has that life-changing moment when they realize they aren’t quite in the shape they want to be in. That moment for me is in the morning.

Quite specifically, one morning a month ago and every subsequent morning since. I opened my eyes, did a few cat stretches, nearly burned my eyebrows off with my own morning breath, then rolled myself up and out of bed. I was still so exhausted I fell right back down. My eyes burned, my throat hurt and I just felt icky. My first thought was illness, but as I stood up again and attempted to lean over to put some fuzzy socks on I realized I couldn’t.

I could not pick my socks up off the ground.

Also, yes… I wear fuzzy socks. Don’t judge me.

I realized I was incredibly out of shape. I felt gross from a poor diet and my body started having trouble supporting itself because I wasn’t as strong as I used to be.

Now just to clarify, I am by no means overweight. I am what is commonly known as  ‘skinny fat.’ Up until high school I was very skinny, too skinny. Teachers thought I was anorexic and told me so, but no matter how much food I ate I would not gain weight. I now know this was simply the pattern of my family. I bulked up in college and started looking like a female body builder so I cut back and eventually quit going to the gym altogether.

Now I’m a solid 140 lbs, and while that might not seem like much it’s a whole lot for my very tiny 5′ 4” frame to carry. But weight isn’t everything. Muscle weighs more than fat.

I have very healthy views on weight loss and how I want my body to be. I don’t want to be ‘thin’ again. I want to be fit and healthy. I want to feel good when I wake up in the morning and have the energy to make it through the day.

And for Pete’s sake, I want to be able to pick my fuzzy socks up off the ground.

So all this led to me FINALLY getting the kick in the butt I needed. But I am an organized freak and I need tools to help me through it. And my first tool is my Health & Fitness planner. I purchased this adorable and very girly Color Crush Style Food and Fitness Planner kit from FiloDelight on Etsy.

Fitness Planner - Etsy Printables

This printable planner comes with a monthly goals, menu planner + shopping list, food diary, workout log, weight tracker, and measurement tracker sheet. I loved everything in here but the workout log, and it was missing a few sheets that I personally wanted in my planner. So I added a monthly workout calendar, a revamped workout log and initially had a more in-depth grocery list.

My additions

My additions

I say ‘initially’ because I found this amazing app called AnyList that I am using now instead of a hard-copy grocery list. You can put in recipes that you use frequently and generate a shopping list from those, then add any additional items. It also categorizes everything based on where it might be in the grocery. LOVE THAT! It’s very simple to use, even for someone as terrible with technology as me.

Put it all together and I now have this:

Fitness Planner

Can’t wait to start using this! I made it myself using a mini binder from Walmart and some pretty paper I had sitting around. Add the printable sheets and it makes for a pretty cute, and functional, health and fitness planner.

That’s enough information I’ve thrown at you for one day. Tomorrow I’ll talk more about my actual goals, fitness routine and meal planning! Ok, maybe not all at once. We’ll just see how it goes.

Do any of you all have new fitness goals or a different way of tracking your overall health?

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