Day 3 | Obligatory New Year’s Fitness Post

Stop being a trash monster

I am not an unhealthy person. I eat (mostly) unprocessed foods, drink enough water (usually), and exercise regularly. However, the thought of moving to a country with 16,000 miles of coastline is going to give me a panic attack because it means that this body had better get ready for the beach STAT. Don’t assume I am body shaming, because yes, I do believe that all bodies are beach bodies, but I also want to feel confident among the sexy Aussies who have been sunning themselves all summer long. I was in the best shape of my life when I left for Asia in April of this year. However no amount of exercise can combat the fact that travel ends up causing me to eat poorly, and drink heavily. All that Chang and Pad Thai has to go somewhere right? Well, I found it… on my hips and thighs.

Fitness

Since I inevitably ate all the Christmas cookies in Washington State over the last two weeks, it is now time for me to get back into a rhythm of working out and eating healthy. I am usually terrible at finding the motivation to get back on track after I have fallen off the wagon, but having less than 2 months before I leave for Aus is definitely a motivating factor.

Fitness Plan:

Lifting 6x per week

Cardio 4x per week

Abs 4x per week

Food Plan:

I spent a year as a vegetarian back in 2009 and I did it really poorly. I ended up gaining a bunch of weight, losing my hair and feeling sluggish and heavy all the time. I ate a shit ton of cheese pizza, bean burritos and other things that aren’t really food, so that could have been my problem. I think it is time for me to try a plant based diet again, but this time I am going to do it right, and cut dairy as well. For the next two months, I am going to try to stick to this diet at least 50% of the time. What can I say, I love bacon and from what I hear it’s not the same in Australia, so I am not going to remove it from my life just yet. Sue me.

I will be referencing Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” for most of my recipes during this “diet” so I will share those with you if I find something that turns our particularly delicious.

I don’t anticipate this to be a permanent life change, and I will probably always eat a little bit of meat, but I believe that cutting the majority of the animal products out of my life will not only benefit me physically, but it will also help reduce my footprint on the planet, and every little bit helps.

I expect all of y’all to keep me accountable for this, so I will be posting results periodically until I leave…and maybe after if I can find a gym and commit to going to it in the unbearable, sweltering heat of summer in Darwin.

Also, this is not a New Year’s Resolution. I repeat this is not a resolution. I am just trying to be the sexiest bitch on the beach. That is all.

B.

 

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