My friends and family know that I'm pretty regimented when it comes to what I eat and how I exercise but as I am creeping towards 50, (that was hard to say out loud) I decided to shake things up. Let's face it as we get older, the body simply doesn't respond like it used to. As 2017 was coming to an end, I started noticing a little bit of a stomach pooch and knowing that I don't over eat and I exercise every day, I needed to shake things up.
So what did I do...I changed what I ate and how I exercise. Let me say this, I'm not a fan of any deprivation diets which is why you won't see me on any cleanse or Whole 30 band wagon. For me, if I deprive my body of something, then it simply wants it even more. Modification works best for me. That meant, for my diet, I cut down on sugar and carbohydrates and and increased my proteins. For my exercise, I substituted my usual routine at the YMCA for a couple of spin classes and I stared taking Three 15 classes which is 15 minutes of spin, 15 minutes of tone and 15 minutes of barre.
So... what happened? Well my stomach pooch has gone down. I've met some new friends in my exercise classes. Have I felt uncoordinated, you bet. Have there been times when I really wanted a bag of potato chips, Yep! But I've found these little changes have reenergized me because I'm trying new things, I'm getting out of my comfort zone and I'm learning something new.
For 2018, on the exercise front, I want to try more yoga and meditation. On the food front, I want to keep trying new dishes and to give myself a break if I splurge now and then. Bonus, it also means new exercise clothes such as these bottoms from Athleta and this top from Lululemon.
So wake up and shake it up!