I'm going to start this by saying that I'm not really trying to lose weight. I'm just trying to get healthier/stop some of my bad habits. I'm 5'3" and weigh between 112 and 115, depending on the day. My usual workout regimen consists of cardio for 30 mins, usually three times a week, sometimes more, sometimes less. I also throw in some dumbbells, planks, squats, etc. We have a Bowflex but I don't really use it.
I swam competitively from age 8 to 20, but I HATE running. But I am trying to get into it because FI is a runner and we want to do races together. I wish I could enjoy running...it's just that every time I get back on a running kick I end up making excuses. Like I feel like I don't have proper running form, or I look stupid when I run, so it makes me self conscious. I also tend to get bad side cramps when I run, and I'm not sure why. Maybe dehydration? Runner people, give me some beginner running tips please!!
I haven't worked out at all in the past few weeks...we got a new puppy who I've been infatuated with, and I started grad school at the same time. So starting Monday I'm really looking to get back into my workout routine. How do accountability partners work? And would anyone like to volunteer as tribute?
My other issue is my eating habits...I guess I'm lucky that I have a good metabolism so far and can eat what I want and nothing really changes. But I know in the next few years my metabolism is going to slow down and therefore I need to get a head start on changing my eating habits. I wouldn't say I'm an emotional eater...usually when I'm upset I don't feel like eating anything. But I'm a happy eater, if that's a thing. I eat when I have nothing else to do and because I like food and it makes me happy. I don't work right now so I'm home during the day and that is when I do my snacking. Dinners are fine though, we always eat a very balanced dinner. I just need to cut the snacking during the day. Does anyone have tips on boredom eating, or anyone else who is home during the day have solutions? My sugar intake is also too high and I'd like to cut back on that. I just have such a friggin sweet tooth!
Our wedding is Oct. 25. We are moving in Sept. and from then up until our wedding I have a feeling everything is going to be chaos, so I'm not sure how much I'll be able to work out that last month. That leaves me with about 12 weeks, starting Monday, to really focus on getting toned up and creating new eating habits. If anyone has advice for getting motivated, etc., I would greatly appreciate it!