Written for The Daily Prompt.
Set a timer for ten minutes. Open a new post. Start the timer, and start writing. When the timer goes off, publish.
My transformation challenge has been weighing on my mind lately. I feel like I’m not making any progress. And I’m not – physically, anyway. However, I do feel like I’m making loads of progress internally.
I’m eating better, eating fewer carbs, and I’m cooking more and more each day. My dad was a chef and owned a nice, sit-down restaurant in my hometown for about 10 years while I was growing up. While I’ll never be a chef, cooking is quite therapeutic! If the school I worked at had a culinary arts program, I would take a few classes. But I digress…
I’ve been working out on an almost daily basis. I try to get in a minimum of 30-45 minutes of walking and/or jogging each day (except for Wednesdays – my rest day.) So far, I’ve done really good with that. Baby steps.
That being said, baby steps are not going to get me to where I need to be in another 10 weeks; I can’t believe 2 weeks of my transformation “challenge” have already passed! 10 weeks… that’s really all I have to kick some major ass. Even if I don’t have the biggest transformation out of my small group, I am learning better habits and getting in a routine of cooking healthier meals, so it’s a win-win situation anyway.
(5 minutes to go!)
Sometimes I feel like I could be doing so much more. For example – this week I decided not to count my calories because I knew I wasn’t going to be consuming many carbs. I honestly don’t think I ate enough calories any day this week; I usually eat under my goal when I’m eating healthy.
As far as working out, though, I know I could be hitting it SO MUCH HARDER. I think I’ve fallen into the “less effort” mindset because I used to lift weights three times a week and didn’t do much cardio. Now I’m focusing solely on cardio. I used to walk 45-60 minutes per day at a pretty brisk pace. Then I started to jog somewhat regularly, and that’s when I started to see really nice results. I know what I need to do, it’s just SO DIFFICULT to get my mind in that place again. It’s not impossible though. I’ll get there.
I’ll end this post by saying… I have a really simple, somewhat conversational writing style. I hope you, dear reader, enjoy that. I don’t like to be too “flowery” with my language. I have a pretty limited vocabulary (that I’m very self-conscious about), so it helps to prevent me writing anything too complicated anyway. haha I was always complimented in college about my writing style; in grad school I assumed it was because professors were tired of reading overly pretentious writing from students who were trying to prove something. I guess it doesn’t really matter, does it? I was just trying to fill up a couple of more minutes anyway. 😉