Continuing the Fitness Journey

If you had not already please check my first post Spiritual and Physical Fitness to read about my fitness plans and reasons.

Getting Ready For the Change

There was an old treadmill collecting dust in my attic for what seems like years now. A few days ago I decided to dust it off and start using it daily. So far it’s been challenging but worth it. I already can feel a change in my energy level by just running 20 minutes a day!

I’m doing beginner interval workouts to get ready for outdoor running here in Florida. It’s hot and the sun can be brutal in the summer but it’s worth getting outside and enjoying God’s wonders. For upper body and strength I’m doing pushups and pull ups. Little by little I’m able to increase my reps although I must admit I’m a bit embarrassed by what I can’t do. Let’s just say I’m better at the running. With time I’m sure this will improve.

My main goal isn’t to lose weight, I’m not overweight, but instead to get in shape and make sure my body is in tip top shape. Up until this point I was what you would consider “skinny fat”. It’s time to throw out that label for good.

Jogging Outdoors

My first adventure this weekend was the Dunnellon Trail in Florida. I was doing some service there with my Church this Sunday and decided it was a great chance to check out the local trails in that area.

The hike had a great path for bikers and hikers. I decided to jog the 2.5 mile trail in one shot. It was very exciting and I loved being outside amongst the trees and fresh air. But running outdoors doesn’t come without it’s challenges. Changes in elevations, obstacles in the way and the need for greater concentration all are things to consider before starting.

For my first time jogging outside I also found myself ill prepared. My treadmill running shoes became a bit uncomfortable and it led me to believe I may need to purchase a pair of hiking shoes in the future that are better suited for outdoor ground.

As for hydration, holding a water bottle while moving can be an inconvenience. So I decided to purchase a backpacking with a hydration pack for future outdoor runs. The one I chose was the Camelbak H.A.W.G. if anyone is interested that I found in this list of cheaper GoRuck alternatives. Yes, I was going to purchase a GoRuck backpack but decided to go with the Camelbak instead because of the included water reserve.

Ok enough about my shopping splurges. Although it’s fun to pick up new gear that’s not what this fitness journey is about.

Eating Better Is A Journey In of Itself

So I’ve gotten more active and it was time to simultaneously be proactive about my eating habits. I have cut out soda and sugary beverages from my diet to continue. But the fast food seems to be an issue still. I’m still working on that. One obstacle seems to be eating while away from home. At work, packing a lunch is still a new concept that I have yet to employ. So when my stomach starts growling at noon I’m usually off to the nearest restaurant for a quick bite to eat. This leads to some poor food choices. I hope to improve on this in the near future as I come up with a easier system on packing a lunch in the morning. As I’m writing this now I’m noticing that this is the weakest link in my fitness journey.

Setting A Sleep Schedule Has Really Made A Difference

I’ve also been working on my rest. This is actually the easiest part for me believe it or not. Setting a time at night where I can relax and read a book or do some Bible study before bed has really helped me relax and get ready for sleep. Before I consciously did this I would go to sleep at any hour I pleased depending on what I was doing that night. Setting a strict schedule of “relaxing time” and “bed time” has made a big difference in how I feel the next day. Coupled with exercise in the morning I am starting to feel a big difference in my overall mood and energy levels in only a few days.