January 14, 2015 (original post here)
One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to get healthier, and today at work and on my drive home, I finally had the urge to get started. If you haven’t read what my resolutions are for this year, you can read it here. So here’s why I finally decided to get started and how I’m planning to keep myself on track.
For the past couple of days, I just haven’t been feeling like myself. I was feeling sluggish and bleh, yes, you can feel like bleh. Today at work as I was walking around, all I wanted to do was head to the gym and have a nice bowl of grapes (I love grapes and I can legitimately eat them for every meal). On my drive home from work, I was coming up with another idea for a blog entry when it hit me, the last time I truly felt my best was when I was going to the gym and eating nutritional meals, so why not start again? I used to track my calories and exercise regularly about 2-3 years ago, but I stopped when I felt like I had everything under control. Since then, a lot has happened, and I feel like my eating habits are all over the place.
So I took action, and decided that I wanted to stop feeling sluggish and bleh. I downloaded this one app called MyFitnessPal, I used this app when I first decided to get my eating habits under control. I loved it because it made me accountable for everything I ate, what I didn’t like was the fact that the food inventory didn’t have a lot of options so I had to put all the nutritional information in manually. Now with the updated version there’s a wider variety of choices and there’s also a wider variety in the exercise portion. This app is great if you want to lose weight, maintain weight, or gain weight because it works using your own goals, your measurements, and you can adjust how much weight you’d want to gain or lose a week, and from there it provides you with the amount of calories you need to eat per day. When I first used this app, it helped me lose about 10-15 pounds, which was impressive to me.
To help keep me more accountable I decided to create a profile on another app called PumpUp. This app is like Instagram, but it’s focused on health and fitness rather than selfies, sceneries, “foodporn,” etc. With this app, I plan to actually publish my Diary from MyFitnessPal and any legitimate exercise that I do (e.g. going to the gym, on a walk, etc.). I think this is neat because this is another way for me to keep myself accountable for actually logging down what I eat and actually doing physical activities. Now, you might be wondering, “Why don’t you just create another Instagram account?” Well, the main reason is because I don’t want to switch in between my personal Instagram and my healthy lifestyle one <— lazy, I know, but it’s true. I also like the fact that this is solely committed to a healthy lifestyle and I can log activities that I do through the app.
If you’re interested in joining me on this journey, you can follow me on PumpUp, my username is ciaociao808. I would love it if I had some of you following me on this journey and that way we can encourage each other! It wasn’t really easy for me to talk about this because I usually like to keep these things to myself, that way I don’t have others distracting me or trying to tempt me to quit, but I thought that since it’s still relatively early in the year, we can start this journey together. I also thought it would be a great way to demonstrate another point that I had made in another blog, which is that if you’re tired of feeling sick and tired, then just get up and change it. So that’s what I’m doing.
Please feel free to join me and follow me! I’m going to try and keep track of my meals and activities on both apps and I’ll hopefully remember to come on here and give updates on how I’m doing!