Now that the prime “New Years Resolutions” time has passed, I wanted to briefly reflect on one of my goals for the new year: strengthening my core. As I mentioned before, I have a lot of back pain and know that committing to strengthening exercises and a more disciplined workout routine will help alleviate a lot of the aches that bother me on a daily basis. It’s such a copout to use the phrase “I don’t have time,” and I hate that that’s been my reason for not working out as diligently over the past few weeks. barre3 has 20 minute workout videos that can be done in the comfort of your own home, and sometimes even getting to those seems “inconvenient.” I feel ridiculous even putting this into writing right now, because we all lead busy lives and still find ways to make time for the things that are important to us.
Another obvious aspect of being healthy is consuming good, wholesome food. I’ve alluded to this before, but eating well is something I’ve always struggled with – I’ll blame it on the insane sweet tooth I inherited from my dad (is “fried food tooth” a thing, too?). My doctor has told me to make a conscious effort to cut down on crappy food because it was showing in my cholesterol levels, and – newsflash, Mons: eating a ton of fruit and working out doesn’t exactly “cancel things out.”
Luckily, my tastebuds have matured over the past couple of years and I finally crave [certain] vegetables. Eating them still feels like more like a rarity than it should (I need to stop being impressed with myself when I eat a huge bowl of vegetables…this should be the norm!) and this is something I’m currently trying to work on. Of course, balance is going to be key, but it should look more like 70–30 and not the 50–50 I currently abide by. If you follow me on Instagram or saw me much in the month of January, you likely know that I was doing JRINK’s 30 Day Challenge, which ended about a week ago. A more detailed post to follow, but it really helped me appreciate how good your body can feel when you sub out an unhealthy snack for a good one.
If any of you have struggled with this, I’d love to know how you a) strengthened your core and body (why can’t this happen overnight?) and b) how you turned your eating habits around. I’m also entertaining the idea of trying Kayla Itsine’s workout, which sounds both exhilarating and terrifying. All tips are welcome!
Photos by Katie Urban