April has come to a close and May is officially here. Events such as weddings, horse racing (Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes) and graduations are taking over the calendar, which makes me happy that I blocked out the month of April to dedicate to my fitness and health. Health is a journey, not a destination and this year, there were a few lessons I learned.
1) Stay hydrated. This is especially important as the weather warms up and the humidity soars. Water is needed by every metabolic and cellular function in your body, and when you are dehydrated -- even slightly -- your body has to extract fluid from your food and hold onto it, creating a supply reserve, to ensure your cells have enough to work properly. This energy is used to take water from your foods rather than repair your body. Dehydration also causes fatigue and mimics feelings of hunger. To make sure you are properly hydrated, divide your weight in pounds in half and drink that number in fluid ounces every day).
2) Schedule workouts. I have to put workouts on my calender and schedule them one week out. If I don't take the time to plan, workouts get pushed to the back burner and work, coffee dates and dinners take priority.
3) I have a hard time trying new "things" and in this case, workouts. I've said for months (possibly years) that I'm going to take a Zumba class. Guess what? This year's 30 for 30 came and went, with nary a Zumba class in sight. Or a barre class. Or paddleboarding. You get the point. I stick to what I know: running, biking, swimming, yoga, strength work. Exercise should be fun, and the above workouts are, but I often "forget" that hiking, hip hop class or kayaking count towards my daily activity.
4) Fitness is more than a number on a scale. While I didn't lose the 5 pounds I had hoped (I lost 3), I did notice that clothes fit better, which ultimately means a more toned body. I felt better from day to day, there was a smile on my face and a bounce in my step. Working out until it breaks me or severely limiting my calories won't provide any of those effects.
Thank you, dear reader and 30 for 30 warriors, for joining me on this leg of the journey. But, as I said, this path continues and we continue to walk it together. I LOVED reading all of your experiences and am grateful for all of the wonderful (and constructive) feedback. Tomorrow, I will announce the winner of the Giveaway, which includes a Springy Danielle Nicole handbag and items (including nutrition bars!) from Vega.
Keep plugging along; update me on your progress and remember to enjoy the journey...
Until tomorrow (or next year for the challenge)...