My own 30-day health focus- Day 0

Over the next month I’m going to really zero in and have my own 30 day health focus. I’m a nutrition and fitness coach who helps other people with their own goals, but today I feel like the plumber who has promised his family a new bathroom for the last 5 years but never gets around to it. I’m so busy looking after everyone else that my own health needs a bit of an overhaul and refocus.

The focus will be on both my mental and physical health. And checking in here each day will be part of my mental focus. I actually really miss just writing for the sake of writing. Fit Chick Chronicles started out as a documentation of my own thoughts around food and fitness, but as it became my business. I don’t just write posts for pleasure anymore. It’s become about ‘serving’ my audience, and looking up keywords and analyzing headlines.

I’ve also just come back from a month of being away on holiday. A month of not having my own kitchen to prepare food and stick with a routine. A month of lots of walking, but not a lot of strength training. I have visited a gym a couple of times in the last 2 weeks with my brother’s girlfriend while we were in Toronto. And I’ve been that weird person who actually uses the free weights in the hotel gym. But nothing consistent and I’m feeling a tad apprehensive about getting back into it all.

I arrived home yesterday morning at 8 am after 4 flights in 36 hours, and possibly a total of 5 hours of sleep in that time. I’m still feeling like I’ve been hit by a bus. In these 30 days, what I’m going to log isn’t necessarily going to be just about food and fitness, they will be thoughts about how it fits in with my work, life and family.

So here on day zero, I’m going to head to the supermarket and load up on fruit and vegetables. Prepare 2 meals to get me started for the week and make a plan for what I’m going to eat tomorrow. I know I talk about meal planning with clients, but in all honesty, I don’t feel like I can plan a whole weeks worth of food, and I know that I won’t necessarily stick with it. Stuff will come up. As the 30 days go on I’ll plan further ahead, but on this Sunday morning, as I’m typing from bed, I don’t think I can.

Here are the health focus parameters I’m going to set for myself:

  • I am going to plan out what I’m going to eat the next day before I go to sleep. If I stray from that plan, that’s fine, I’ll just log what I ate and move on. But I know not having a plan is a recipe for it all falling apart.
  • I am going to exercise every day but I’m going to be kind to myself about it. I really need to get back into a consistent routine, so I’m going to aim to get to a Crossfit class every day. If you’re not a Crossfitter that might sound extreme but it’s not. Crossfit classes are great because I can just turn up, not have to program anything for myself, do it, then leave. But I’m going to start with the idea that I’m there to start moving and not beat myself up mentally when I’m not performing at my own peak.
  • I’m going to focus on whole foods, and avoid processed foods as much as possible, but I’m definitely not going to ‘ban’ anything.

I’d love if you came along with me on this 30 day journey. Make sure you subscribe to the blog, feel free to comment and let me know what you think or if you have any questions about your own health. And by all means, feel free to share it. It will up my accountability to show up 🙂

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jlistermartin

I'm a freshly retired dance studio owner, who is on a quest to nourish my soul creatively and artistically.

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