Fat2Fit 3 Weeks In

I’m coming up on my fourth week of Fat2Fit’s 6 Month Transformation. My husband calls it the meal plan. Some light exercises were included in the first month’s program instructions, but we ended up replacing them with walking and hiking more. When we looked ahead to month 2 of the program, we didn’t like those exercises, either. I’ll definitely agree with my husband on this one. It’s turned out to be a meal plan for us.

It’s the first meal plan I’ve come across in any app or diet website with normal food. I’m not sure why the other places feel the need to diversify a person’s palate. Their weird recipes just scare me away. Fat2Fit’s lean protein and vegetables are comfortingly familiar. The protein powders, bars, and green drinks taste okay. It’s food we can eat.

We’re starting to feel comfortable eating out once in a while. Keeping a running calorie count is becoming second nature. Still, I would like to check myself at this milestone and avoid becoming too comfortable casually going to a restaurant. It’s sobering to realize just how quickly a couple bad food choices can landslide into a full-blown SAD diet and obesity.

We are waiting for the end of week 4 to weigh in. After watching all of the Fit2Fat2Fit episodes and seeing the emotional rollercoaster people went through by judging their progress from the scale alone, we decided it would be better to just weigh in once a month and celebrate that big number. Tracking progress with improved fitness and shrinking clothes sizes seems to be emotionally healthier.

So far, I’ve donated all of my “L” sized clothes, which I was just barely squeezing into a mere 3 weeks ago. Being intimate with each other is also much more comfortable; we fit together better.

My husband and I walk at least 4 miles each night. We walked 5.5 miles tonight. It doesn’t physically hurt to walk up long and steep inclines anymore. I’m riding Max at least 3x a week. I’m building up my fitness to be able to canter. I’ll share more on the Canter Project in another post.

As I prepared for the upcoming second month of the program, I chose to find a different fitness routine because I didn’t feel that the focus on upper body bulking would serve me well as a female equestrian. The time and energy commitment for a ramped-up fitness program is hefty enough that I really wanted to make sure I was spending it all on a finished product that best suits me.

I found a free 4-week Equestrian Fitness program, “Fit EQ,” that matches the intensity of Fat2Fit’s standard workout plan while moving me in the exact direction I need to go for health and fitness. I’m thinking that the workouts will continue to be effective going through the entire 5 remaining months because I can increase the intensity of reps, weights, and resistance bands.

I’m looking forward to doing a one-month progress update in one week. It will be fun to find out how much the scale moves and see my one-month photos next to my start pictures. I definitely feel like this Fat2Fit decision has changed my life for the better, even more than I had hoped.

What’s to come!

I’ve been spending all of my time on No Zero pursuits. As a result, my list of blog posts that I need to write is piling up! Here’s a look ahead at what’s to come:

Equestrianism

Max and I have been making progress as a team.

Arena patterns have helped us so much. I need to write about a few of my favorites.

We’ve also been spending more time outside of the arena. There are many hills at our stable, and we’ve been climbing and descending them to practice for trails. I’ve also taken him on a mounted tour of his pasture, which is a trail ride itself!

Back in the arena, I’ve been remembering to focus on keeping him between my hands and legs and constantly check my balance/position. Of course, that’s something that every good rider just does automatically, but I’m still working on becoming a good rider.

I’ve been dreaming about cantering him at least three nights a week. That’s probably going to happen (finally!!!) this summer. I can’t wait to post a video!

Exercise

As if horseback riding wasn’t enough…

Spring is starting in East Tennessee, and that means spending time outside, preferably in the mountains! I’ve been throwing my family in the car and hitting up the many trails that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer. Each trail is worth its own blog post. The ever-changing beauty along the way has us constantly stopping to take pictures.

When we aren’t hiking, we’re pedaling along our town’s miles of connected greenbelts and parks. I’ve had the same mountain bike that I bought with one of my first paychecks at the age of 15, and I’ve upgraded it over the years. Now it’s an electric bike with an attachment to hook a dog to, which was sorely needed for my German Shepherd!

Following a strict healthy diet has given us so much more energy to get out and enjoy exercising for fun. I’m not sure if I’ll write about healthy eating, but it deserves a shout out.

Since we aren’t going out to eat, which has been the go-to activity for our family for years, I will be exploring other ways to have fun! There are a ton of places to go and spend money around here, and I look forward to trying them all out and telling you about what a great time we had!

Music

I’ve been playing around on my digital piano. It’s incredibly daunting to learn how to play. There are so many resources to choose from. The big thing I need to work on with music is setting aside time to be consistent and practice. I’m so hyped to go out and enjoy the sunshine that I just don’t find myself sitting around and thinking about playing the piano. It’s still early in the year, specifically my first No Zero Year, and adjusting to a disciplined life proves to be a learning curve.

Writing Prompts

Seeing as most of my follower bursts happen right after a writing prompt, it’s only fair that I keep up with demand. I also want to start my novel idea as a serial novel online. It’s going to be such a vast world, and I could use the ongoing critiques and fresh eyes from the internet to help me along the way.

Looking Back…

The sunshine has flipped my focus from music and writing to horseback riding and exercising, but I don’t want to give up the momentum in the former or the latter. I’m enjoying making each day not just a No Zero Day but also a little bit of everything day! As I strive to find balance and discipline, I’m made more aware that I need to study the art of discipline just as much as my individual pursuits.

Expect to see a little of everything I mentioned in a blog post soon!

Fat2Fit

I’ve picked a fitness plan for the rest of the year. I signed up for Fat2Fit. The first month of it is focused on healthy eating, bare minimum core exercises, and stretching. I’ve started meal prepping with the program’s plan. There’s still protein powder, bars, and other health food that I’m waiting to get from various places online, so I won’t officially start my first month until I have all of those.

Drew put the stretches and exercises for the first month on YouTube. I’m going to be doing the stretches twice a day and the exercises once (but two reps), thirty seconds each.

Body Project: Fun, Low Impact Workout for Total Beginners

In a world of $3500 workout machines whose main selling point is a subscription-based workout video coach, have we all forgotten about YouTube? YouTube makes working out so easy. You can find any kind of expert-led workout in a few minutes and get moving!

I like this workout because it’s low impact and it’s for beginners. I haven’t done cardio videos in a couple years. I followed along with another Body Project video a couple weeks ago, but it was a little much for me. I want to pause a maximum of 5 times and actually enjoy the workout in general. I feel like this is a workout I can do for a couple of weeks and then add in some hand weights. The hunky instructor was even covered in sweat when he was finished.

KI-BON

I am excited to publish my first post in the Exercise category. I have managed to do a lot of exercise through horseback riding, but that does not count because it all goes in the horseback riding section!

Before COVID19 gave me an excuse to become a shut in, my kids were enrolled in Taekwondo. It is an amazing sport that helped improve their attitude and fitness. Because of its close contact nature, and the fact that class is basically a room full of heavily breathing people that have gathered from miles around, we chose to suspend their training. Right before that decision, my husband and I had jumped in on the fun and started adult classes. There is a huge difference between laughing at the kids while they are tortured with group exercise and being laughed at by the kids when it is your turn! Even the warmup exercises are enough to make everything burn and steal your breath.

With the end of the pandemic in sight, I thought it would be a great time to pick up my training at home. Our school has everything on YouTube to facilitate at home practice.

I set my timer for half an hour and repeated the form until time was up. I got so warm that I moved outside (in the middle of winter!!!) after ten minutes. It felt great! I could feel my balance improve tremendously, which is something I desperately need to bring my horseback riding back up to par.

The form only has 14 moves. I think it would be fun if you got up and tried it, too! If I can do it, surely you can! Post a reply if you got up and tried it out. I don’t usually like to prompt readers into replying, but fitness is something worth goading people for.