Yup, that’s right, I’m starting my health journey all over again. These last few years have been up and down when it comes to my health journey. While this has all taught me so much, it’s time to start getting better.
Let me be clear, it’s not like I didn’t try working towards my health earlier, but I was stuck in the leeway of going through a plan with my doctor. I’ve officially been able to kick SIBO to the curb, but leaky gut and candida are still hanging out in the chat. Over the course of the last ~ three or so months, I’ve been working with my doctor to basically tear down and rebuild my gut.
Now that I’m feeling semi-better, I really want to focus back on feeling my best AND I mean really focusing on it. Long story short, the meds that help me tear down candida aren’t super pleasing ~ they make you feel like poo. That meant putting my workouts to a halt and just trying to keep my head up honestly. Since I’m about 2-3 months in, I wanted to get back into the habit of working out and feeling better. Here’s how I’m going to do it + how you can too:
I want to cut this section short to bear you some time. And, if you look back, you can find my SIBO journey and the update shortly after. Since then, I’ve found out that my candida came back stronger. Even though that sets me back on my track, I’m happy to have doctors that are able to help me start getting better.
I’m going easy on myself. Instead of jumping right back into things, I’m slowing down. I swapped my hard-core 500 calorie hit morning workouts for at-home yoga, pilates, long walks, or short HIIT session. Instead of setting my Apple watch calories to over 500, I set it to 300 ~ baby steps. And, I wanted to get in at least 30 minutes of movement every day, whether that be a walk or pilates.
Motivation isn’t always there, lets be real. I do have to push myself to get up and get my movement in sometimes, but it’s worth it when you’re done. Honestly, the only thing that deters me from working out is getting away from the computer. I tend to justify working as it can be more beneficial than spending that hour on myself (but it isn’t). You should always choose you and your mental health over everything else.
Here’s the low-down. I LOVED saving money from canceling my gym membership. Instead, I invested in some pieces to use at home. For instance, resistance bands, a nice yoga mat, a back roller, and so much more. For workouts, I have use Sarah’s Day guide, make up my own using her app, follow along with Yoga with Adriene on Youtube or Move with Nicole pilates. Find out what style of workout works for you and purchase what you choose or do more research on Youtube for instructors.
The meal plan
While I’m rebuilding my gut, I’m pretty much constricted to meat and veggies. So I eat the same things to leave it short and sweet. I love brussels sprouts, kale, spring mix, steak, tuna, and chicken. I’m not able to eat sugar, so there aren’t any secret sauces or anything up my sleeve currently. I eat super bland and simple until my little cleanse has come to a wrap.
The mental aspect
I’ve honestly never really put yoga, meditation, journaling, or anything else to the forefront of my day. Since we’ve started to spend more time indoors, I’ve been wanting to put more time towards that. Getting up and stretching, journaling, and taking some time for myself before jumping right into work has grown to be a habit. Lately, I’ve been trying manifesting through journaling in the morning and sometimes at night ~ you’ll hear more about that later.
To get on a new health track with me, figure out your:
- Meal plan
- + calming routine additives
Whether you do this with me or not, I am SO excited for y’all to join me on this journey. You can follow along here, or on my Instagram for daily updates!