This won't be the first time I've said it and I know it won't be the last.
I don't really like exercising. I have always been a sedentary, introverted bookworm who'd rather stay cooped up in bed all winter then unroll my yoga mat and intentionally hurt myself.
But it's the new year and I've been taking a pretty critical look at myself. And taking stock of where my health is, what condition my body is in, what my alcohol intake has been the last few months...I'm not happy.
So rule #1 for January was cutting out beer completely. And aside from half a glass from the boy's bottle a few nights ago, I've been successful. I know it's gonna be a challenge - I've got the genes of a drunk Irish Catholic history to contend with and a habit of drinking several times a week to really face down and eliminate.
But that's just the start.
In order to get my health back on track, I need to start listening to my body and eating more regularly. It doesn't even always need to be super healthy food - but I gotta nix the habit to go twelve hours without food and believing that I can subsist solely on black coffee. Just no bueno.
And like I said, I hate exercise. I'll do a spot of yoga here and there - because it's low impact and I'm pretty flexible already. But I need to up my game if I want to tighten up my core, lose some of the belly and back fat a regular drinking routine gained me and just generally strengthen every part of my body up.
I want to know my body. I want to love my body. And I want it to feel like it belongs to me instead of something I just live in.
Without further adieu, I am going to be starting a 28-day POP Pilates exercise routine via Youtuber blogilates - starting Monday. In order to hold myself accountable, I'm going to be sharing the 28-day Calendar for this program AND a 'before' photo.
This is my body right now. It's not....great. And naturally, it's very hard to post these photos knowing that really, anyone could look at them. Even if I have covered up my face.
So, after the first six days, I will post another photo like this sharing my progress. And another after that, until I reach the 28 day mark.
Wish me luck!