Michelle Fegatofi's weekly summary about her journey to a healthier lifestyle
So, you might have noticed I haven’t posted in about a month. We have been on #vacation since the second week of August and before that, I was preparing for a couple of friends visiting from the USA and the UK. But now, I’m back and have a lot to tell you!
First, let me say thank you if you have stuck around and followed me through this Get Fit / #Weight #loss #journey I have undertaken since 10 January, 2018. This is Week 34 of Operation Get Fit No Excuses!
While on vacation, I gave myself permission to eat anything I wanted and boy did I! We ate at some fabulous restaurants, most of which Padrone and I had never been to. I can’t even tell you all the pasta dishes, chicken entrees, desserts and ice cream that I ate! But, it was vacation and I knew that once we returned to our normal routine, we would start eating healthier again. I am officially back to a no meat, plant-based (#tofu, #mopur, #quinoa, etc) #diet.
As far as exercising, I have been pretty lax on keeping up with that also. I’ve worked out probably an average of every other day for at least 30 minutes or more. I can tell that my body is not used to me not moving and exercising because I’ve been sore the past week especially. My muscles have gotten used to their exercise routine and want me to go back to it! I am starting tomorrow.
I can definitely tell the change in my energy levels from eating whatever I wanted instead of my usual plant-based only diet. The past two weeks, I’ve felt more sluggish and tired throughout the day. I’ve had to sleep more than usual also. On my regular diet, I have lots of energy and sleep much less on average per day. I also started experiencing heartburn and reflux a couple of times during vacation. I haven’t had to deal with these problems since February when I switched to a vegetarian diet.
Although I throughly loved the variety of foods we ate for the past two weeks and don’t feel any quilt or regret at all, I can really understand now what a difference diet and exercise make in our daily lives. I feel like I conducted an experiment without meaning to. I can say I really appreciate what I’ve been able to accomplish over the past months with hard work and determination.
Fortunately, even though we did eat a lot of not-so-good-for-us food, I didn’t gain any weight! I actually lost some weight and a few centimeters as well! Here are my measurements from July and August:
While I am returning to my normal exercise regimen, I am easing back into it so I don’t stress my body out or hurt myself. This is very important, especially if you have been inactive for a period of time. While it’s normal to feel a little sore after a workout, you should not feel pain! That’s a huge sign you overdid it!
This leads me to a completely new topic: clothes! Now, many women love to shop for clothes. I am not one of those women. I hate clothes shopping. But since I literally had nothing to wear for fall or winter, I had to buy an entirely new wardrobe. While I hate shopping, I love finding bargain basement prices! I do most of my shopping online at a site called Bonprix. I have searched high and low and found many things on sale that I actually like and in my new size for under €8 a piece on average! Even though I had to spend money on new clothes, I was able to do it for a very cheap price.
That’s all the new from me now. We had a fabulous vacation and time off. But, today marks our return to work and reality! Visit me next week for a new blog post. You can also visit my YouTube channel to see me talk about a variety of topics, not just exercise and diet related. See you next week!