While I love a good set of resolutions, I don’t often make fitness ones. They have a history of failure with me. Nonetheless, I found myself signing up for Barre 3’s “Be All In” program for this month – the path of not making fitness resolutions was getting me nowhere, fast. Throw in an unaccompanied tour, a transatlantic move, a job change and a healthy helping of American portion sizes and I bet that you could predict (correctly) that I got to nowhere even faster.
So while I don’t normally sign up for these kinds of things, I figured that some start – even if imperfect – is better than no start at all. Monday was the official kick off, although I’ve been warming up a bit over the end of last week with an intro class and doing things like cutting down my multiple cups of coffee to just one (okay, maybe one and a half). The goal is five classes a week – pretty lofty if you’re starting at zero, and there’s an eating plan if you choose, and online workouts if you can’t make it in, and what seems to be an incredibly friendly community.
But we all know the best part about a new workout regimen is new workout clothes, especially if you old ones are somewhere between here and there in a storage facility. So here are a few things on my self-improvement list for now:
- WATER! Better habit #1. I actually kept track last week and noticed that since moving back, I was drinking almost no water, or very little. Which is very unlike me…But somehow the mission creep of coffee and diet coke replaced a lot of water intake, while dehydrating at the same time, so this has been part of my plan to fix up. I’m weird about drinking out of plastic (people think I’m nuts but I swear that it tastes different) so I love the Bkr bottles and recently got a new one. I keep a huge one in my office now to make sure I’m drinking throughout the day, and got a smaller one for workouts.
- Black Sneakers: In Europe, a pair of these always seems to be standard issue and Denmark this was definitely the case. I’m not sure where mine went in the move but I could use a pair now that walking is my main mode of transportation to the barre studio. Now if I could get enough gumption to also walk the mile and change from my home to work.
- Post-workout sweatshirts: I almost never wear sweatshirts but I love them after a workout – something about them, if they’re nice and soft feels like a nice hug.
- FitBit: I’ve never worn a tracker or counted steps but I needed to start. Much like the water thing, once I moved back and started going into the office, basic walking and movement seemed to fall off the radar. I don’t have a step goal that I’m counting to yet but I wanted to know at least where I was starting from and if I could make a difference in that number a month from now.
- FitBit Scale: I don’t think I’ve owned a scale in years. Which is maybe part of my problem. This one just arrived in the mail so I still have to set it up but I loved the idea of being able to track change over time and the scale “speaking” to the FitBit in terms of the efforts I was making.
- Sports Bra: Another item that mysteriously floated off into the Atlantic during the move. Or maybe I just didn’t bother to pack them. At any rate, while I love to have them built into tops (like this top and this top), the reality is that most of the time that doesn’t work for me so this has become a good staple.
- My new favorite hoodie: Please ref number 3. I don’t usually hang around in things like these, but I love this sweatshirt/jacket with the big soft collar, especially on these recent freezing days we’ve been having. And I don’t get to wear it unless I work out so it’s kind of a weird motivator for me.
- Gym Bag: In reality, I would love a backpack to take the burden off my shoulders while walking with my work stuff and workout stuff, but a similar bag has been standing in until I figure that out.
For anyone that has recommendations on workout wear or favorite gear for someone restarting like me, I’m all ears. I’ve been trying to take advantage of the Athleta sales but GapFit and the Champion lines for Target have been favorites in the past. LuluLemon too but well, it can get a little spendy when you’re trying to build up some basics.
And since you can never have too many black workout pants:
Photo credit up top: The Barre3 Magazine – it’s full of all sorts of health tips even if you don’t do the January challenge!