In early October 2021 I was completely fed up with my low energy level combined with numerous health issues, so I decided to create a personal training plan* to get fit. I have been walking daily for health benefits since then.
The results of my first 3 months of healthy and helpful habits are way better than I anticipated! Here is a short list of my results:
My overall fitness improved
Not that it was that difficult to improve … My stamina was so bad when I started in October last year, that even 300 steps more than the previous day was a BIG improvement! I guess that’s the upside of rock bottom. Every little step from there is up.
But I accomplished a lot more than just little steps and a few extra minutes. Most of the time I can walk 10000 steps a day now, without experiencing a backlash of several days.
It feels great to be able to walk like this again. Although I am not exactly ready for some serious hiking yet, I didn’t hike with my day pack for instance, I am getting there slowly but steady.
A half day hike in the forest nearby my house is doable, at least that’s what I think. It is on the agenda for the second half of January – I plan to hike with a friend and I am looking forward to it.
I lost 8.5 kilo in 3 months!
Losing so many kilos in winter is a huge and unexpected win for me. Especially December with all its holidays is a challenging month, but in general the ‘darker’ months of the year make me crave chocolate and big amounts of pasta or mashed potatoes… So I was celebrating, on the first day of this year, that my weight remained almost the same during the holidays.
OK, to be totally honest, between Christmas and New Years eve I gained 700 grams, which I immediately walked off during the first week of January. I was ridiculed by my friends and family, because I zoomed in on these 700 grams. But I didn’t care at all, and let them have their laugh. I know myself… If I go easy on myself and say “oh it doesn’t really matter, this is a special time, so give yourself some slack Kadanza”, these 700 grams will turn into 7 kilos before I know it!
I am committed to build healthy habits, for the long run. Falling off the wagon during holiday season isn’t a problem, but not correcting myself is the beginning of the end…
I am thrilled by my first 3 month weight loss numbers. I also happen to know hat I have to lose another 15 kilos for a more healthy weight. This isn’t a sprint, but a marathon. So I better make sure that I change my lifestyle for good.
I can walk for 2 hours straight now on most days
Who would have thought that, just 90 days ago? Not me! I was desperate back then. Now, I am almost ready for some beautiful hikes in nature around where I live! I give myself the joy of anticipation, already investigating which hike near me I will walk first. I even created a Pinterest board for it.
* In case you’re interested in what my personal walking program looks like, I wrote a short article about it. You can read it here: How I use hiking as exercise to get my health back
We started a small All Weather Walking Club
The idea is to motivate ourselves to go walking, no matter what the weather forecast is. This isn’t my own idea, I copied it from a friend. It seems to work wonderful for me.
Right now, I have 2 friends and 2 family members living nearby that are also committed to daily walking, so we decided to help ourselves and each other with reaching our goals by beginning the All Weather Walking Club. We have been sending each other direct messages, planned part of our walks together and above all, cheered for each other for the last 10 days.
Because of this newly formed community, I even walked a few times in pouring rain last week. On my own, I wouldn’t do it. For short walks near my home, this appears to be actually not a problem at all, the obstacle is entirely in my own mind.
I can change clothes when I come home, have lunch and a warm drink inside a heated room, what’s the fuss about anyway? A 4-hour hike in the rain still isn’t appealing to me, but the daily healthy habit of a short walk I can manage right now, even in bad weather.
The All Weather Walking Club is open for new members, so if you live in The Hague in the Netherlands, and would like to join us, let me know in the comment box below. You are welcome to walk with us.
Currently I am training for a proper 1-day hike of 20 km
All this walking around in my city and on the nearby beach is great for training, habit building and reaching my goals. I am proud of what I accomplished and the backyard beach didn’t lose its beauty by its familiarity.
But I miss the feeling of adventure and the variety in landscapes. So I am really looking forward to a ‘real’ hike, instead of a beach walk or city stroll, in the near future!
I am curious what the next 3 months will bring..
It is sensible to prepare myself for a slow down in results, I guess. Everybody around me keeps telling me that my weight will drop more gradually after the first big drop. I guess they are right. But as long as I see progress, both in energy level and in losing weight, I am on the right track.
So how about you?
Are your fitness goals any closer than in the 4th quarter of last year? Please, let me know in the comment box below!