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Failing to be fit

November 19, 2018

What’s harder than taking candy from a baby? Sticking to your fitness goals. Every year, I make plans to get toned, fit and snatched. I scroll through the gram and see the videos of women squatting and doing crazy ab work and I say “YES! That’s gonna be me soon”.

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I go as far as creating routines, getting equipment and workout wear. The first day arrives and I’m all pumped and ready to go. I do 10 leg raises, manage 4 crunches, get halfway into doing a push-up and then plop! I’m lying on my carpet panting for air, wondering when I got so unfit.

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And when it’s not working out, it’s eating. I tell myself I’m going to limit the amount of junk food I consume. I’m going to eat my veggies and my fruits and drink water. In 2 days time, I’m doing homework while dipping a slice of pizza in Creamy Garlic dipping sauce.

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(I mean, technically pizza sauce is made from tomatoes, and tomatoes are veggies. Cheese is rich in both calcium and protein so cheese isn’t bad for me. And garlic is a healthy herb/spice. So pizza is healthy.…… At least that’s how I justify it)

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Point is, sticking to fitness and eating goals is hard as hell, especially as a student who has to juggle work and school. How am I supposed to keep my waist snatched, have abs, work, get good grades and maintain my sanity?

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But I’m trying. I really am. Here are some things I’m doing to get and stay as fit as I possibly can:

  • I’m trying not to buy junk food when I do groceries. I tell myself if I don’t buy them, they won’t be in the refrigerator and therefore I won’t slip. Makes sense right? I make a list before going and I try really hard to stick to it. Veggies, fruits and healthy snacks.

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  • But at the same time, I give myself cheat days. If it so happens that I have fast food once in a while, I’m learning not to beat myself up. Life is short. I hate to be morbid but something will kill us at the end of the day. I don’t know about you, but I’m okay with dying from consuming ice-cream.

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    • I try to take my water bottle with me every day and I walk around with it. I tell myself “I don’t need to buy juice/drinks, I have water.” I’m trying to avoid buying pop and other juices which tend to have a high sugar content. Plus I’ve heard it can help me to have better skin.

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    • Instead of buying food from the cafeteria or from fast-food restaurants, I try (key word: try... it doesn’t always work) to grab or make something from home before heading out. It saves money plus since I make it, I know what ingredients are in it so I can guarantee that it’s healthier. If I happen to grab something from the cafeteria, I try to get a salad or a healthy snack box.

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      • Working out after a long day is anything but easy. However, I try to do at least 15 minutes every day. I don’t go to the gym. I stay right at home on my carpet. I’ve found home routines and so far, I’ve done well sticking to them. It’s pretty beneficial. I find that after working out, I’m in a better mood and in higher spirits.

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The thing about fitness, I’ve realized, is you will never achieve your goals overnight. It all takes time. Making small changes every day can make a big difference. And someday we will all taste...

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