how to transition and stick to healthy habits


One of the main focuses of this blog is to document my transition to a healthier lifestyle, and how you can, too. So, every now and then I’ve made sure to highlight my goals of trying to eat healthier and how I’ve attempted to lead a healthier lifestyle overall.

As of late, I haven’t mentioned it much because I’ve felt like I took two steps forward and five giant steps back. A few months ago, I had successfully weaned myself off soda, stopped eating candy, and was slowly but surely drinking more water every day. I had my meal planning and prepping down to a science and I felt awesome both physically and mentally.

Fast forward to today, and I’m back to drinking soda whenever I get the chance (i.e. whenever it’s free), have fallen behind in my Sunday meal prep (but I’m working on it), and I’m 90% sure these headaches I keep getting after practice are due to dehydration (oops). All in all, I haven’t gone back to square one, but I’m not where I want to be with my goals. All this means I’m going to start over in getting back into those great habits I was so proud of. So, today I’m sharing with you just how I transition and stick to healthy habits all in 2 easy ish steps!

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GEMMA’S Goals for October 2015


Because of how hectic September was for me I couldn’t put together a good post on my goals for the month.  Now that I’m back in Boston, and getting back into a stable routine, I’m jumping back into my monthly goals to keep track of what I want to get out of each month.


Testing Week! An Athlete’s Progress Report

This week was testing week for my teammates and I!  Testing week is essentially an athlete’s progress report that is done now and then to see how they are responding to training, and to highlight things they might need to work on as they continue with training.

I think testing is particularly helpful for athletes who have long training cycles. For track, the season doesn’t really get going for a few more months so testing breaks up training cycles and helps both you and your coach see how you’re responding to training. It’s also good motivation for the team and promotes bonding as you’re able cheer each other on and even compete against each other.  Personally, I like testing because I can get bogged down and drained by continuous, drawn out training, and for me it really makes the next training cycle feel like a clean slate to work on.
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Ab Challenge: The End

Well, it’s now week 5, which means the Ab Challenge is finally over!  *Cheers*

I feel pretty accomplished with completing my first challenge. Some days it was extremely difficult to not just head home immediately after my workouts. But, I stuck it out and now I’m much better at a lot more ab exercises than before.

My goals for the challenge were:

  1. To get better at doing the actual core exercises
  2. To make doing core work after my regular workouts more habitual.

In my opinion, I’ve achieved both, so I’m calling the challenge a success!
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Ab Challenge: Week 2 Update

Another update! Earlier this week I realized I never said how long the challenge would last, so I’m just going say it will last 5 weeks total, so this is the halfway point!

The numbering of the challenge posts kind of makes it a little confusing in terms of my weekly progress, but it is the third week for those who might have gotten confused!

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Ab Challenge: Week 1 Update

This is just a quick update on the challenge!  It’s been one week since I started and so far, so good.

My teammates have all been very supportive and have even joined me on some days as I did the exercises.  I can already see an improvement; I can do some exercises for longer now, and the ones that aren’t too difficult have become even easier.  Hopefully in a few more weeks I’ll be an abs master 😛

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My Ab Challenge

Last week, I did an ab circuit with my teammate, Tessa, after one of my weightlifting sessions, and it ended with me marveling at Tessa’s amazing ability to do each exercise longer than 20 seconds.

I’ve never been the type of person to stick to something very long, unless it happens by accident.  But, as I’m trying to change my bad habits into good ones, I figured I’d challenge myself every now and then, just so I get those small bursts of accomplishments, while I wait for the bigger results to come.

My first challenge is…ABS!

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Finding Inspiration

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
-Winston Churchill

This week has been a trial in keeping on track (excuse the pun, haha).

I’ve always been one to get disappointed in myself easily.  If things don’t go perfectly the first time, it’s easy for me to see myself as having immediately failed, and it’s hard to rev myself back up again.  I’ve known this for a long time, so I knew that trying to change my attitude and be more motivated and optimistic would be one of my hardest challenges on this journey to achieving my goals.

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#MotivationMonday And Then Things Got Real

As powerful as our legs are, as magnificent as our lungs and arms and muscles are, nothing matters more than the mind.
—Scott Jurek, Eat & Run

So classes started last week.  After the first day I wondered why I ever complained about being bored and having nothing to do.  Suddenly my days were packed with reading, studying, and basically trying to stay on track and organized.  But that’s school for you.

I talked to my coach and started easing into some workouts.  It was just some easy biking, warming up, and feeling around in the weight room.  I was a little sore, but in that way that makes you feel good about yourself.  Or at least, it made me feel good about myself.  This week should bring a real step into more substantial workouts, which I’m looking forward to.

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