I finally feel like I’m getting back into the (pardon the pun) “swing” of things where the kettlebell is concerned. And it feels really good! For Christmas, I got the 18kg (40lb) kettlebell from my uncles. So far, I have the 8kg (18lb), two – 12kg(26lb), a 16kg(35lb) and an 18kg(40lb) kettlebell.
It’s hard to believe that it will soon be a year (January 17th) since I picked up my first kettlebell. Has it really been a year? I’m upset with myself over my lack of consistency and hard training the latter part of 2011. I have no one to blame but myself. I keep thinking about how much further along I would be in my training and I cringe. But it is a new year and it doesn’t do any good to sit and stew about that which I cannot change, right?
My plan this year is to really strive for consistency in my kettlebell practice and in the way I fuel my body. Consistency and growth. I need to get a pull-up bar too. That is one thing I have never been able to do (a proper pull-up) and I aim to change that. My strength has always been in my legs. My upper body – not so much – but that is only because I never properly trained my upper body despite the weightlifting I used to do. I mainly focused on my legs. That is another thing I love about the kettlebell – it works your entire body.
In terms of eating, my husband and I agreed to eliminate eating out when it is just the three of us at home. We have never been big out-to-eaters anyway especially these last few years as we’ve cleaned up our diet. If we did anything, it was order in once a month or so from our favorite Thai or Indian restaurant. Once in a great while it was more than that, but we’ve noticed that eating restaurant food messes with our systems too much. It is NOT that their food isn’t good but rather our bodies are just not used to it any longer. And as you all know, I love to cook. Since the addition of the pressure cooker, I’ve gone a little crazy cooking and freezing meals so much so that our chest freezer is filled to capacity! I would much rather eat home cooked food especially since I know everything that has gone into it both nutritionally and ingredient-wise.
Another thing that has really been hitting me and pushing me to do better for myself and for my family is the fact that I turn 40 in March. I need to focus on my health and my fitness more than ever before. I am determined to get into the best shape of my life. I’ve never really been “out of shape” except for my pregnancy. But I know I can do better and I will!