7 Things I’ve Learned in My First Month of Getting Fit

1. Plan for your week ahead

It is vitally important to plan for the upcoming week. For me that means getting everything together the night before, what I am wearing to work, my breakfast, lunch,  my work out clothes including socks, leggings, shoes, my bible and reading materials for my devotion the next morning. I have lost precious time looking for things and walking around in circles. (remember I am up most mornings 4:30 or 5 am) I need to be at the exercise room no later than 5:10 and that’s pushing it.

2. Get to bed on time

I am a morning person, but let me preface that I am not the annoying, overly cheery, I have had 10 cups of coffee morning person. I simply function better earlier, so working out in the morning is best for me. When I get home I cook dinner, spend time with my family, and prepare for the next day. As early as I get up I should be in bed at the latest 9:30 pm. Most nights that does not happen but I am determined to do better. I have to! Besides I feel better when I am rested and more likely to stick to my workout schedule.

3. Gradually ease into it

As you know I am 50 years old (an out of shape 50-year-old) so I knew I couldn’t go out and try to run a mile my first day. I didn’t want to injure myself before I even really got started. Use wisdom. It will come, slow and steady is key. Rome wasn’t built-in a day.

4. Small Changes

I had to go back to basics with my eating habits. Eating breakfast everyday, for me it has to be something portable that I can eat once I get to work or quickly at home (oatmeal, yogurt and fruit, grapefruit, cheese and crackers, avocado on toast). My weakness is Chik-fil-A lemonade, fries, pasta, rice and sweets. If I don’t take my lunch I opt for salads, most restaurants even fast food places have nutrition guides on their websites. Salads can be deceiving if you don’t check to see how much fat, sodium etc are in said item. I replace the junk like fries for a side salad or skip the bread when I am eating out (carbs – also a weakness) Don’t bring things in your home that you know are a struggle for you. Or buy things that you don’t like that maybe the rest of your family enjoys. If It’s here I am going to eat it! I don’t think you should deprive yourself either but I had to really get this thing under control.

5. Give yourself a break

I don’t feel like working out everyday, if I don’t workout I try to make it up on the next day. I don’t always resist those food temptations but I know I can try again tomorrow. I know this is a journey I didn’t gain almost 30 pounds over night it was gradual and I won’t break bad habits, lose the weight and get in shape over night. I am in it for the long haul.

6. The right gear is critical

All of my workout clothes were old,  didn’t fit properly, uncomfortable and unattractive. I had running shoes that I rarely used but since I hadn’t run in them I didn’t know they weren’t the right shoes for me. My sweet husband took me to a running store and I was fitted for shoes that were right for me not just my size but how I actually run. (who knew) He also made sure I had running socks, leggings etc. Did you guys know that you could buy athletic panties? As a bonus the stuff is cute!

7. Set Goals and a why

My goal is to be in better physical shape and to lose weight. Why? Diabetes runs in my family (both my mother and father’s side) so I want to get healthier for my family. I would like to be at 135-137 pounds by my 51st birthday in September or sooner. I also have vanity goals to look better in clothes without having to be outfitted in fifty layers of Spanx. I have a dress I bought over a year ago in the size I still thought I was. That dress still has the tag on it. I hope to get into it by June.

What are you learning on your journey to fitness? If you are already fit share some of the things that help you get there and what keeps you motivated to stay fit?




  1. Lisa
    March 13, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    This was awesome! I’m totally inspired, especially with the preparation in advance!!! I think about it, now just hoping to execute(consistently)I’m learning to “give myself a break” and KEEP going! Sometimes I’ve set an unrealistic goal and felt defeated! But not anymore, I know what, why, and how, it’s gonna take me a lil longer… but it’s Thanks

    • Karen's Essentials
      March 15, 2017 / 6:45 pm

      Hi Lisa thank you glad this was encouraging! That’s my goal to inspire and encourage one another. It’s not easy going at it alone. Keep taking small steps you will get there.

  2. LaShawn Toomer Hill
    March 14, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    Well said and good advice!

    • Karen's Essentials
      March 15, 2017 / 6:44 pm

      Thanks LaShawn 🙂

  3. LaShawn Toomer Hill
    March 14, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    One thing I have done for the last 6 years is make a green smoothie each morning (it was just to help keep me full, not replace my regular meal, because I ENJOY food). LOL. I love fruits and veggies but realized I wasn’t getting all the vitamins I needed each day. It really has been a great supplement. This week, I decided to do the 10-day green smoothie cleanse in an effort to detox. It includes drinking 3 smoothies a day and having snacks in between. I’m on day 2 and have been having those all-important BMs to rid the toxins. Doing new things because I’m 50 and feel so fabulous! Keeping God’s temple in tip top shape…

    • Karen's Essentials
      March 15, 2017 / 6:43 pm

      LaShawn I like the idea of green smoothies each day! I love smoothies and have a Vitamix no excuse just need to prep the night before! Yes honey 50 feels good lol!

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