As soon as Linda tagged me in the Body Questionnaire, I had to jump on board. Taking care of your temple is always the most important part of your daily routine, because how can you carry on everything else if you don’t have a strong physical foundation? I have been relatively open about how much stress I put my body through and my plan on healing it and restoring the nourishment it deserves.
These questions will really exude how I feel about not just my figure, but also how I feel about using it to my advantage in the future. This means developing my flexibility and opening up my palette. Yes, that means including some more yoga and accidentally vegan junk food into my routine. Hey, Nutter Butter’s sound pretty delicious right now. Anyways, I have also tagged a few lovely ladies at the end of the post to complete this questionnaire as well! Let’s spread the importance of loving your body inside and out!
Again, thank you to Linda for tagging me! Don’t forget to check out her original responses to the questionnaire at this link here!
- What are your goals?
- CAREER: I want to work for a company or organization that marries herbal medicine and agricultural sustainability. I’m not entirely sure what type of position is right for me, but I dream of traveling and exploring different fields and farms where I can witness the harvest firsthand.
- HEALTH: I hope that my menstrual cycle fully regulates. So far, I’ve only had one cycle after almost three years of having nothing. I should be expecting another one in a week or so.
- SOCIAL: I aim to branch out into more hangouts and parties that my friends organize, even if that means staying up until 1 AM in the morning. It’s healthy to surround myself with a different kind of crowd so I can learn new viewpoints!
- ULTIMATE END-GOAL: I just want to be happy and successful in what I value.
- What type of body does this require?
- One that is flexible, both physically and emotionally. My body needs to be physically flexible to not force itself into performing a hundred squats after leg day or not sneak in cardio when I know that now isn’t the right time to do so. Emotionally, my body sometimes struggles to realize that it is more than just an outer shell. It is a functioning entity that brings so much life to a soul that needs to be nourished inside and out.
- Life/health skill goals?
- LIFE: Re-structuring my routine and straightening out my priorities. I realized that my mind comes way closer to the top of my list than I initially thought. Heck, sometimes it comes before my body! Anyways, nourishing my mental health means sacrificing some commitments to clear up my schedule. Like they all say: you don’t have time. You make time.
- HEALTH: Currently, I plan on maintaining my weight in the healthiest range for my body. Basically, I just don’t plan on becoming too fat or too skinny! But at this specific moment, I did lose some weight from stress, hence I’m making a quick trip on the gain train!
- What is my current physical condition?
- While I thought that I would lose a bit of strength and endurance after a month of mere Pilates, I’ve actually found that I have more energy and liveliness! I can run up mountain trails without losing my breath right away, and sometimes, I even don’t want to sleep because I can stay awake for hours! Interesting, huh? Nothing has changed in my appetite. Like always, it peaks in times of boredom and disappears during stressful situations. I will say that my metabolism has actually improved since giving up strenuous exercise–I can still eat around the same amount and not gain too much weight!
- What is my current real range of specific movement skills?
- Advanced in Pilates, hiking, and high-intensity interval training, moderate in calisthenics (except handstands, cartwheels, and pull-ups…I can’t do either one of those), and moderate to advanced in weight training.
- What health professionals do I need to consult?
- A counselor who specializes in mental, emotional, and psychological health. While my mental health has improved drastically since just two weeks ago, I know I have to take action before things take a turn for the worse.
- What classes can I possibly take?
- As of now, I’ve been taking Krav Maga and restorative yoga once a week! Krav Maga is an Israeli martial arts centered around self-defense, and I take these classes to learn how to fend off unwanted advances and empower myself emotionally and psychologically. Restorative yoga serves as my mental mediator; I allow myself to explore different stretches and push myself through flexibility, but I also make sure to follow a comfortable pace without stretching myself too thin.
- What kind of workout do I want to do?
- Pilates is now the love of my life, and I don’t really plan on switching it anytime soon. On the other hand, I do look forward to eventually returning to cardio and weight training when I desire to!
- Where can I workout?
- Anywhere and everywhere! My bedroom in my apartment is my favorite place to workout because it has a nice view of the sun and the benefit of privacy.
- Wellness schedule plan***:
- 7:00 A.M.: Rise and shine
- 7:10-8:30(ish) A.M.: Pilates and yoga stretching
- 8:30-10:00 A.M.: shower, dress, and catch up on studies if necessary
- 10:00 A.M.-11:30 A.M.: prepare and eat the first meal of the day, plus take a photo for Instagram (only if I find it aesthetically appealing)
- 12:10-6 P.M.: classes (once in a while I might snack on something at around 4 P.M., but this rarely happens)
- 6:15 P.M.-7:15 P.M.: second meal of the day, otherwise dinner
- 7:30 P.M.-8:30 P.M.: third meal of the day, which consists of desserts and study snacks–I also like to chat with my roommates while studying and making dinner!
- 9:00 P.M.-10:30 P.M.: club meeting
- 10:40 P.M.: bedtime
- What am I going to do this week to move towards my goal?
- Learn to experience the new. So far, I’ve completed two hikes up all sorts of hills, trails, and pathways with friends I feel so at ease with, and try all kinds of food that I wouldn’t have before. My body is strong enough to endure anything I test it with, but it needs proper rest and nutrition to do so.
*** = Based on a Monday schedule. Tuesdays and Thursdays involve classes from 6-7:30 P.M. and Krav Maga at 7:45-8:45 P.M. followed by dinner and snacks. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, I work from 7:30-11:30 A.M. with my first meal following the end of my shift; however, my meals generally follow the same structure.
NOW, I tag…
- Linda from Snowflakes and Strawberries
- Autumn Brianne from Autumn Brianne
- Cindy from Cookies & Chemistry
- Nadia from Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen
- Rachel from Healthy & Psyched
- Jenna from The Vegan Sparrow
- Emmy from Emmys Yummys
- Kim from Journey of Wellness
Have an amazing week, everybody!