..hmm.... can I do it??
Swimsuit season is upon me..... dance recital in early June... with my change in eating for health, I am eating higher calorie items.... (and still plenty of junk, I admit it!).. and I've been lazy with my movement lately. It SOUNDS like I exercise a lot - because of classes and what-not... but other than scheduled classes, I am a SLUG! I am sitting here MUCH of the time... and when I'm not... my nose is in a book or I am crocheting. So my fingers are quite thin and fit..... but it's my torso (which houses my HEART) that I am concerned about.
Of COURSE... a little vanity in there :-) But a little vanity is not a bad thing!
Overall goal: HEALTHY LIFE HABITS.... with some weight loss and toning up along the way :-) I still don't feel like I can stick to a strict regimen for life..... BUT some of these habits do stick and help to maintain the weight loss. And maybe I will pick up more habits along the way :-) I am thinking that maybe a strict 60 days.... and then a more relaxed 60 days.... and then maybe strict again.... might be a useful pattern. Worth a try anyway to shave off a few pounds before summer :-)
So.. here is what I have plotted out so far...
Initial measurements (which I will take tomorrow - I will not share them - but I WILL share + or - pounds and inches each week)
Food: I took my general plan listed on my 'Food Rules' page.... and gotten specific:
Meal # 1 1-2 grain carbs, 1-2 protein, 1 fruit
Snack #1 protein, fruit
Meal #2 1-2 grain carbs, 1-2 protein, 2-3 veggies
Snack #2 protein, veggie
Meal #3 1-2 grain carbs, 1-2 protein, 2-3 veggies
Snack #3 protein, fruit
**** I wrote down my 'usual' foods and tweaked them to fit these parameters... for instance, for breakfast I have about 3 different things I usually eat.. but I often forget the fruit.... so I will NOT forget it for the next 60 days.
**** My plan is to pack as much of the food as possible... pre-package it so it is easy to grab and transport... like baggies of baby carrots or celery with hummus. Get as specific as possible to make your life simpler!
****Dinner is prepared for the family so I will ENJOY my meal with them but try to keep within my parameters. I can always forfeit that last snack if I overdo.
Exercise: Schedule in your life 3 strength sessions and 3 cardio sessions per week. Seriously.... SCHEDULE IT. Putting your exercise on your To Do List helps make it happen!
For me, I want to push a little harder than that so I am merging the classes I already take, my 3Day walking along with 3 upper body workouts & a minimum of 3 aerobic dvds (prob 30 minute ones)
**** I wear my pedometer so I can do less walking.
For example, 2000 steps is approximately one mile. If I have 3 miles on my schedule.... and I do 1 of them in my dance class, I will have to do 2 to finish up.
**** What I will be watching for is signs of overtraining. NOT getting injured is important and so is rest.
60 Days.... takes me to June 10..... want to join me as I work through this? What can we accomplish in the next 60 days? If you are interested, I can post my eating and/or exercise plan. I do have it plotted out day by day. I usually go back and fill in the actual afterwards so I can review it later if I want.. (but I never do :-)
What suggestions do YOU have that help make healthy eating and movement part of your life?
What problems to you face that derail your efforts?