So last night my partner and I watched the Biggest Loser (we had it recorded on our Tivo) and after it was over he turned to me said, "Want to do the Jillian Video?" It was almost 11:00pm! I think he was feeling inspired.
Usually I say no to these things (and I'd already walked 4 miles that day) but I jumped up and put my gym clothes on. It felt great and I slept like a baby! Tonight i'm going to the gym, and that will be 3 days in a row of serious cardio. That's a great streak for me!
This morning I woke up early, and went to the gym before work! I feel great! I packed my bag the night before, with gym clothes and work clothes and my lunch for the day. I rolled out of bed and hopped on the bus in my pjs, drank my smoothie on the way, and generally felt like a rock star.
Tomorrow I'm also going to start off the day with a gym routine, and for the next two weeks Monday-Friday I'm going to hit the gym first thing. I've been telling myself for months that I would go in the morning 2-3 times per week (because by the evening I've always come up with excuses), but I realized something important last night: When I say "2-3 times per week" then, in my warm bed in the mornings, I convince myself I'll just go the next day. Of course, the next day never comes and the gym bag stays packed by the door.
Now I have to go every weekday, so there's no pushing it off. Today was the first time I've ever made it to the gym in the am, and I think I found the secret. :) I'm going to do this for the next two weeks--it's a short enough time that it's not intimating, but it's long enough to start affecting some change.
After two weeks, I have no doubt I'll "re-up" for a month. These short term fitness goals also build in regular check in points, where I can reassess! I'm very tired today, but I'm feeling great!
Thanks @JIBBIE49; I have heard of that movie, so I will have to check it out. I wasn't very focused on exercising over the holiday, but I'm definitely noticing some changes just from avoiding gluten and processed foods. My anxiety is much better and I'm really not craving bread products (scones, cookies, muffins--my usual weaknesses). My fiance's allergies have been noticeably better, too!
I even managed to lose a little over a pound over the holidays. I totally enjoyed Christmas, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve, but largely stuck to my diet (with a few deviations), so I'm feeling great and I know it's working.
My son's gf is trying to lose weight as well, as she went to a doctor who told her that her BMI is 31 and that makes her Obese. She needs to lose 50# by their wedding in June, so he is putting her on Phentermine after Jan. 1st. I suggest watching the Documentary on YouTube THE MEN WHO MADE US FAT. It is very helpful. Also, Richard Johnson MD has a great lecture on YouTube, "THE SUGAR FIX."
At the end of July I am getting married (yay!), and I have been really enjoying the process of planning this wedding with my fiance. But when it comes to the wedding dress, I am a ball of anxiety and sadness and stress. After trying on a few dresses with my mom and best friend, I surprised us all by breaking down into tears. Something that is supposed to be fun and happy should not be filled with this much angst. If this isn't the inspiration I need to get into the shape I want to be, what will be? It's now or never.
I've been unhappy with my weight for many years. I've tried to diet and exercise and all of those things, but I've still steadily gained about 5 pounds a year for the past 6 years. The biggest victory during that time is that I went from hating the gym to genuinely enjoying working out. It was hard emotional work to get to that point, but now when I walk into my gym I look am happy to be there. That being said, I don't exercise nearly enough. I've found that giving myself a number of options within a strict framework is a good way to strike the balance between the structure I need and the flexibility I want, so I've written out my plan for below:
Exercise: (5 days a week, likely Wednesday-Sunday) Elliptical at gym for 30+ minutes Treadmill at gym (speedwalking-jogging) 30+ minutes Class at the gym Walking to and/or from work (3 miles) Walking 3 or more miles (60+ mins)
Diet plan (largely gluten free, focusing on whole, unprocessed foods): Breakfast: Fruit smoothie Eggs Lunch: Sprouted grain bread, turkey, provolone cheese Sprouted grain bread, tuna, avocado Salad Snacks: Fruit, Yogurt, Lightly salted almonds, Celery with almond butter, Veggies with hummus Dinner: My fiance and I cook healthy dinners together.
Each week I plan out what my meals will be and when I will get my exercise in, and then I will stick to that plan. It takes 30 days to make something a habit, so this kind of planning really helps to make things stick. I've lost 4lbs doing the diet-alone part! Here we go!
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