Monday, February 06, 2012
So I've been thinking lately about how to get myself really motivated to get back into better shape.
I'm not bad, I'm still healthy weight, I'm still relatively fit - but I've slacked a LOT lately.
Well - last Friday I turned 29 and one of the things that came to mind was starting to have kids. I would like to have two or three maybe, maybe just one, but I think two sounds good. Anyway, I was thinking of the timing of it all and decided that before I start thinking about this, I want to be in the best shape I can be again.
I don't want to start out the pregnancy bigger than I'd really like to be - I'd like to prepare for the fittest pregnancy I can possibly have by first being my fittest.
I also have been thinking a lot about when I felt my fittest and the happiest with my body, and I have to say, it was when I was lighter. And when I felt my fittest and strongest was also when I was doing a good amount of strength training.
I can start this NOW. I'll be glad when I get the tools of my free gym membership (I hope to get my card to start using it tomorrow, but if not, I want to already have a plan in place and be moving toward my goals!)
I also was eating mostly whole foods - I feel I have the most energy and feel best when I'm eating lots of fresh produce and also making sure I get enough protein.
I went shopping this morning and most of what I bought was fruits and veggies, and some greek yogurt and eggs for protein. We have a lot of other staples at home already that I can use with these items, as well as some things purchase from previous shopping trips that are fresh items needing to be used.
As far as meat goes, I only want to buy local meats and in small quantity. There is a store by us that will fill that need - because they almost only carry local meats and it's expensive so it will self-limit the quantity by price.
1. Return to initial maintenance range of 165-170lbs*
2. Strength Train 3x a week**
3. Burn 1750 cal per week (subject to change, current burn goal!)
4. Track ALL FOOD - except 1 splurge meal a week***
5. Maintain Habits and weight for at least 3months before baby talk.****
*Specifically I have 167 entered for 5/1/2012. That's a 2lb a week loss goal, which I know is aggressive - but! I think I will do better with an aggressive plan right now. With more on the line, and a more aggressive goal, tracking becomes not just a good idea, but ESSENTIAL to ensure I stay within range. I think trying to take the weightloss so slowly before has led me to be too lax.
**I told SparkPeople to make a plan for me with the equipment I have at home. If I get into using the weights at the gym again, I can change this, but for now I think it will be the kickstart I need to have sparks telling me exactly what to do and be able to check off specifics here.
***P.S. one tracked treat a day that is not fruit/etc. - 1 square of dark chocolate OR, when calories allow a different treat -but just ONE. If I have any other sweet cravings, I'm turning to whole foods or gum.
****if I reach my weight goal by 5/1/2012, then I can maintain for May-July and so baby talk begins August at the soonest. I have a goal marathon in November, so that may delay things further, but if we don't get pregnant right away, the right for me to keep trying is to maintain my weight and my healthy habits.
I think having this specific goal reward in mind will make a huge difference in my commitment to regaining the best of my healthy habits. I think also that the reward will also be a better pregnancy, so there's really no downside.
My husband also wants to lose weight before we have kids, so I am hoping that we will be able to be committed in this together. One splurge meal a week is PLENTY, so I can be strong the rest of the time.
My weigh-ins will be Monday mornings! This morning I start things off at 191. I had a wonderful breakfast of oatmeal+greekyogurt+strawberries, and a grapefruit. Very filling and fruitful, and some great greek yogurt protein.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
So my calorie intake isn't really great yet, but I did track the past two days. YAY! :) And I am going to MAKE myself get in the habit, cause I gotta keep on a roll here.
I interviewed at that job this morning - that went well, I think.
Audition last night for Orchestra went well, also.
We'll have to see if the job thing works out since we have one car and everything.
I got the OK to go shop for boots today - YES! I NEED SOME BOOTS!
I slipped and fell on my bum last night. No further injury, just embarrassment. I wish my foot would get better. Bad sprains can take a long time to heal, right? So I don't need to freak out just yet, right?
The location of the pain makes me think it really can't be bone related, but the fact that I'm not bouncing back from this quickly freaks me out a bit. It just happened Monday. It's Wednesday morning. I need to settle down. :P
We're supposed to give talks in church on Sunday AND it's a potluck that day AND I'm supposed to be there early for choir. :P At least all that stuff happens all at once.
As soon as I get a copy of our lease from the property manager, I'm going to go get our VERMONT PLATES and my Driver's license. We're planning to get enhanced licenses so we can pass to Canada without bothering w/ a passport. We want to get passports too... but that takes time and this is easier. And cheaper.
Monday, January 16, 2012
So... being at home all the time is a tough thing for me with the eating.
I hurt my foot somehow this morning when I fell on my butt? I'm confused by it as well, I don't remember doing a thing to my foot but the HEEL hurts when I step on it.
Anyway - no gym membership yet and I can't run.
And I ate... allllll morning.
There you have it blog - confession!
So anyway, I did one set of crunches on my newly recovered stability ball. And I applied to be a front desk person at a gym - It's part time (so keeping stress factor low and time during the day for running) and I would get a free gym membership, so I think that's a win win. We'll see if it works out since we just have one car and whatnot.
Bottom line - spark more. Eat less. Work out. Don't turn into a blob!
Oh and P.S. - I THINK I logged everything I ate this morning if you want to go spy my tracker. It's not pretty.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I joined SparkPeople 5 years ago today and I am at 4 years of a healthy weight.
As in the past couple of years, that weight is a little higher than I'd like it to be at my anniversary date, but I'm still here rockin' it.
4A-HEALTHY-BMI posted a great blog recently about the odds of maintaining your weightloss depending on how long you've been maintaining - they go up to 50% at 2 years, and up to 75% at 5 years - so I really need to make this year count and get myself into the good odds category. The work is DEFINITELY NOT OVER once you've lost the bulk of the weight you're trying to lose, and once you're done losing, a whole different journey begins.
Trying to figure out how to make the lifestyle long lasting and keep interesting and allow for real life events... it's a challenge. But we keep growing and the rewards of staying healthy are DEFINITELY worth it.
Here's to another great year with SparkPeople!
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