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.