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Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone for the next 12 Weeks...

Monday, September 17, 2012

Originally I was going to stick with what I know and go back to basics with the South Beach Diet and add more cardio to my workout. At the suggestion of one of our team leaders, (thank you, Jan) I took a look at Jamie Eason's LiveFit Plan and I decided to shake things up a bit and give it a try. I have added more ST for the next twelve weeks and changing up the way I eat. Getting stronger is something I want to do for myself so this plan seems a good fit so far. If I have a theme for the next 12 weeks it is to push myself out of my comfort zone and see where that leads. I need to do this on so many levels.

My workout plan:
I will be following Jamie Eason's LiveFit 12 Week schedule. I am modifying some of it because I will be doing it at home .

• Strength Training: Jamie Eason's schedule 4 days a week (MTTF)
A link if you want to take a look at the schedule:.

plus a daily set of 25-25-25 (pushups-crunches-squats) as part of a team challenge.

• Cardio: 30 + minutes a day /5+ days a week. Treadmill, LS dvd, walking around the neighborhood or hiking. Yes I know there is a no cardio rule for JE phase 1 but without some treadmill time , walking or hiking my life would be very sedentary and I am only trying to get to 10,000 steps a day.

• Flexibility: 20 minutes daily of a beginning yoga dvd plus 30 minutes 1-2 times a week of a more involved yoga routine.

My Food Plan:
I will continue to use tracker and get tougher about every bite.
I will continue to drink at least 8 glasses of water.
I will be following Jamie Eason's LiveFit Diet Plan, which means eating "clean" and is a high protein, moderate carb plan. It fits very well into my life. My family doesn't eat a lot of processed food or eat out much because my son and I have a lot of food allergies. I have had to modify a few things only because we gluten, corn and soy free. That means no artificial sweeteners or wheat bread, but I can use fruit or Stevia and gluten free bread (or choose another starch). It is a challenge to eat 4-5 times a day, but the scale is moving for the first time in a long time so I am hopeful.

My goals for the next 12 weeks:
Walk or walk/run the Spark Trick or Trot 5K. (going to let my knees decide)
Hike 2-3 days a week on local trails until the end of October. (They close the trails and open the parks up to hunters)
Get measurably stronger. (No more "Barbie" weights LOL)
Say good bye to the 190's.
Get back into my size 14 jeans.

Non weight related goals:
Be kinder to the "lady in the mirror".
Start journaling again and stick with it.
Establish a daily meditation habit.
Clean out the extra stuff that is lurking in every closet in my house.
Plan and organize the holidays early this year.

With great reluctance I am posting my "before" pictures for the BLC20. I am really much more comfortable while hiding, but since hiding is part of the reason I find myself in the shape I am in, it is time to step out of my nice, warm, comfort zone. We were asked to not make negative comments about our pictures so I am not going to tell you how I feel about these. I am going to try kindness here. And remind myself that this body allowed me to graduate from college, brought three children into the world, and raised four of the most amazing humans I have ever met , does daily battle with an autoimmune thyroid disease called Hashimoto's, allows me to care for my family, live, love and experience the world. I have abused and neglected it and now I am working on healing the damage I have done.

My team for the BLC20 is the Amber Amazon Warriors. I am a Warrior! Just saying that to myself, repeatedly for the last week has helped me to push myself. LOL I am going to spend the rest of the next 12 weeks continuing to push myself and see how far I can go. Keep pushing and be well.

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