Weight today: 160.8. Since it is my goal to reach 145 (or as close as I can reasonably get to that weight) by August 18th, I’ve got my work cut out for me. Especially since the scale has been moving in the wrong direction! I have this particular weight loss goal date because on August 19th, a new semester begins at the university where I work, and on August 20th, I will teach my first ever college-level course. That is to say, my first ever course—ever! That being said, I want to look and feel my best. At any weight, I want to lose at least one clothing size and feel as though I’m on my way toward better health and wellness by August 18th.
I’ve set up a plan of action regarding an exercise program. That’s the easy part for me. My diet will also need some improvements, but that will be more of a work in progress, since diet is so difficult for me. I have not been consistent with any sensible, healthy eating plan. Therefore, I want to take it slow—baby steps—and work toward a healthy plan, similar to my workout plans, I guess. I’m taking that in stages, as my fitness level progresses, so why not treat diet the same way. I’ll work up to a healthy plan, eventually.
Yesterday, I started my fitness program, which I’ve divided into three 3-week Phases. Phase 1 is called Recharge!. I’ll be doing some beg.-intermediate workouts (using DVDs) daily. On Sundays, I’ll do a circuit workout. In the mornings before work, I’ll do 3 yoga practices (MWF) and 2 Physical Therapy sessions (TTh). After work, I’ve got cardio (MWF), 1 strength workout (Tues.), and one circuit workout (Thurs.). On Saturday, I’ll do another P.T. session and yoga. I’ll do this for three weeks. After that, I’ll move on to my next Phase, Energize!, for three weeks, and then on to Phase 3, Transform!, for three weeks. I’ll write more about those phases later on.
So yesterday, I did Fat to Firm Fast with Michelle Dozois. This is a ‘pick-your-level’ workout where you can be a beginner or go for more of a challenge. I’d rate this as a beginner-intermediate workout with Level 1 as beginner, Level 2 as beg.-inter., and Level 3 as a solid intermediate workout. I used a set of 3 pound weights only, and did mostly Level 1 and Level 2 modifications. It was difficult and I had to stop and rest a couple of times. Despite this, I think I made the right decision in choosing this workout as one of my circuit workouts for this Phase because I can modify it as necessary, yet it is still challenging. I have DOMS in my chest and triceps today, as well as some in my glutes and hams. Yay!
This morning I did Element Yoga for Stress Relief with Ashley Turner. I really like this practice! It’s not a calorie torcher, of course, but it is a good stretch and stress reliever. I put this one on the schedule because I’m still going fairly gentle for this Phase, and also because I’m hoping the stress relief will help me calm down and make better food choices. I’ve been mentally stressed lately and my eating has suffered for it. A little stress relief may be just what I need to get me through this tough time.
For my diet today, I had a healthy breakfast and I’ve packed a light lunch and snacks for the work day. When I get home, I’m planning to do my evening workout (Walk Yourself Fit), and then eat a healthy, vegetable-packed soup, followed by a portion-controlled and somewhat healthy treat of some kind, involving chocolate-flavored yogurt.
Diet—I have two goals that will focus my attention on: Goal One is a focus on vegetables. My goal is to get an average of at least four servings of vegetables per day. Goal Two is to focus on portion control with sweet treats and making those treats as sensible as possible. For example, I will have dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.
That’s the introduction of my plan. Future blogs won’t be quite as wordy. But then, I’m not doing this for anyone but me so I guess I’ll be as long-winded or as brief as I want to be. If anyone decides to read this stuff, that’s your own business!
(But if you do read it, I appreciate it!)