THE PLAN (and if I post this out loud, it helps):
Since I did it before and it worked fairly well, I'm gonna start doing the ol' gettin' up at 5am thing to hit the gym thing again. (I'll make breakfasts and lunches the night before). If I get to the gym by 5:30am, that gives me a full hour to do some cardio, but more importantly, I can get in some strength training - which I *know* is going to make the biggest difference in the overall shape & appearance of my body. (I've been mulling this over for two weeks now, formulating a plan, psyching myself up for what I want & need to do.) So... that's just what's gonna happen exercise-wise. Gym in the morning (at least 3x's per week; preferably 3x's during the work week, then at least one FUN outing on the weekends...like a bike ride, or an outdoor run....).
The goal is to start building core and arm strength. By Warrior Dash on April 5 (6?) I hope to be able to pull myself up and out of any muddy ditches (thereby avoiding what happened last time when the ex FLUNG me out and into another one...not cool.) I want...nay, NEED to be able to do it myself. I know it's not gonna be perfect after 4 months, but I just want it to be BETTER... After the Dash, I can keep working on the arm strength so that by June/July, I can wear my favorite bikini again. (I don't like the "over hang"/muffin top thing... I'm done with that. No longer need it.)
Oh - and since I've been too immersed in the Facebook Land, I came up with a little "reward" system: for each minute of exercise I conquer per day, I earn one minute of Facebook time. If I do 30 minutes of exercise in the morning, I get 30 mins of Facebook that day. (I still haven't decided if I'm allowed to "carry over" earned minutes from one day to the next.)
AND - concurrent with the exercise schedule, I'm changing my eating & drinking habits. I've been imbibing TOO MUCH alcohol lately (and not just over the holidays, but since July). Alcohol will be limited to TWO glasses per WEEKEND. That might mean ONE on Friday and ONE on Saturday, or TWO on one of those nights... but none of this "glass every night 'with dinner'" baloney. (Besides, it disrupts one's sleep, and if I'm getting up at 5am, I need my sleep!!!)
Alcohol and sugar cravings tend to be related, so that will also get cut. I'll keep the sugar for my one cup of coffee per day, but it's gonna get eliminated from everything else.
Fresh veggies and fruits are now back on the menu! My favorite meals over the summer were usually a fruit or veggie with a little cottage cheese. It sounds "old school diet-y", but when assembled well, it's a PERFECT meal. Light in calories, full of protein, and the sweetness of fruit (or savoriness of a veggie like a cucumber) is REFRESHING!
The hardest part of the new menu is going to be the grocery shopping. To keep things from spoiling in the fridge, I'm gonna have to shop every few days or so, and the temptation to buy things off my grocery list is gonna be great...but I know that I - WE - can do anything we set our minds to!!!!!
So... thanks for reading this. Feel free to share your own intentions for this New Year... I have more, but this one is big on my mind today.
And here's my "before" picture. Granted, the sweater is too short (which cuts the visual line across the worst part of my bod) and my arm is probably covering the small of my back, so it LOOKS like I'm preggers, even though I'm not. But here's where I'm starting. I want to post something for April and again for July and again for October. By January 2015, I want to be strong, 145lbs and back in my size 4 LBD. Go, Me!!!