I've officially designated March as the time I am going to be pressing forward into obtaining my goals. So therefore I have cleverly titled my challenge for the month MARCHing toward my goal. Clever, I know
I spent a bit of time this morning on the phone with a friend of mine who is a personal trainer and is in STELLAR shape... and about 7 1/2 months pregnant, lol! She's getting her feet back into teaching boot camps, running a personal training business and helping people achieve their goals... and about 7 1/2 months pregnant. I messaged her last night and asked her for some help regarding where I am at with things and she asked me a barrage of questions like what my nutrition is like and I honestly told her where I have been at with that -- just getting back into clean eating but hasn't been stellar over the last few months. She asked about my workouts and I told her what kind of program I am doing. I even sent her a few links to my nutrition tracker on SP so she could look at where I am at with things.
This girl is something else -- she has (before getting pregnant done a fitness competition and took first place and got down to 4% body fat! Wow, how nice would THAT be? I did the unthinkable and asked her what she weighed and she has bounced back and forth between 135-140. She's my same size (height wise) so I think that my goal is reasonable. I have officially set my goal!
So, here are the parameters of my MARCHing toward my goals:
Goal for March: 4 pounds down (will post my starting weight March 1st) and a loss of .5 in my waist, .25 in my thighs, .5 in my hips, and .5 for my abductors.
Eat Clean -- defined to me as eating approx every 2-3 hours, combination of complex carbs and proteins at each meal/snack and a freggie with each meal/snack shooting for 8-10 servings a day, no processed foods.
2-3 Liters of H2O daily
Track food daily, even on the bad days owing up to the rougher days (afterall, progress not perfection ... they can't ALL be good days)
Boost protein intake. I bought a Blender Cup yesterday so I can make sure to gag (ahem, I mean calmly drink down) a protein drink daily.
Start taking a Fish Oil supplement. My friend says that I really should be taking Fish Oil daily. Everything else that I have read supports this so I am off to get some!
Cycling... no, not the bicycling-cycling, but rather calorie cycling. I think I just need something to shock my system and get it guessing. I have a cycling plan ranging between 1600 and 1275 that I will cycle through.
Finish out the Lean Phase of ChaLEAN with rock star quality!
Star incorporating more cardio into my workouts. My friend told me that was one thing that she saw I could improve on is cardio. I am shooting for 5 days a week of intense interval/HIIT cardio
Flexibility -- pretty self explanatory but I would like to get in a couple of stretch sessions a week just to help with DOMS and keep my range of motion good.
Figure out what in the HECK I want to do post ChaLEAN. Right now, I am leaning heavily toward the Jamie Eason's Twelve Week Trainer program. I like how it is laid out and seems like something I can easily do with my small space designated for workouts. I belong to a fun and active group on FB called Better Body (look it up if you're interested, it is mainly a lot of Sparkies on there! Headed up by Nancyanne55) and I asked about equipment for building a solid home gym with limited space and I have everything that Nancy recommended: dumbbells (I have adjustable ones), a swiss ball, a step (which can easily be used as a bench -- nice since I don't have room for a big ol honkin bench). Here is a link to her blog for anyone interested: itallmakesadifference.bl
buy new jeans and clothes as I drop sizes. GET RID of the clothes that become too big for me!!! I want to have a wardrobe I can feel good about!
Clean up and organize my closet and shoes. Toss the shoes I no longer wear and buy a new pair of workout shoes.
Buy myself a new workout outfit or two. I will admit this here: I am wearing maternity shirts for my workout shirts and they're just not comfortable anymore. Adios maternity clothes!
Get my hair cut (I have an appt on Friday! Woohoo!!!)
Toss my old makeup and purchase new. Slowly, but it is time for an update
TAke care of my tootsies and give myself a long, luxurious pedicure this month! Its long overdue!!!
So that is about it. I've decided that if I can make these goals I will reward myself with a new yoga dvd that I've had my eye on from Amazon.com
My plan is to reach my main goal by my little guy's 2nd birthday which will be July 28th. That gives me about 5 months to work hard. My plan is a pound a week each of those months. My total goal is 140 but maintenance 135-140. Once I reach my goal, I plan on giving myself the ULTIMATE reward of a long, luxurious foo-foo massage in one of those fancy places that smells good, ladies walk around in terry robes with masks on their faces, blow dryers are going, pedicures are happening and there is a massage table with my name on it. I have spent a lot of time in massage hell with TRUE massage therapy that is anything short of relaxing -- pretty much the equivilant of HELL (good HELL but HELL nonetheless...) for helping my shoulder in the past and I just want one of those fall asleep and drool on the table massages that they turn off the lights, have a cute little water feature in the corner, give you your choice of essential oil sniffies you want with your massage and pamper the sh!t out of you for an hour. I dream of that. I will get my massage. I will reach my goal.