In order to get under 200lbs this year and into a pair of size 14 jeans I have been working on getting fitter. I am tracking my food, tracking my workouts, and also cooking a bit more at home.
I have been tracking my food three different ways – I am using Spark People, Weight Watchers Online, and a paper tracker. This may be overkill for some people, but I have found that having to update the three different spots has made me be more vigilant. I actually DO write stuff what I have eaten either right before I eat it or within an hour of eating it. And that is massive progress!
I have also been working out every day in one form or another. On Mondays and Wednesdays I work out with two co-workers at the small gym at work. I basically do 35mins or more on the treadmill at a speed of 3mi per hour. That may not seem like a lot to most people, but for me at over 280lbs I have to say that it is fairly impressive. I have also been doing the Leslie Sansone dvd “Walk Away the Pounds”. I have been doing the 1mile walk without weights and I really REALLY find her too perky. But I do get sweaty when doing the workout so that means that I am actually burning calories.
I am sort of active on Pinterest (name a woman that doesn’t enjoy that site) and I set up a board called “Health Stuff”. On it I have been posting workouts and healthy eating tips. Thanks to other folks pinning things I found an excellent site called Back On Pointe. It is written by a dance student and has several different workouts on it. I have printed out a fair few of them onto index cards and I pull one out on the days that I don’t do the dvd so that I get extra calorie burns in during the week. I still hate exercising, but I am doing it. I am also discovering new exercises. I have yet to do some of them, but I am trying to learn how to do them. Things like burpees, Russian twists, planks, and star jumps. I thought a star jump was a jumping jack, but it turns out that I was wrong. Check out YouTube if you want to learn how to do these exercises. I will post some of my preferred or more challenging workouts that I have attempted in a few weeks so that you can try them out too.
As a part of the Bat Fit movement I have been dancing at least 15mins every day as well. I am not tracking the dancing as a workout, but it is another step to being fitter. I recommend everybody dance a little every day. It really does perk up the spirits.
My hubby and I going to try to cook at home every meal for a week. This will be really hard for us as this town can have anything delivered at any time. Also getting groceries is a pain the behind as you have to go to twelve different places to get ingredients. So I am setting up a meal list, figuring out the ingredients that need to be purchased, and then sorting out the stores that I need to go to in order to find everything. I have a feeling that there will be a fair amount of pasta and rice, but sensible portions of course. I will also try to have a good amount of protein for every meal as I have found that it really keeps me more full. I am also going to be really upping my vegetable and fruit intake. I eat way too much bread and fried foods. So I am trying to retrain my brain. Sadly I always tend to fall into the trap of eating junk whenever I feel bad or bored. So now I need to make myself crave more whole foods instead of the processed junk.
This working out and eating better is a struggle, but it will be worth it. This is a total lifestyle change and it’s something that a lot of people are doing so I know it’s possible. How long it takes for me to get it to be a way of life….well, that might take a while, but I think I can get there.