This is my 16th (give or take a year) try at getting healthy, and while I know I’m ultimately responsible for myself, I’d sure like someone to hold me accountable and remind me to think about what I’m doing.
Are you up for the challenge?
Sunday, Aug. 2 is KICKOFF DAY. I want to make sure I’m fully recovered from my surgery before I start any strenuous activity, but between now and then I will be reining in the eating. This last week has shown me the portions I should be eating: half of the BLTA Croissant at Red Robin, half the Victoria Filet at Outback, water or tea instead of Mountain Dew. I’m already down 2 or 3 pounds just by paying attention to my body. I need to keep it up.
Even though we eat out a lot because of Ryan and my work schedules, we can make healthier choices. Thankfully, Riley is a big fan of salads and fruit, unlike me.
I bought a big filter pitcher today with a spigot for water; I want to cut back on the plastic water bottles and see if we can get our tap water to taste better. Right now we don’t even use our ice maker because the ice makes our drinks taste terrible. I’m not sure how to remedy that, but we can at least filter the water and put it in ice trays for ice.
I’m also getting a nice, pretty aluminum water bottle – maybe if I love the bottle I’ll used it all the time and drink more water. Do you have a favorite?
Planning a workout routine is proving to be the biggest stumbling block. I have to work in a workout, my freelance writing, whatever home/husband/kid stuff needs to be done, and, of course, my regular job, a 2-11 p.m. shift. Obviously, the writing and working out will have to be done in the mornings.
First, I need to set some big goals. No time like the present, right?
Do 10 real pushups
Wear my GAP boyfriend jeans (in my closet since 2007)
Do the Ribbon Run 5K in October
Wear my cute workout tanks/shorts again
Get my calves back into my tall boots without spillage
Carry Riley to bed without giving myself a hernia
Fit into my Bama T-shirts this football season
Outrun 8- and 9-year-olds at softball practice next spring
Now, I need to figure out what kind of program will help me reach these goals. Do I want to do a running program and train for an October 5k? Do I want to do a Body-for-Life plan and focus on fat loss and building muscle? Do I want to try “Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess” again? Or come up with my own program?
What program do you do?
How do you schedule your time?
What keeps you motivated?
Do you reward yourself along the way?
Later this week, I’ll break down my big goals into the steps to take to get me there. Feel free to offer your suggestions. And a little butt-kickin’ would be appreciated, too. I might get a little miffed, but I’ll get over it, I promise.