It's been about a year since I've known, absolutely, that I need to get back into shape. My desire doesn't stem from vanity. I gave that up long ago. Rather, it stems from the need to feel better. It's not about weight. I want to feel good, to say goodbye to aches and pains, to be more able for my kids.
I've spent a lot of time researching different fitness and diet plans. I've come to the conclusion that I'm going to do this the old fashioned way (as suggested by my doctor): increase activity, decrease caloric intake and make healthy choices.
Over the summer I tried to make smart choices and dropped 9 lbs. without too much effort. Now that we're home from our summer journey, I'm ready go full force. Each Monday I'll be posting about my experience the previous week. Here's my plan:
I will track all food and beverages, aiming for a daily caloric intake that will allow me to lose 1 lb. per week.
I will workout at least 4x week, for at least 30 minutes. I must sweat.
I will adopt one of Skip Hellewell's Healthy Changes each week.
Each Monday I will write a post reporting changes in weight and measurements. I will also discuss my experience with the Healthy Change of the week and general observations.
I will re-evaluate my plan at the end of the year. This gives me 4 months to try it out. My doctor mentioned that most people go at a fitness/weight loss plan for 3 months, then give up, but after three months is when you really start to see results.
I'm a little nervous about doing this so publicly, but I'm hoping that will help me stick to it. Cross your fingers for me.