Wednesday, January 28, 2015

My Plan {Back On Track}


Let me just start out by saying that I try to be pretty open about my weight loss, fitness, feelings, etc in hopes that someone out there will benefit from reading about my experience or perhaps feel encouraged to make changes for themselves.  It's hard to put yourself out there for everyone else to read and know your insecurities and vulnerabilities but if you can't be real with people, what's the point?  I would love to have some other people along for the journey so if you want to make some changes for yourself, there's no time like the present.

When it comes to food and exercise, I've been using the pregnancy and "I just had a baby" excuses for almost a year now.  I've decided that it's time to change.  I still have goals that I have yet to reach and I'm ready to accomplish them.  I plan on starting my new plan on February 15.  You see what I'm doing there?  Waiting until after Valentine's day? Smart, eh? lol  Even though we usually don't do anything for Valentine's day and we don't buy each other candy lol Anyway.  February 15 is because we have a lot going on right now and I don't have it in me to plan like I need to and it sounds like a good date.  My first goal date is April 25.  So here's my plan for those 70 days...

1) Train for a 5k on April 25. 
    This 5k just happens to take place right outside my front door lol So no excuses, right? I have mapped out a couple routes in the neighborhood and I did one yesterday (just walking for now).  I felt like I was walking FOREVER! lol. But it was probably because I was pushing the stroller and the sidewalk is really uneven in a lot of places and I had to take it slow each time I reached a street because of the curbs.  (That was a lot of excuses in one sentence...) I think I'm just going to have to walk in the street. I plan on starting back on my c25k.... on February 15 ;). Not sure yet if I will be doing that with Maddox or if I will get up super early and do it.  He isn't able to sit in the jogging stroller yet, so I don't know.  I may not end up running the entire thing for my first time but I just want to get one under my belt and see what I need to work on for the next one.  Anyone else training for a 5k this Spring?

2) Cut out Processed Foods and Grains.
     I'm going to go 90/10 on this plan.  It's not enough to just cut sugar out of my diet.  Our body turns processed foods and grains into sugar pretty quickly.  (Note: Everyone's body handles things differently and what is bad for one may not necessarily affect another... know your weaknesses and pay attention to how your body reacts to different foods)  Meanwhile, I've developed an unhealthy relationship with hot chocolate (with marshmallows) and McDonald's sweet tea and chicken nuggets (gross, right?).  I'm convinced that Satan tries to sabotage us in the areas we are weakest.  Evidently mine is food.  It's usually convenience, laziness, and cravings that do me in.  So I am going to try my very best to get this junk out of my body.  I know I will feel better and have more energy once I do.  I'm not just doing this because sugar is my weakness, I'm doing it because of all the ways these types of food (processed foods, grains, sugar) affect my body in a negative way and I want to be in better health.  You have to figure out WHY you want to do something in order to make it work and see it through as a long term solution and not just a quick fix or "diet".  If I continue on the path that I'm on, I set myself up for weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, etc etc.  That is certainly NOT what I want for my life.

3) Lose 15 pounds
     I'm trying to be realistic as I know my body and it can be dumb sometimes.  I'm hoping 15lbs is on the low end of what I can lose since I'll be cutting out the sugar and grains and basically going back to the basics like I should have been doing all along (pregnant or not) and I'll be wogging (yes, I went there). 15 pounds (give or take a pound depending on the day) is what I need to lose to get back down to pre-pregnancy weight.  From there, I will have a good 30 pounds to reach my ultimate goal.  When I add it all together, 45 pounds seems like a scary number to me so that's why I'm trying to break it up.  I'm hoping not to focus solely on the numbers though.  There are so many other factors that speak for good health.

4) Strength Training
      I'd really love to join the gym and do some classes and strength training there but since money is rather tight right now, I will just have to develop a plan using my weights that I have at home.  I really enjoy working out with free weights.  I know I've lost a lot of my strength though and I need that back very badly.  My giant baby weighs 17lbs and then you add the car seat and a purse and diaper bag and I am loaded down like a pack mule when I go places.  I need to strengthen my body to be able to deal with that better.  When you let your muscles get weak, you deal with more aches and pains.... at least that's what I've experienced.

5) Progress Pictures and Measurements
     The months after my surgery, I was doing a great job at keeping up with progress pictures and measurements and posting them.  They were super helpful to me to look back on.  I need to kind of start over in that area.  I was looking through my external hard-drives the other day and clearing some pictures out and I looked at quite a few pictures of myself from before my surgery and wow.... just wow.  I don't even remember that person except to know that I was miserable and hated myself and I never ever want to be like that again.  EVER.  So as I restart my journey and get back on track, I will be updating my progress page with new pictures and stats.  I also want to start doing my self portrait project again.

6) Change My Self-Image
      I've always allowed myself to define who I am based on my weight.  It has affected the way that I see myself, relationships I have with other people, my job at times, my overall well-being, etc.  I get locked down emotionally and so easily build a wall between myself and others and I think it's all related to a poor self-image.  I want to be a better person.  I want to be the person that God has called me to be.  I want to be able to make friends and not think of the ways that they could be judging me and just enjoy their friendship.  What a way to live, right?  I know I'm not alone in this.  We get so bogged down in fixing the outside that we dismiss what's going on inside and that could be the most important part of all.

So who's with me? What do you need to work on?  Pick a couple areas of your life that you want to make adjustments and check back in with me on April 25 to share your own progress.  This doesn't have to be weight related... it can be anything.

14 comments:

  1. Hi, I am definitely with you. Maybe we could do a linkup and invite other bloggers to participate and linkup all their activity-related posts. My area is also weight loss and I have a serious issue with addiction to sugar. I love sweet tea, desserts, ect. I am trying to loose 80 pounds. I will be glad to join you as a prayer partner. Here is my post on my goals for the New Year in relation to this: http://www.maryanderingcreatively.com/focus-my-next-spiritual-journey/ I already have a linkup on this post. :)

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    1. Thanks for the comment Mary :) I'll check out your blog! Good luck on your weight loss journey. It's not easy.

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  2. I have a tip. I used to love Mcdonald's Sweet Tea and it is so bad for you. I switched to 1/2 and 1/2 Tea. Half Sweet and Half Unsweet. So much better and it tastes great!

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    1. Maybe I should do that to start with before banning it altogether :) Thanks for commenting!

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  3. I could copy and paste your list onto my own! These are great goals and you sound really set on meeting them. Go for it!

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting! We all have good intentions, right? :) Hopefully I can make it all happen.

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  4. I LOVE your blog. So pretty! And I really like that you set realistic goals. I have a large weight loss goal (more than yours), but I'm thinking about it in 10-lb increments, because whether or not I reach the end goal this year, every 10 lbs. lost makes me that much healthier.

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for the comment :) 10lb increments are a good idea!

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  5. I decided not to put loosing weight on my list as I would be setting myself up for failure but instead I put becoming healthier on it.

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    1. Thanks for commenting :). There are so many other aspects of being healthy to consider.

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  6. I've been grain-free for a while, but I plan on cutting out beans and some fruits over the next couple of weeks. I've been reading the book "The Maker's Diet" to try to help me learn how to improve my gut health. I agree with you e everyone reacts differently to foods, but right now I have a problem with sugar and grains too.

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    1. I've seen that book before.... maybe I should check it out. My mom does grain free and she has to stay clear of beans and peanuts. Thanks for commenting :)

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  7. I am a huge fan of goals, I love that you've shared them and I know when we write them down in a detailed way it helps us to attain them faster! GOOO!!

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    1. Thanks! I think it's great to write down goals no matter how many times they change :)

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