I have actually procrastinated on getting this done, but decided to sit down & just do it! I also noticed that many other of my team mates did front, side, & back photo shots - maybe at a later date I will do that! I know that a side shot would certainly help ME see any changes in myself more so than a front shot...but I just wanted the pic taken & posted & over with!!!
12 Week SMART GOAL: I will lose 12 lbs by the end of this challenge. I will know I am making progress because my jeans will button easier & my shirts won't be so tight for 12 weeks!
To achieve this I will need to work in a fitness routine on top of healthier eating. The healthier eating is the easiest as I had already started to incorporate that into my lifestyle. The fitness routine - not so much! So as listed below, this is my plan:
FITNESS/EXERCISE - I am going to set my alarm for an hour earlier M-F and get up and do 30 minutes of the "aerobic" programs on my treadmill. I am currently do Aerobic program 6 (mostly inclined fast walking w/spurts of jogging - at least for me) and do plan on moving in the program #'s. If something waylays me in the morning I will work it into my evening - even if it is after my daughter has gone to bed! I will do the TNT exercises on Tuesday & Thursday (BTW this is last Thursday - the lunges kicked my butt! My thighs hurt for probably a good 2-3 days afterward!) for my strength training. On the weekends, I will do a 3 plus mile walk each day or an hours worth of walking as I DO want to try to join an actual 5K next year! If the weather will not allow me to get outside, then I will hop on the treadmill and walk for that long!
NUTRITION: I will make sure to eat a high-protein breakfast to get me going each day & keep me going - such as Greek yogurt or omelet w/cheese with a Luna bar (or something like it) mid-morning when needed. Lunches are easy for me as I always take my lunch to work anyway & weekends I'm a light eater anyway. Mostly I will look to have salads or a sandwich with a snack mid afternoon of almonds/pistachios or veggies/fruits if I have them. Dinners will be the area to re-vamp! I will watch my portions when eating dinner & plan to make more meals at home., but when we do eat out will look to healthy options such as salads or soups or low-cal plates.
RECOUP PLAN: If I should have a bad day of eating or a day of missing getting my exercise in then I will just go onto the next day and start fresh! I know there will be days when I will be out with family or friends & will eat too much (although I have noticed that I get fuller quicker!) but I won't let it throw me overboard! I will wake up renewed the next day & continue on. Same for exercise - if I run into a day where I just can NOT pull myself out of bed or can't work in a walk - I will not let myself worry about it! Many articles & reports that I have read say not to totally deprive yourself of something that you like, therefore I will let myself cave in to my sweet/salty cravings ON OCCASION and will not overindulge or let IT bother me! I will track it accordingly and go on!
I read in another team mates blog about specific rewards she had set for herself when she hit specific goals. I TOTALLY love that idea! That is something I am going to have to sit down & figure out & get onto here so that I have it in front of me - so to speak. I also saw on someone else's a vision board (not sure what she called it now) but it was a collage of pictures and sayings to keep her inspired to reach for her goal - again love that too & need to do one of those for myself.
It has always been hard for me to do anything or get anything for myself unless it was absolutely necessary. I always think in the back of my mind that I should be using this money for something for my kids or that I really shouldn't be spending it all. We live on a VERY limited income so being able to even go to the store weekly & stocking up on fruits, veggies. salad fixins, etc just isn't possible w/me. So I have to make do with what I have in my house already - which isn't always the most healthy of things BUT it is food & so we won't starve!
And so I believe that is it! I do want to strive also to get on here & blog daily or more often than I have been!