We are 13 days into 2014 and so far, so good. I have jumped on the healthy train and I’m getting comfy in my seat for a long ride. I know it’s the way to live… and a little motivation never hurts. A few days into the new year, hubby and I booked a long weekend away. I was so excited and then I realized that the dress code for the trip would be bikini and shorts. That was what they call my “moment of clarity.”
Over the last few months, I have slacked on weight training and eaten without any restraint. Am I overweight or unhealthy? Not really. But I have reached a point where I am uncomfortable in my own skin. I have been lucky in that I have never really had to worry much about my weight. I had a fast metabolism and no one in my family has had any weight issues. However, as I approach the big 4-0 (17 months away) I do see the effects of a slowing metabolism. And the truth is having a double cheeseburger deluxe with fries followed by dessert is not a good idea most of the time. Especially when you are watering it down with “yards” of beer.
So minutes after I booked the trip, I committed to look and feel my best. It’s only a few weeks ago so I am following a strict, but basic plan. I do not expect miracles, but it’s time to treat my body with care.
The basics are:
- Eating properly portioned lean protein and an abundance of vegetables. Snacks are fruit and fat is the healthy kind (avocado, olive oil, etc.) I am also avoiding bread, pasta, rice and dairy (except for my morning coffee creamer).
- Tracking! I have been avoiding tracking my food for a long time. It gives a sense of accountability that I was not ready for. Now I am logging every bite on My Fitness Pal. (My user name is jencorrea in case you are also tracking.)
- Working out at least once a day. I am trying to commit to a workout video (or a class if the opportunity arises) at least 5 days a week.
- I am also running or cross training at least 4-5 days a week for optimal cardio calorie burn. Oh and because I am running the Fred Lebow Half Marathon in Central Park on 1/26.
I am a week into plan and I feel good. I start each day with rolled oats and have been eating a lot of salads and healthy homemade (by Tara) soups. I have been travelling with cut peppers and cherry tomatoes. The only problem has been that Mini Me eats all my snacks. That’s a good problem to have!
Here’s to another good week and keeping the momentum. Bikini here I come!