I’ve been feeling really down lately and incredibly unhappy with the person that’s looking back at me in the mirror. Well, not necessarily the person, but the body. I know as women, we’re overly critical and hard on ourselves. We have some impossible-to-live-up-to role models in the media. I’m not expecting for a 6’4″ 110lb model to look back at me when I look in the mirror, but I’m hoping to see a healthy, more toned version of me in the coming months. Yesterday, July 1st marked the first day of this journey. I’ve been “warming up” to the idea over the weekend by downloading the My Fitness Pal app, counting calories, and taking Alea on a 4 mile walk. I knew before really diving into this, I would have to cautiously dip my toes in and see if it was something I’m truly ready to do.
These “before” pictures really solidified things for me. I’m almost thinking they’re worse than the last set of before pictures I took. I’ll let you be the judge of that though. All in all, I just want to live a healthier, more active lifestyle. And I’d love for my clothes to fit me better.
I will not be taking measurements and I will not be weighing myself throughout the journey. I believe that a picture is worth a thousand words and I don’t want to get too hung up on the numbers. Instead of weighing and measuring I’ll be taking photos every couple weeks or so to document my progress. And of course paying attention to how my clothes are fitting!
Here’s the plan:
1. Counting calories
>>>I’ll be using the MyFitnessPal app to do this. I’ll keep track of every meal, snack, and everything that I consume. Along with counting calories comes watching portion sizes so I’ll be watching those like crazy as well. Good-bye heaping plate of spaghetti!
2. Eating healthier — more fruits & vegetables
>>>This goes hand-in-hand (somewhat) with counting calories. I’d take a bowl of watermelon or a spinach salad over 3 Cheez-Its any day. It’s amazing how much food you can consume with healthier options of fruits and veggies than packaged (for lack of a better word) crap!
3. Starting the 30 Day Shred — starting TODAY
>>>Here we go again, Jillian. Let’s tango! This work-out literally kicks my butt. I’m beat read and sweating perfusely by the end of it. I’ve seen amazing results with the 30 Day Shred before so I know that it truly does work. That should be encouragement enough, right?
4. Turning Alea’s nap time into walk time
>>>The other day while Alea napped, I managed to get a 4 mile walk in while pushing her in the stroller. It was nothing short of amazing. After our walk, I rewarded her with a trip to the park, so I continued to be active and chase her around. It was a win-win for both of us. I got my work-out in, Alea was happier and didn’t through an epic tantrum before bedtime and she even got some time in at the park!
5. Starting the C25K
>>>This will only be possible on nights when Cory doesn’t work because there’s no way I’m running while pushing our crappy stroller! And I’ll be doing this when and if I’m not able to get in a walk with Alea during the day. It’ll be nice to have an alternative as well so I can mix it up when I’m feeling a little less uninspired to keep going.
I’ll report back in 29 days to tell you how it all went and I’ll share the photos I plan to take throughout the month as well as the before & afters!
HERE WE GO! Wish me luck & pretty please hold me accountable!