I’ve been telling you I’d be posting my ‘August Plan’ to get into
great better shape since July….
Clearly, I’ve been slacking.
Actually, it’s not so much slacking as it is not knowing where to start. I feel like I currently have a good hang of things and I don’t know how much more I can cut out before I’m a boring, non-drinking-vegan. (*I’m not saying non-drinking-vegans are boring* I just would be ;))
I eat pizza, but not often
I have sweets, but rarely
I use natural peanut butter, sparingly
I consume dairy, but maybe only once a day
I choose organic, when I can
I enjoy bread, but typically only Ezekiel
I drink alcohol, but it’s normally vodka/water
Pasta, maybe once a month (if that)
I track calories, almost every day
I drink water, all freaking day
I buy organic chicken/eggs, every week
I workout, 4-5 a week
I include strength training, weekly
I find new workouts and challenges, all the time
You get the point.
So this is my thing, where do I go from here? I’ve narrowed it down to a few things…the only things I can possibly think of keeping my from my goal body.
- Snacking on the weekends
- Too big of portions at dinner
- Not working out hard enough
Ok, let’s tackle these one at a time.
Currently: Ok, I don’t drink that
much often. Sometimes, we will do one girl’s night during the week and I usually have 2 beers or 2 glasses of wine. Friday nights more often than not are just low key and I may have one drink or one glass of wine. Saturday’s always kill me. We usually start early and on some occasions, I consume definitely more than I should – more than anyone should – just being honest here. Then Sunday’s come and while we used to have Sunday Funday often, we have gotten better at cutting that out at least.
The Fix: A drink with girls, fine. A drink on Friday night if I want it, fine. I need to work on the Saturday, extended day, drinking. This is going to be an interesting goal with college football coming up, but I need to decide what’s more important. I can keep bitching about getting my goal body or I can do something about it.
2.) Snacking on the Weekends
Currently: Over the summer, I’ve traveled and had a lot of events to attend and therefore, my eating hasn’t been ideal. In addition to that, when we’re at Dan or my parent’s house, I’m not typically in control of the food. While I make the best of it, it’s easy to grab snack food when it’s at your disposal.
The Fix: Plan ahead. On weekends when I know I’m going to be at one of their houses, I need to plan on taking some healthy snacks with me. This way, I won’t be tempted by everything else.
3.) Too big of portions at dinner
Currently: I’m usually pretty hungry when I get home from my workout at night and my biggest mistake is snacking while I cook dinner. I’ve been trying to make whatever I grab healthier lately, like watermelon or grapes, but I need to cut out the snacking altogether.
The Fix: Chew gum, brush my teeth or make flavored water to sip on while I cook. I try to have a game plan for what I’m going to make to take the time and guess-work out of it. Once it’s time to eat, keep the portion size in check.
4.) Not Working Out Hard Enough
Currently: I try to workout five times a week. More often than not, it’s only four or, four plus something easy on my lunch hour on Friday to make it five. For a while, I’d do double workouts – one during lunch and one at night or two at night – but yet I still wasn’t seeing a change. What it comes down to I think is that my body wasn’t being challenged. I’ve been doing Turbo for almost three years and while yes, its great cardio, it isn’t effecting me anymore.
The Fix: I knew I needed a push and that’s why I decided to do the 21 day challenge with Renegade. I’m in my second week and loving it. I’ve never pushed myself so hard and it feels awesome. I’ve been going there three times a week and then doing my own thing on the other days. Sadly, the 21 days are up next week and I need to decide where to go from there. I’m not sure I can afford the monthly fee, which is depressing since I love it and am seeing changes. I’ll cross that bridge (and keep you posted) when I get to it. I also need to be dedicated, five days, no excuses.
Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.
I know I’m not fat. That’s not what this is about. However, I want to be fit. Along with fit, I want to be healthy. I’m not worried about the scale. I plan to measure and use that as my guide. I don’t necessarily even want to lose weight, but rather tone up, which will inevitably, make me leaner.
I want to eat clean, so clean, that it becomes habit and without question I will choose the food that will fuel me and not weigh me down. I know this goal will be easier in time and until that time, I need to have willpower.
Since this weekend I’ll be enjoying time at Cedar Point I think I’ll really start and get focused next week. I need to decide what I’m going to do gym wise. Continuing to challenge myself is going to be a huge factor in changing my body, so it’s time to make some decisions there.
I’m also going to keep adding to my ‘Clean Foods’ recipe board, so that I can get ideas, get creative and continually make improvements with the food I choose.
I’m going to measure as soon as possible and I’ll share that with you. I’ll re-measure in 30 days – hopefully small changes will pay off – we’ll see!
The road to reach your goals is never-ending. It’s not a plan that will eventually come to a close. It’s a plan that you need to continually change and grow with. As the plan changes, your body will change. If something isn’t working, then change the plan, you’re in charge here! My previously plan was no longer working, which is why I sat down and really looked at my problem areas and decided what I can do to change them. The goal now is to actually make and stick to those changes!
Stay tuned as I work on my ‘kind of’ plan!