I had my first informational meeting last night for the weight loss competition. Maria was an amazing motivational speaker and provided clear and realistic guidelines for the program. I really learned a lot! The first challenge we have is to come up with a plan for nutrition, exercise and goals. Today, I’ve thought long and hard about what those are going to be. The first thing I decided to do was make a true commitment (hence the page here). I need to hold myself accountable.
Me and my husband at his brothers wedding July 2012.
This idea was actually inspired by another friend of mine who has chosen a new way to live and fight her disease with a different kind of diet. She created a page to post recipes, ideas and other tidbits of her journey. I truly love reading about it. I choose to make the page separate because I didn’t want to burden my traditional friend list with random things they don’t care about. Also, so the world can see the journey.
I’m putting it out there – I hope someone wants to read it. The big part of this is holding myself accountable for my actions. I hope this page serves that purpose. I’m looking for everyone that likes it to truly keep on me. I need to stay on track and focus my efforts on making this work. I truly hope this is finally the jump start I’ve needed.
So first on the list of tasks is a nutrition plan. Maria talked about “clean eating” so after searching for more information, I found a great website (www.cleaneating.com
) that has not only great ideas, but actually two week meal plans for FREE. Ok… step one is done because now it’s all simple and easy to follow. Now, I will say I wasn’t 100% sold on everything on the list, but a few quick edits to the meal plan (complete with shopping list) and now I’m ready to shop for the food this weekend.
Step 2 – Exercise .. this is normally where I fail. Let’s be honest, it’s hard to squeeze in exercise. Yes, here comes the excuses from me, but after just starting a new job (that requires travel), a 4 year old and activities, I need to get a grip on how this is going to work. With the contest, we are being given a 1 month pass to the 84 fitness center; however, I think I’m just going to join the Wellness Center. I’m very spoiled at that gym with the rock wall, pool and billion classes and machines. Plus, with my membership, I’ll get a personal assessment and meeting with a nutritionist when I job and one session with a personal trainer. All things I could certainly use for some guidance. I’ll take all the help I can get. I”m also very thankful that I have made become great friends with a personal trainer who I know will be on my ass constantly. She has been for quite some time now. Yes, Janelle… I’m coming back to Zumba. Working out my schedule for it now.
Finally, goals… I’ve thought long and hard about this and I need some realistic goals that are not only achievable but very desirable. My weight loss goals are going to be 2 lbs per week. I’m hoping that I’ll actually lose more though. By the end of September, I want to lose at least 10 lbs. I think that’s fairly realistic. I plan to work out at least 3 days a week and we’re going to full clean eating effective this weekend (I hope the hubby doesn’t kill me).
Now, for the big goals…. I’m still working on these but they will be announced soon (whenever I figure them out). My first thought was… I lose 10 lbs and my husband will take me Salsa Dancing like I’ve always wanted to do… his reaction was – that’s a reward for you and punishment for me, how is that fair? Sigh, back to the drawing board. I guess I’ll ponder a few more days and something will hopefully jump out. Maybe a mini-weekend trip somewhere (I hear the beach is nice in the fall). Oh, I know… I’ll just demand another trip to Florida so I can get another manicure that lasts forever. One week and my nails still look as fabulous as the day they were done.
Well, it’s time for me to head out. Be sure to stop back and see all the fantastic things that are going on over the next six months. I hope this will be the start of the greatest years of my life. It’s truly about time – I turned 30 and life isn’t over… it’s truly just beginning.