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My Get Skinny Plan

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Last week I confessed that have to lose weight – I do, I really do according to my physician.  After a week of contemplating the news from my doctor and another week of wallowing about my non-healthy habits I finally decided that it’s time to start losing weight.

I’m not that girl

I joined a gym, even though BF thinks it’s a waste of money. He thinks I should be able to workout at home with the dozen of fitness DVDs I have.  In an ideal world this would be true – but I live in reality.  I know myself and I can almost guarantee I won’t be able to get out of bed and workout.

I don’t have the type of self discipline or motivation to be one of THOSE girls.  You know the type…those girls who run their Saturday morning errands in gym tights and still look fabulous, the girls who can eat a salad for lunch and be full (I still think they’re lying) and the type of girl who wakes up early so she can get a workout in before going to the office.  No, I will never be THAT type of girl.

But I will become her

I’m the girl who wears her hair in a pony tail because I prefer to sleep in 15 minutes longer in the morning.  I’m the type of girl who prefers to come home and take a nap to regain energy (even though working out is supposed to have the same effect) and I’m the type of girl who eats instant oatmeal for breakfast at her desk because I think cooking is a waste of time.  Yep, that’s me – but all that has to change.

Personal confession:  I’m 5 feet tall and I currently weigh 162 lbs (as you can see above) and I want to weigh 130 lbs by June 1.  That’s 30 lbs in 6 months, 5 lbs a month and approximately 1 lb a week.

I have to become THAT girl.  It’s not going to be easy because I’m 34 years old and pretty set in my ways, but if I want to follow my doctor’s orders I have to lose weight – and that means changing my habits.  Actually it means changing my entire life.  Instead of coming home from my 9 to 5 job, taking a nap, walking up and working on my freelance gigs.  I’m going to have to skip the nap and maybe cut down on the freelance work so I can fit gym time into my daily routine – yes I said it…daily.

Here’s my plan to become skinny

I’m going to go H.A.M. on my new workout routine because if I see dramatic results I think it will keep me motivated.  It will remind me that all the hunger pains and tears (yes there will be tears) will be worth it.

This is how I’m going to get in shape:

Smaller portions.  I can roll with the big boys when it comes to my meals.  I mean I can eat an entire medium pizza by myself if I wanted to…but I don’t, not anymore.   I’m only going to eat off the small plates from now on and I’m only going to have one serving.

Less sugar.  As a vegetarian I eat a lot of carbs and a lot of sugar to stay full, bad habit I know.  This year I extremely indulged in Halloween candy, but all that’s over.  Now the only sugar I’m going to consume is the natural sugar in the food I eat, no extras in the form of cookies, cupcakes and candy or iced coffee.

Be more active.  One of the main reasons I joined a gym is because if I’m paying for it I will use it.  If I don’t workout at home there is no loss, but if I don’t get up and take advantage of my gym membership I’ll be losing money…and I hate to lose money.

I have to lose weight. Doctor’s orders!

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Good morning Loves.  Last week I decided I wanted to join a gym.  On the last visit with my family doctor he told me that I should lose weight.  I know I’m not skinny and I’ve always wanted to be thin, but having your doctor tell you to lose weight for medical reasons puts healthy living on an entire new level.

If your doctor says it you have to do it

My immediate thought was to console myself in some raw cookie dough, but then I thought….HHHMMM better not.   I immediately called a gym near my home and booked a consultation with a free one week pass to try out the facilities.  I decided to go to a well known gym chain because the monthly fee is around $45 and it includes unlimited classes as well as  free use of all facilities; the only downside is members have to make a one year commitment and I’m not so good with the long term dedication .  Memberships to private gyms are offered on a monthly basis but the fee is much higher being anywhere between $80 to $120.  YIKES!  I know it’s for the greater good but that’s a lot of money I just can’t afford right now.

My body is changing, but not for the better

I’m not sure what’s going on with my body at 34 years old but it feels like every single day I’m gaining weight.  My eating habits admittedly aren’t very healthy but they haven’t changed drastically over the last couple of years.  I am not as active as I used to be but I do still walk to and from work every day.  My sister says that worrying about being fat is stressful and stress causes people to gain weight.  That may be true but can it make you gain 30 pounds?  That’s how much weight I need to lose.  Actually as of last night 34 pounds.  My weight can fluctuate anywhere between 2 and 5 pounds a day.

I definitely need help, but can’t afford it

I decided I can’t do it alone.  I need help to lose weight because I don’t have the discipline to motivate myself to workout (even though doctors orders should be motivation enough) so I decided to join a gym.  However when I told BF he convinced me that we shouldn’t be spending an extra $45 per month with our new more expensive rent and variable hydro bill every month.  I have to say deep down I agree.

So I lay in bed Sunday night thinking about what I can do to improve my health, lose weight and for the first time in my life start feeling good about myself.  I printed off a meal plan, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to stick to it.  Technically I don’t need to join a gym because as BF reminded me we have a big apartment with lots of space to move around.  I, like everyone else in the world who has ever tried to lose weight, have at least a dozen workout DVDs at home.  I can work out at home with my Biggest Loser DVDs and my Yoga DVDs, but is that enough to lose weight?

So here’s my plea.  I want to lose weight and I need your help.

What’s your best workout/eating healthy/motivation tip?

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Is your gym membership worth it?

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Good morning Loves. I used to be the first to admit that a gym membership was a waste of money. I preferred to find less expensive (dare I even say free) workout routines such as walking outside and working out in my home. I refused to pay $45 a month for a gym membership to workout with hundreds of other sweaty people who have touched the same equipment. But now my mentality has taken a 180 degree turn and I am not pro-gym membership.

Things are going south (yet) but they just aren’t the same

Since I hit 30 years old it’s safe to say my body has changed quite a bit. I was never one of those skinny girls who eats salad and drinks protein shakes all day. I have always had “curves”, which is just a skinny girl’s polite way of saying I’m not skinny. Even though I’ve never been skinny or even thin, I am noticing that my body is just not the same at 33 that it was at 23. Places of my body are touching that shouldn’t be touching and that’s not OK with me.

My new body composition could be due to changes in my lifestyle over the last ten years. At 23 I was broke and couldn’t really afford anything, let alone nice meals. Now that I have a full time job and freelance side hustle I can afford to eat out, which I do a lot because I’m so busy and a really awful cook. I’m sure my income increase over the years and my change in lifestyle habits have played a major role in how my body has evolved.

In my 30s I need a little more motivation to get going and get to the gym. Sure some may say that looking good is motivation enough and boy do I wish that was true. In my 20s I was full of energy and I could function well on five to seven hours of sleep. Now I sleep for a solid 12 hours on the weekends and I like to take a power nap during the week when I get home from work. It’s probably not as dramatic as I’m making it sound but all that to say I need a little help to stay motivated.

Money is motivation to keep going

I decided to join a gym because I need a little extra motivation to start working out on a regular basis. What better motivation is there than money? I now pay $45 per month for my gym membership and I never regret it. Although I might look into payasugym to reduce the amount I pay. I am not a fan of being locked into a contract because committing to anything really freaks me out, but overall my gym experience has been very pleasant.

I make sure I get to the gym at least three times a week because it makes the monthly cost worth it. I would hate myself if I paid $45 per month for a gym membership and never went. So other day I pack my bag and head to the gym after work. I carry my bag to work because if I come home to change my clothes I would never make it back out to the gym. I would rather change into my pyjamas than change into my workout gear. Going to the gym straight from work makes sure I get my money’s worth with my gym membership.

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Maintaining your balance when the days get shorter (and darker)

70. well we all shine onIt’s started happening. When I get out of work at 5:00, the sky is starting to get a little dark. Pretty soon, we’ll be setting our clocks back and it will be pitch black when I walk out of my office.

Being an outdoorsy, sun-loving person, I never like the transition into shorter, darker days because it really drains my energy. I love taking Big Dog and Little Dog for a walk before dinner, but it’s so much nicer in the summer when the neighborhood is still buzzing and awake instead of feeling like it’s already nighttime. I always get kind of sleepy and blah during this time of the year, and it takes my body (and spirit) a while to adjust.

So I thought I’d share with you the things I do to try to keep myself as much in balance as I can during this transition. I know a lot of people who go through the same sort of “fall blahs,” and I’m guessing a lot of you do, too.

How to get through the fall blahs

Get enough (but not too much!) sleep. Try to get as close to 8 hours a night as you can to keep your energy from slipping any more than it already is. Go to bed and wake up at the same time so your body stays on track. But, don’t get too much sleep. Even if the gray skies and early nights make you feel drowsy, indulging in too many naps will just make you feel spacey and will throw off your nighttime sleep.

A quick power nap to reset your energy is fine (and something I highly recommend). But anything beyond that can just leave you feeling even worse when you wake up.

Exercise regularly. You know I’m a huge believer in exercise being one of the best mood boosters. Regular exercise is a great way to boost your energy, get those happy endorphins going, and keep yourself feel more awake and alert when you start to droop. Choose something that works for you, and keep to a regular schedule, even (or especially!) on the days you’re feeling blah.

Eat well. I have to admit, when the weather starts getting colder and it’s the season to start cuddling up on the couch under cozy blankets, I tend to crave “comfort foods” more than I do during the spring and summer. (Big bowls of mac and cheese are my especial weakness.) But eating lots of heavy, carb-filled or fatty foods just leaves me feeling even more drowsy and yucky than I did before. So I try to stick to my usual healthy breakfast (granola, fruit, etc.) and lunch (salads, wraps, etc.), and throw in a little treat with dinner to fight the fall blahs. A side of mac and cheese, for instance, is much better than eating an entire huge bowl of it.

Get outside when you can. It’s a scientific fact that getting some sun can make us feel better. That’s why people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder are often told to try things like solar lamps to boost their mood during the winter. You might not have symptoms as serious as SAD, but getting out in nature while the sun’s still out can still help keep your spirits up as the days get shorter.

I like to try to take walks during my lunch break in the fall. (It’s a great chance to enjoy all the leaves changing!) On the weekends, The Hubby and I do as much outdoor stuff (biking, walking the Dogs, etc.) as we can during the afternoon so we can take advantage of the daylight hours. Little things like making sure to keep all the blinds open during the day and keeping rooms well-lit at night can also help.

Do you get the fall blahs? How do you fight them?

 

~Heart,

Em

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