Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Move it Or [don't] Lose It!

Ok so it's been two weeks since my last recorded weigh in.  And, OFFICIALLY, I lost 1 pound (boooooo!)... Unofficially, I was down to 158 at some point; but, unforunately my weight has fluctuated over the past two weeks due to some bad food choices [eating out], partying [it was my friend's birthday], and not exercising daily - which was one of my goals.  I've found myself being quite lazy these past two weeks.  I'm not sure if it's because school is beginning next monday and I'm trying to get in all the rest I can before disaster strikes, or if I'm just plain lazy!  Either way, I have GOT to do better.  Although my net weightloss has been 1 pound, I should technically be losing at least 1lb per week - without gaining any back.  And let's be honest, it's not healthy to lose weight based on caloric restrictions alone.  Exercise is KEY to weightloss success... Therefore, I have thought up a few things that will help me through my "lazy bone jones" ;-)
  1. Weekly Planner:   I have compiled a weekly schedule, incorporating all of the things I must do each day - i.e. class, work, pick up the kid from school, cook dinner, bath time, study time, etc. - so that I can figure out when I have leftover time to exercise.  The goal is to schedule exercises each day when I'll actually do them, not when I plan to.  I have found that, while early morning workouts are most effective with fat loss, I simply cannot wake up any earlier than the last possible moment before I am on the verge of running late (queen of procrastination here)!  Therefore, I have scheduled my workouts during the time my daughter is in the bath.  I know that every night she will take a bath before bed - therefore I will have NO excuse not to get on my elliptical for 30 minutes while she plays in the tub.  If I cannot fit in any additional workouts throughout the day - hikes, walks, or Wii "Just Dance 2" - I know that I have at the very least got a 30 minute workout in - which will result in a minimum of 200 calories burned.  I mean, how many people can say they have an elliptical machine in their home?!  They're not too expensive to purchase, but for some reason most people would rather spend their money on other luxuries.  So, since I have one, that works, I really don't have an excuse not to get my big butt on it!

  2. Meal Planner:  I have a found a wonderful website (aside from emeals.com) that allows you to search for recipes, add them to your weekly calendar (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and then view your weekly shopping list based on the recipe ingredients!!  Pure GENIOUS!!!!  And the best part - it's FREE!!!  Go to How Does She Do It to test it out for yourself!  Additionally, I've found another website (www.myfridgefood.com) which allows you to input whatever ingredients you have on hand in your kitchen, and voila - out pops some recipes to cook up for dinner (or whatever meal you're working on)!  My goal is to work up a menu on saturday/sunday of each week - to include Breakfast and Lunch (for me on the go), and Dinner - by using the above-mentioned tools.  Planning ahead is key to success, and I know this meal plan will help me to avoid impulsive eating/snacking.  Not to mention save me a ton of cash on purchasing convenience items!
I shall post another check in after two more weeks - hopefully I'll be down 2 more pounds by then.  Wish me luck!

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