I’ll be honest with you…I’ve been hiding under slouchy tanks and sweaters since I saw you last. Thankfully my limbs are pretty lanky so no one can tell what has actually been going on underneath my clothes. One guy I dated recently called my body soft and I almost started crying…not really, but I complained to my trainer for weeks about it.
In my heart I believe that the extra weight around my tummy has come on because:
- I don’t teach as much as I used to (I’m burning about 1000 less calories/wk)
- I eat out and drink more than should. Hey, I’m still single over here.
- I’m getting older. Technically, the body’s metabolism isn’t supposed to slow down until 35, but I’ve always been one to jump the gun.
Instead of FaceTuning all of my photos this summer, I’ve decided to take a little action and get the look and feeling I really want out of my body.
That being said, I hate to diet, so I’m just going to clean up my act. From my experience, the smallest changes can be the hardest and always pay off the biggest.
Here’s my plan:
1. Eat cleaner.
None of this:
Some of this:
More of that:
And of course more cooking at home. I also want to eat less bars. As clean as they are these days, there is always more nutritional value and fiber to fill me up in real food.
2. Exercise with a mission.
I’m strapping my heart rate monitor back on and committing to 600 calories per workout. Three days in Zone 3, the fat burning zone, and 3 days (7 classes, 600 per class) in Zones 4 – 5. So total, I’m at about 6000 calories for the week.
3. More water during the day.
I don’t know why, but I absolutely hate drinking water. Unfortunately, I think it’s finally affecting my digestion, if you know what I mean (TMI sorry!). Arrowhead’s Black Cherry water has been a good way to ease into this new habit. It’s really flavorful and filling.
4. No wine at night.
Come on, you know you’re with me when I say it’s sooo nice to unwind at the end of the day with a glass of wine. These days, I’ve been unwinding to the tune of 2-3 glasses a night! EEK.
Soooo, instead, I’m going to hit up Kreation daily and pick out ANY juice to drink at dinner. Yes, they’re loaded with sugar, but they’re alcohol free :)
Last night I only drank half of one juice….and then ate half a cookie. But I was happy, and I think that’s an important factor when you’re making changes.
Because this diet is not about abstinence, the rule is drinking only on the weekends.
5. In bed by 10:30pm.
More sleep makes your body more efficient and everything somehow becomes easier when your rested. Nothing is more powerful than natural energy.
And ta dahhhhhh!
Holiday weekend is the perfect time to start, right?! Who’s with me???