I know I haven’t been updating much on my weight loss journey, but I have not given up. I definitely fell off the wagon for a few weeks, but I’ve picked myself up with a renewed enthusiasm and a brand spaking new plan of attack.
- Motivation – First off, I grew somewhat bored with my weight loss attempt and just didn’t care. I was accountable (truly) to no one. However, my department at work started a fat loss challenge and we are all highly competitive. We weight in every week and then measure our BMI and Body Fat with our new Fat Loss Monitor. We all put $10 into a piggy bank and there are consequences for failure. For every tenth of a percent of body fat gained, we are fined 25¢. There is some major sabotage going on (which is completely allowed), but mostly we are all having fun and really putting our effort into it. At the end, whoever loses the highest % of body fat wins the pot ($50). The entire department (all 4 of us) is involved, so it’s definitely fun and they are holding me accountable for every choice.
- Exercise – I have always slacked off in the exercise department. Lucky for me, I recently received the full set of Fusion Pilates DVDs for review and I am now starting to implement them into my routine. There are four DVDs included: Triple Threat (to prepare your body for pregnancy and maintain your body afterward), Fusion Pilates for Pregnancy, Post-Pregnancy and C-Section Recovery and Exercising with Baby. Since I am not pregnant and haven’t been for over three years, I’m using the Triple Threat to whip me into shape. Last night, I went through the entire DVD without even realizing it was over an hour long. I worked up a crazy sweat and felt amazing afterward. I haven’t had a good workout like that in a long time, so it was awesome to really push my body to its limits. I’ll keep using this DVD as a part of my exercise plan and update you in a few weeks. I’m also walking at least a mile every day during the week, so that adds a good 20 minute workout to my routine.
- Diet – I am currently on a calorie-reduced diet. I’m trying to eat no more than 1,500 calories a day and make those calories really count. I am cutting out snacking entirely and no more bedtime bowls of cereal. I’ve got to get my thinking back in line and build a healthy relationship with food or I am never going to be successful in losing this weight and keeping it off. The cycle has to change, so over the next 60 days or so, I’m going radical on it. I’m eating more proteins and veggies than I normally do and much less processed food. No more “fillers” in my diet. If I’m going to eat it, it’s going to matter and do something good for my body. I’m also making sure to drink at least 64 ounces of water each day, but it’s turning out to be a lot more than that because I’m finding myself constantly thirsty.
- Supplementation – I needed a kick-start to my weight loss to keep me motivated and show me that it’s not impossible. On a whim, I was walking around BJ’s the other day thinking about getting something like a protein shake or supplements and I came across Pro Clinical Hydroxycut. So, I’m going to try it out and see how it goes. My first day on it was Monday and I felt great all day and I’m feeling great today, too, so I think it’s going to be good. It’s got an awful lot of caffeine in it so it leaves me feeling a wee bit jittery, but no more than a bottle of Pepsi might make me feel. I take them about 30 minutes before each meal, continue on my calorie-reduced diet and drinks lots of water. The exercise is a boost, too.
So far, I’ve seen a little bit of a result. Through our weight loss challenge at work, we’re tracking our % of body fat and BMI. My body fat percentage has dropped from 34.5% down to 33.7% in the past 7 days (before Hydroxycut or any exercise) and my BMI has gone from 28.9 to 28.8. I know it’s a minimal change, but I’ll take anything at this point. Now that I’ve added in exercise and Hydroxycut, I think I’ll start seeing some pretty awesome results.