Mission: Get in Shape!
So, my sister, Nicole, is getting married and has decided that because she has to lose weight, then we all have to lose weight. Honestly it is something I have been thinking about for a while now, I just haven’t really had the motivation to get up and start doing something about it. Talking about wanting to do something and actually getting up and doing it are two completely different things. So, now that I have a mission and something of a deadline, where do I start!!!
Step 1) – Measure your starting point
Create a chart or spreadsheet where you can keep track of weight and measure arm, waist, chest, hips, thigh and calf. Each column will represent a weekly measuring. It is important to document exactly where you started so that you can determine if the exercise/food plan you set for yourself is actually working. For those that aren’t computer savvy good ol’ fashioned pen and paper work just fine.
Step 2) – Create a goal
You can’t plan this journey without first knowing the destination. There are many tools on the internet that can help you figure out exactly what a healthy weight is for your height and age. Below is one site that is extremely helpful. If it makes you feel more comfortable then talking to your doctor or a nutritionist is a good place to start.
- Ideal Weight Calculator
Free calculator for the estimation of ideal weight based on age, gender, and height. This calculator compares results of five popular formulas. Also find hundreds of other free online calculators here.
Step 3) – Schedule a workout program
Everyone is going to be different for this part. Some people are morning birds and have the most energy the second they wake up, others are night owls that still feel energized even after the work day. Despite what experts say everyone has to schedule their workout program for the time of day they works best for them. Ideally, working out in the morning is preferable, however if it is a struggle just to get up in time for work then this isn’t the right time for you. Chose a time that you can stick to every day and not get aggravated or be at risk of missing a workout.
Chose a workout program that is going to work for you and don't start something that is beyond your difficulty level. Go out for a walk after work one day. If you get winded after half a mile of moderately paced walking then you are going to want to start with a lower impact program. If you can walk for 5 miles without breaking a sweat then you can push yourself a little more. I personally prefer the Beachbody workouts. Pick the program that is going to be the most beneficial to you. If walking up the steps at home is a challenge then the Insanity program is not for you yet.
Step 4) – Evaluate and change eating habits
First and foremost don’t think of this as dieting. In fact, take that word out of your vocabulary completely. You are not going on a diet. Diets are something you do for a few weeks and then when the program is over it’s back to business as usual. Think of it instead as a lifestyle adjustment. If you and your family like to guzzle multiple bottles of non-diet soda and eat fast food every day then this is going to be a huge adjustment for you. Years ago I semi successfully started a program to lose weight. It worked for a very long time until I went on vacation and when I got back I never got into my routine again. The first week all I did was not put sugar in my tea and I didn’t eat after 7 PM. That week I lost 7 lbs without any exercise at all and very little adjustment to my lifestyle. The main thing to understand is that you don’t have to deprive yourself to get healthy. Small adjustments can make a huge difference.
Step 5) - Get up and get going!
Once you have a plan, jump right in a start! “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today”. There is no time like the present to begin. If at all possible find a buddy to work out with and make everyone in the house eat healthier with you. Make it a team effort so you can challenge and encourage each other.
Based on my current weight and where I should be I have about 6 months of workouts ahead of me. Plenty of time to get to my goal before I have to try on brides maids dresses. I plan to track my progress and keep a journal as added incentive to keep with the program. So, who’s with me?
Check out my progress so far!
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