I’m currently dealing with several health issues that have nothing to do with my weight, but I am certain that the extra weight that I’m packing isn’t of much help to me! My youngest is 7 months old now, and I’m around 60 pounds from being at what a doctor would consider a healthy weight. Fifty pounds lighter is my happy place – it is where I feel most like myself. I have made the smart, yet unpleasant decision to wean my little one, due to the meds that I need to take. Ironically, over the past couple of weeks since I weaned him, my precious baby has gradually began sleeping through the night. Go figure! I miss the closeness of nursing, but I make up for it with lots of snuggle time and what I affectionately call “Tickle Monster” moments.
So, here’s my plan.
To kick-start my weight loss, I like to do a cleanse or adopt a liquid diet for a minimum of two weeks. This always helps to rid my system of the crap that I have consumed up until this point, like processed food and sweets. Their yummy goodness is great going down, but my body pays for them. This time around, I will combine the two. I’ll begin with a 4-day cleanse via some kind of herbal concoction that I have seen in the health section of my local grocery store. I’ll drink lots of water with lemon during this time. This cleanse is less about weight loss and more about getting my body away from old habits and more prepared for eating right. It is more about willpower and less about deprivation. I’ve got to get my mind right, people!
The juicing phase will start on day 5, and it will consist of using my handy-dandy blender and creating yummy smoothies for breakfast and delish soups and juices for the rest of the day. I found great success with this last year, prior to my last pregnancy. I was originally fearful of the lack of chewing involved (I’m such a snacker), but it was a nice departure from the norm. My smoothies consisted of fresh fruit (such as berries or mango), either kale or spinach leaves, and ice. Simply delectable. My favorite soup was a mix of frozen peas, fresh avocado, and water. I will juice for a minimum of 10 days. I am actually looking forward to it!
As far as fitness goes, I have started using YouTube as my go-to resource for working out. There are so many videos related to Zumba and all things cardio. I have created a playlist of several Zumba videos to really uptempo, mainstream songs. The total playlist, including the cooldown, totals 45 minutes. I am literally sweating bullets by the time it is over. My Black Friday gift to myself was a Harley Pasternak* Wii “game” which consists of a 10-week fitness program. I will start following Harley’s workout in the morning and go through my Zumba playlist in the evening. In the past, the only way for me to see true progress entailed twice-a-day workouts. Back then, I was a single mom of one, and it was pretty easy to go to the gym before work and take my daughter with me to the gym in the evening. Now, working out from home is the best option.
My goal is to reach 50 pounds of weight loss in 6 months. I will start the cleanse on December 15th. The juice portion of my plan will start on the 19th. I will check in weekly and provide my stats. The final weigh-in will occur on June 15. At the rate that I’m used to losing weight (when I’m diligent about it), I should actually reach my goal in 4 months, but I would like to allow time for any deviations and falling off the wagon. I don’t plan on missing the mark or cheating, but I would like to be realistic.
*Note: For those who don’t know, Harley Pasternak is a celebrity trainer who has worked with Halle Berry, Natalie Portman, and many others.