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New Year, New Choices, New Way of Life

I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions.  I mean, why set yourself up to fail, right?  What I lean toward, is self-preservation via rejuvenation, renovation, and simply upgrading one’s way of thinking and way of being.

Starting tomorrow, I am taking part in a weight-loss challenge via DietBet.  This online weight-loss community is so innovative!  The challenge follows a simple premise.  Each participant contributes the same amount of money ($30 for this particular challenge) and has four weeks to lose 4% of their body weight.  At the end of the four-week period, whoever has met the challenge splits the pot!  I’m not one to gamble, but I’m really excited this challenge.  I could definitely use the added incentive.

Update ~ Project Drop 50

Last month, I mentioned that I was embarking on a journey to lose at least 50 pounds.  I was 60 pounds away from being at the appropriate BMI level, but losing 50 pounds would put me in my comfort zone.  I ultimately didn’t kickstart my new plan until the week before Christmas.  Fast forward to today, and as of Tuesday, the 23rd, I have lost 11 pounds!  I’m so thankful to see progress and the fruits of my labor.

So here’s what I’ve been doing, thus far:

Food

  • Breakfast ~ Frozen fruit and leafy green vegetable (spinach or kale) smoothie every weekday and eggs and turkey bacon on weekends
    • This past week, I have added cottage cheese, for added protein and creaminess, flaxseed for Omega-3’s, and apple cider vinegar to aid digestion
  • Lunch ~ Either boiled eggs and vegetables, straight vegetables with low-fat dressing, or vegetables with a protein (turkey bacon, ground chicken, or baked fish)
  • Dinner ~ Vegetables and ground chicken, turkey bacon, or baked fish
  • Snacks ~ A boiled egg, here and there, but no more than 3 boiled eggs per day (I love mine whole – no discarding yolks for me!).  Also, I have found a “clean” oatmeal cookie recipe that consists of only oats (I use whole grain) and 1 banana.  Believe it or not, it is a really tasty treat!

Sounds boring, I know, but it has worked for me.  I am figuring out ways to add variety and additional flavor to what I eat.  I’m learning about spices that I never used before, and I haven’t felt deprived, at all.

Fitness

  • 4-5x week ~ about 1 hour of cardio via YouTube dance, Zumba, and Plyometrics videos.  I have several playlists of videos at my disposal, so I can tailor my workout to the specific amount of time that I have to work out.  I try to work out for a little while, first thing in the morning, and then again in the evening.  When I oversleep, I aim to work out longer in the evening to make up for it.
  • 5x week ~ 20-25 minutes of Pilates or traditional ab exercises via YouTube fitness videos

Within the next week, I am going to purchase some hand weights (to replace the sets that I lost recently) and some ankle weights.  Then, I plan to incorporate more strength training to my workouts.

How are you making better choices regarding your diet or fitness level this year?  Do you have a plan for success?

Nita

Goals

Ah yes, goals!  I have always failed at realizing goals that I have set for myself.  I’ve been a dreamer my whole life, yet when it comes down to actually following through with a goal, I tend to fall short.  I grow bored easily, similar to my five-year old.  At this point in my life, I am determined to set both long-term and short-term goals, not only for this blog, but for every facet of my life.  Whew!  I’m feeling that demon called Overwhelm creep in, ever so slowly.  I thrive under pressure, but I suppose I thrive more under the pressure of others than my own.  We shall see…

I will address my personal goals in a weekend post, when there is more time to ponder and plan.  For this blog, I would like to post weekly on the following topics, my passions:  God, my children, baking, and music.

I will also post on my hair — now that can cover a blog all by itself!  In a nutshell, I chose to go au naturale, with regard to my hair, in 2008.  I haven’t looked back since then, but now that my hair has reached epic proportions (compared to what I’ve had in the past), I have gotten so lazy with it.  In order to maintain a professional appearance at work, retain my personal sense of style, and hold on to an ounce of sanity, I am fully aware of the fact that I must get a true hair & body regimen going on.  See, now this post is leaning toward my “weekend post” length, so I digress.  Really, I just have so much that I need to do with myself and many things that I aim to accomplish in life.

Have a blessed day and I’ll be in touch!

Nita