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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.

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December Health and Fitness Challenge with Atlanta Mom of Three

To aid me in my quest for overall better health, I have just joined a challenge for the month of December that is spearheaded by Valerie of the Atlanta Mom of Three blog.  She is a pretty cool chica, full of great tips on balancing what could be a very hectic family life.

For the month of December, I am challenging myself to commit to a minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic/cardio activity, 5 days a week.  I choose to follow my Zumba/dance videos each day.  My playlist totals a little over 40 minutes, including the cooldown video.  I will also go walking with my children on the weekend.

Feel free to join Valerie’s December Challenge via the following link:  http://atlantamomofthree.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/december-health-fitness-challenge/.

Nita

Project Drop 50

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.

Nita

Weight Loss Countdown

My goal is to get back down to my comfortable weight (50 pounds less) by my baby’s first birthday.  He just reached his half-birthday (go Nate!), so this is definitely doable.  The key to my success will be WILLPOWER.  Why did I key this word in all caps?  This has been a burr in my side for quite some time.  Sheer willpower will get you far, and I must be frank in saying that my health has fallen by the wayside, while I tend to the needs of others around me.  There is a short list of “others” who I am referring to (family and my job), but I know that it is imperative that I start taking my health seriously and get it together.

So where do I start?  Since I very well may be nursing through my deadline, I have to be careful about my diet.  As I stated in another post, I have successfully used juicing as a form of kick starting a weight loss plan, in the past.  This time around, I will have to incorporate a lot more protein and some complex carbs to keep my energy level up and provide adequate nourishment to myself and my little one.

Since I pump during my breaks at work, I won’t be able to work out while I’m there (my company has an in-house fitness center).  With that being said, I will have to devote some of my time at home to working out.  There are stairs in my home, and I am considering walking up and down them for 15 minutes every morning.  In a perfect world, I would also take a walk in the evening with the kids, but that just isn’t feasible or realistic at this time.  Each evening, I will pop in one of my workout DVDs and get some cardio in.

Regarding my eating habits…well, there is much to be desired in that area.  Nursing definitely creates an insatiable appetite, but I am fully aware that a healthy appetite doesn’t equal the need to indulge in sweets and extra starchy foods.  I said I am aware of this, right?  That’s where willpower is necessary.  I pray for self-control so I may meet the challenge at hand.  Amen!

I will provide weekly updates on my progress.  I have six months to work with, which is ample time to work on myself for a change.  If you would like to make some positive lifestyle changes and get into better shape, join me in this challenge.  Keep in mind that this is a personal challenge, one where your overall health is the ultimate prize!

Nita

Are we what we eat?

Update: one week in, and it has been tough! Willpower hasn’t been very strong, but He who lives within me is much stronger than all of the temptation that I have given in to. I have been drinking a lot more water, and I have cut back on carbs, but not by much. I’m down but not out!

Hur Jurnee

My goodness, I hope not!  I have been a vegetarian (no red meat, poultry, or seafood), pescatarian (no red meat or poultry), non-red meat-eater, and full-on carnivore at various times throughout my life.  Presently, I am contemplating eliminating poultry from my diet again.  I haven’t eaten red meat in 16 years.  In the first few years after making that choice (which was rather easy, as I’ve never been hog-wild over red meat, pun intended), I decided that I would kick poultry to the curb, as well.  I found the lack of chicken in my diet to be the most difficult aspect.  I had become very adept at concocting the most delectable chicken meals, at least in my humble opinion.  This lasted all of 2 years, at which time I dove into all of the chicken and turkey I could find!

This time around, I feel the same way I felt over 15…

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