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:
- 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.
- 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?