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Soooo back in May I realized I would soon have to be in a bathing suit and I was NOT ready. I’m not one to crash diet (or any type of diet, really) and at 31 years old, it is much harder for me to get into shape. I decided a lifestyle makeover was due. I didn’t like any of the plans I found online, so I just made one up.
Let me preface this by saying I know virtually NOTHING about fitness or nutrition, but this plan is based on common sense and seems to be working. It’s not a quick fix – it’s definitely more of a slow burn. Since I’m not going crazy with it, the results weren’t drastic after two/three months, but I’m starting to feel better and can maybe – maybe – see myself rocking a crop top again in the future.
My plan centered around one major concept: being what I coined “Weekday Healthy”. I’m a bit more careful during the week and then pay ZERO attention to what I’m doing to my body on the weekend. Since I can booze hard and eat pizza all weekend long, I don’t miss it if I cut out my vices during the week. It’s not a perfect plan, but it’s working for me. I became #WeekdayHealthy by doing the following:
- No booze during the week. Before, I was going out a lot for my job, but once I changed up my career and stopped going to work events, it was easier to cut out the alcohol. If the booze isn’t in your face, it’s easy to avoid. Of course, there are exceptions. I occasionally meet up with girlfriends and split a few bottles of wine, but I’ve curtailed that and try to make weekend plans instead – it’s better hanging out without the pressure of work the next day, anyway! If I do go out one night during the week, I almost always stay in one night of the weekend. Basically, I now drink once or twice per week, which is a major decrease.
- Eat healthier during the week. This pretty much means cooking less pasta. I was cooking pasta 2-3 times per week – and that was just on weeknights, which meant I was eating creamy pasta at least four times a week. That’s aggressive. Now, it’s pasta only one weeknight, cheese in only one item on the table, etc. The biggest change has been portion size. I still haven’t mastered cooking for two so I make enough food to feed four people. I would appropriately fill our plates, but then I would keep going back for the extra that was sitting on the stove. Now, I plate our supper and immediately put the leftovers in the fridge, usually packing my lunchbox for the next day simultaneously. The whole “out of sight out of mind” thing actually works. My Planetbox has also been instrumental in keeping me on-track at lunchtime.
- Eating more often. I’m one of those people who eats a ton only twice a day. One change I’ve been working on is eating breakfast and incorporating a midday snack into my routine. The breakfast thing is tough for me. I’m not usually hungry when I wake up and only crave coffee. I solved this by building it into my routine. On Sunday night, I hard boil 5 eggs so I have them ready to go for the week. That way, it’s easy for me to quickly grab one for breakfast. Eating something also helps in getting me to drink more water. I try to drink one glass with breakfast. I get it down while my coffee is brewing. Then I get in a snack around 4:00 PM. This is usually a cup of popcorn (stocked for free at the office) or some nuts. While I’m hard boiling those eggs, I’ll also pack a bag of nuts to bring into the office and last me the week. The snack gives me an energy boost for my evening workout and helps me get in a little more water.
- Work out three times (+) per week. Since I’m not going out for drinks during the week, I have time to go to the gym. I enjoy going to classes, but I often don’t make it to the gym at the right time so I also created two different workouts that I rotate. They both start with a run on the treadmill (usually around 2-3 miles). Sometimes I do slightly less and add some time on the stairmaster. Then I move to either arms or legs. I got most of those exercises from Pinterest, believe it or not. Finally, I do 60-80 crunches. The whole workout takes about an hour.
Once the weekend rolls around I don’t really monitor anything. I was, however, surprised to see that my healthier habits during the week have made me subconsciously better on the weekends. Since I’ve been watching my portions during the week, I now only want 1-2 pieces of late night pizza than the 2-3 pieces I was eating before. I also find myself craving healthier stuff on the weekends – something I never thought I’d say.
It’s also been cool to realize that I actually enjoy exercise. I always had a good enough time once I got myself to the gym, but I lacked the motivation and free time to get there. Now that I don’t have so many work commitments, I am loving that working out gives me something to do besides sitting in front of the tv. It’s an activity. And there are so many fun studio classes out there if you want a change of scenery. I’ve recently really gotten into 305 Fitness. It’s a great way to kickstart my weekend and I love that it takes up a nice chunk of time and has nothing to do with alcohol consumption. I am also totally motivated by workout gear. I loved going to my 305 class in my cool new “Too Legit To Quit” tank and was even feeling good enough about myself that halfway through class I took off the tee to rock my snazzy Bandier sports bra and pants. Let it be noted that this is the first. time. ever. that I’ve been confident enough to work out in public in just a sports bra.