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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Continuing my Plan

The plan is going well, but a few points on it that I should clarify for you. I am not trying to do everything on my plan straight away. I know that would just set me up for failure.

Something I should have mentioned last week in my post is that the plan is the long term goal, that is what I want my lifestle to be. Accomplishing that will get me to goal and change my lifestyle so that it is for life change, not a diet to get me to the first stage.

At the moment I am concentrating on some of the smaller things, the rest; because that is very important and without it, makes everything else nearly impossible. The water, because we are about to get into winter here, and that is when I struggle with water, and the exercise; because that is the one I want in my life the most.

Exercise is what I want my life to be about. I love the thought of being active and while I may go on about it, I know I have to in order to keep reminding myself what I do want my life to be.

Having said this, the other aspects of my plan were never far from my mind this week, and I did find that I was mostly there with the rest of my plan. While I didn't track my food, I was making better chioces, proteins with veges for most meals, and not nearly as many 'treats' as I normally would have, that is not to say that I didn't have them, but I did limit them, to the point were even out with friends, I choose a bottle of water instead of a soft drink and chocolate. I didn't even feel any envy while she ate it either. I enjoyed my cold water and continued on with our outing.

Oh, and that outing? It was shopping for hiking clothes! There was a great Brisbane hiking store that was relocating and we were checking it out because we want to get into hiking.

The main reason for this is that we are trying to put together a trip to South America next year... yes, we want to do the Inca Trek! It is a big trek, we know this, and to do it, both of us have to loose weight and get fit, very fit. At the moment we can do an hours walk no problem...if there are not too many hills. That is a huge diference to the 42 km or 26 mile trek in high altitude and we know it.

This is why the plan is so important. I have to loose more weight so that I am capable to do the trek.

So there you go, I have said it out loud. I want to do the Inca Trail trek in August / September 2014. And I am not letting myself stop me!

And so tomorrow is the first of my weigh ins that I have done for a while. I know I am up stightly from the last time I logged, but I am okay with that, because I am never going to be there again.

Very simply put, I need to start loosing weight and I need to keep loosing for some time.
This is what I am aiming for, I am thinking that I have kept the goals reasonable, and the time frames of every four weeks is manageable. I just have to add my offical start weight tomorrow morning! I think it will be around 112kg / 247lb. But I will need to wait and see as I am trying to stay away from the scale a bit so that I don't stress too much.

I also have worked on my meal planning a bit to cover lunches, tuna, egg and salad looks the go for this week, just something quick, easy and tasty in what I was thinking. But I will also be starting to plan dinners as well, so that I have a plan ready to go and I can get the shopping sorted out and not have to worry about what to do each night. This will also assist with budgeting so that I can actually pay for this big trip :p

Obviously, time will tell on how this goes, but if I don't try, then I won't get there. And this is what I have to keep me going...

I will keep you updated, thanks for so much of your comments. I love them all!!!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Working on it

After my last post I have been doing a lot of thinking and I have come up with a plan of attack...

My Plan

Exercise - 30 minutes every day
Morning is best, I can get in the thirty minutes in the morning before work!

I need to just get up at 5:00am and go to the gym instead of reading or fiddling with games for an hour and a half!

If I do miss a session my back up plan is to either walk to the station if it is not raining or at the very least stretching and cardio at home - I have enough magazines to get a thirty minute workout plan going!!!

Sundays will still remain the day or the big walks with my friend from work.

RDO - besides gym session, also have a swimming session, search for a swimming workout so that you have something to work towards when you go!

Rest - need at least 7 hours very night

This means in bed asleep by 10pm and no staying up all night reading or playing!

Two litres every day without fail - you know you feel better with it

Food - the biggest challenge so far
~ After workout I need a piece of cheese or small piece of fruit
~ Coffee and yoghurt for breakfast
~ Lunch to be protein and vege everyday - need to take this as the sushi is not a healthy option and I tend to want to eat more after it.
~ Dinner needs to be healthy protein and vege again

~ Snacks to be limited to fruit or cheese or protein but no more than 100 calories!

These are to be limited to once a week. And only one meal!

How to combat this...
~ Work morning teas - there is usually fruit or vege sticks, so eat those only, if there isn't that option don't eat any thing, you do not need it and you want to get to goal!
~ Weekend outings with family or friends - unless it is the one meal a week, stick to a healthy protein and salad or vege, but stay away from excessive carbs.

Also need to limit this to once a week and only to two glasses.

How this will work - you can still go out, but it you want to drink you have to eat healthy, if you want to eat a free meal, drink water or no calorie drinks, if it is an event that you want the free meal and drinks, remember that there is only one a week, so don't plan more events. And if there are times when you need more than one event a week you need to earn those extra calories and get them in before the event so that you don't just skip over them!

Over all I need to:
Stay under 1200 calories a day, this includes free meals!
Get at least 7 hours sleep
Exercise at least 30 minutes EVERYDAY
Drink water all day; every day
Treats are not treats if you have them all the time - once a week is plenty!!

All basic stuff, but basic is what I need, too complicated and I am doomed to fail before I start. I think the hardest part is the daily exercise - just getting started is the hardest.

Do you know what I love to image though?

I love imaging that exercise is a regular part of my life, that I get up for a run in the morning, that I look forward to competing in a mud run, I really want to do one of those!!!

And that is what I have to think about in the mornings when I just want to hit the snooze button! What I need to do is this....

Stop dreaming, Start doing!!!

If I stick to my guns, I those dreams have a chance of becoming true and that is something to aim for!

I will keep you posted on how I go! And thanks for the prompt Deirdre, I think I was scared to post again, because I didn't have anything new to report, your comment got me thinking that I had made progress, I just haven't put it in place, but today was a start on it. And thank you to everyone else that commented.

It goes to show how important comments and support shown by others is for all of us to succeed, so I think I will go and offer some support of my own.