This month I am going to start a new plan, I still don’t know exactly what I want to do, but I have a few ideas. First the diet has to change, because something isn’t quite right or I would be losing a lot more weight than I have been the past month.
I went through my old food log from when I lost weight more successfully and what I see is that I was eating a lot of carbs and very low fat. So I think that’s the direction that I want to go now. Here’s a short list of some of the common things I ate day to day… cereal w/ FF milk, LF popcorn, sandwiches w/ lunch meat, granola bars, FF cottage cheese w/ toast, FF yogurt, salads no dressing, and the only meats I ate were chicken & tuna. I’d eat veggies with my dinners also and those were all kinds. The list of foods I was eating wasn’t extensive, so I need to re-learn to be ok with the same foods everyday. I think that I’m ready though because I have gotton to the point where I don’t really think anything tastes all that great anymore. For example DH order pizza last night after work and I ate a slice- I didn’t even like it! I would normally drool over take out pizza, not last night, I had no problem putting it down.
Next is the exercise, I want to make a few changes to my work out plan. I aim to do cardio everyday now, at least one hour every other day and half an hour on the other days. I’m also going to change up my strength training routine, I want to strength train every other day- probably on the days when I only do half hour of cardio. I’m also going to be more careful to not lift so much, I have heard that to tone the idea is fast repititions at lower than maxium weights. So I am going to start trying this method this month. I also want to go swimming in the pool at the gym more often. I really like swimming, but it just takes so long to change before and after, then add in the wet hair and cold weather. I have been avoiding it just because of the hassle. But, my plan is to swim at least twice a week so that I can get all those hard to reach muscles worked out while getting in some cardio.
I think that salt and meat may be an issue in why I’m not losing as fast. I have been eating a lot more protien/ meat than normal because people have told me that you need it after strength training and I think that my body doesn’t like this. I have noticed that I am not going number two as much either, even though I am drinking a gallon of water a day. I thought water was supposed to keep things moving down there? So I am going to eat less meat and more veggies and still drink my water every day. Before I drank a ton of diet soda and now I am only drinking water, I don’t know if this is making a difference or not- as I have always heard that diet soda can inhibit weight loss, so that’s why I stopped drinking it. We’ll see, if after all the changes I’m making this month I still don’t lose more, I will go back to diet soda.
I have noticed that with DH working so much, when I’m not at the gym or running errand, I don’t do too much other than clean the house. I think I am going to start walking at night again. I used to go for a walk around the neighborhood, maybe 30-40 minutes, and now I don’t do that. I’m also not working right now, so those extra calories aren’t getting burn from daily activity either.
Summary of Changes:
Eat less meat and more veggies and carbs.
Eat less salt.
Swim twice a week.
Fast repetition strength training every other day.
New cardio schedule- 1 hour then half hour rotating daily.
Begin walking 5 nights a week, while DH is at work.
So that’s my new plan, I’m going to need help sticking to this and really making sure that I push myself. My goal is to lose 13 pounds this month, which is 3 pounds a week. Goal for weekly weigh in is 160! Wish me luck and I KNOW I CAN DO THIS IF I PUT MY HEART INTO IT!!!