So... Biggest Blogging Loser. I've heard of it before from Arwen, but I'd never signed up before this time. I guess I figured I'm... too old. Too fat. Too... something.
Recently I saw a picture of a friend, who while never obese, had definitely lost a few pounds with a new exercise routine. And... quite frankly, I was shocked. She looked fabulous. Fit. Healthy. Younger than her years. And I know she's about my age.
I could look like that.
Well, maybe not like that. But I could be fit. And healthy. And not be exhausted every time I chase down Robbie.
When I saw the sign up this time, I jumped on it. It could be the kickstart I need to get myself moving, I thought. I could even lose a lot of weight. Or some. Or a few pounds. ANYTHING but this gradual climb into even bigger sizes that I am terrified of achieving.
I want to stand in a group and have my picture taken without thinking - oh, no, my face is so fat, my tummy is so fat, my... never mind that.
I want to live life the way I want to LIVE.
I want to have less of me to drag around. To be quite blunt, I could lose half my body weight, and still lose a few lbs. Not many at that point but a few. I'm short - 5'2 1/2" tall. And I want to stop carrying myself around (think about it - how much energy would you have if you had to carry the equivalent mass of your ideal weight around on your back all the time?).
I put off HOW I'm going to approach this until I got home from our Christmas travels, which was Wednesday night. Then I started reading all the tweets and blog posts from other participants. Many have PLANS. I didn't have a real plan yet, and I don't think I have one that is very detailed even now. I did find myself curious about the Whole30 plan so I read up on it. It looked good but not quite what I'm looking for at this point. I need easy changes that I can sustain for the long run, so I decided not to go with that. I'm not going to be running a 5K by April either - too much weight on me, too much of a change... this time. (Next time? maybe!)
Now that I've said what I'm not doing - what did I decide to do? Here's the "plan".
Follow K's diet (for the new to my blog - K is my husband of 24.6 years - another reason to lose weight since we're hoping to go on a trip for our 25th!).
K has diabetes and high blood pressure. He's not like me - he's very fit (runs 25+ miles/week), and it's just life that his pancreas decided to stop working so well. He controls his blood sugar with medication, exercise, and a very simple diet:
Half of the plate for each meal is vegetables. 1/4 is carbs, preferably healthier ones, and the other 1/4 is protein. He also gets 1-2 servings of fruit per day.
It's a good starting spot for me. I do well with routine, so I am planning breakfast/lunch meals for myself for the week, with 2-3 variations for each. I am already off most dairy, thanks to becoming lactose intolerant over the past few years. I'm going to reduce cheese/yogurt though.
Anything. 5 to 7 days a week. We have a family membership at the university gym and I like to walk there. I also used to like swimming laps. They have aqua zumba so I am going to see what that is about. And I'm going to try to do MORE each time than I think I can do.
I am always a bit dehydrated. I have spent the Christmas break weaning myself off of diet coke and diet dew and caffeine. I'm not worried about the caffeine but I wanted off the fake sugar. And if I'm drinking diet soda, I'm not drinking water. I need a lot more of it too!
I think that's about it for now. I don't know what will happen and I truly doubt I will win the challenge. But I'm going to try!