It seems that less and less of my favorite closet friends are fitting properly and rather than just whine, I want to create a plan to lose weight. It needs to be flexible enough to allow for me to go do something on a whim with the husband and friends. I think that setting a goal to be active 2-3 times per week should allow me that flexibility. I feel like keeping track helps me stay motivated, so I want to record the time and the date in my phone on that same note I have been using to track my weight.
I need to decide what type of activity I am aiming for. Ideally, 650 calorie work outs at the gym would help me get on track quickly, but I don't know that I want to keep my membership anymore. I feel like I'm failing a little bit if I give up that membership, but wasted money isn't helping anybody. I could buy a scale for much less and ride my bike or walk or skate with friends. I will miss the feeling of accomplishment I see when I work out and burn lots of calories, but I think it's possible to track that information with my heart rate monitor. I bought it for a reason, so I might as well wear it.
Night time seems to be the most opportune for me to get workouts in, but daylight savings time will end soon enough. I think I need to try getting up earlier and working out at night. I also need to figure out what else besides outside activities will help me burn calories. Melissa (A Working Mom's Closet) suggested workout DVDs, so I think I need to hit up the library to see what they have available. I also want to check out some classes that I can take with friends, like a new ballet based exercise that's available in NOLA and a pole dancing workout recommended by a friend.
I also need to conquer my problems with food. I get way too overindulgent lately rather than just enjoy a little bit of what I want. I think bringing my lunch helped and so did shopping with my husband for our weekly food. I don't want to write down what I eat every day, but it seems like making a list for at least one week will be helpful. I think it might also help to figure out what healthy items I really like to eat and make sure that I have those items stocked in the house.
So here's my action items for the next week or so to try and jump start my goal for a healthy weight (and to fit back into my stuff):
- End my gym membership
- Get a new battery put in my heart rate monitor watch
- Create a list of activities that I can try out
- Figure out a few times a week that make sense for my workout
- See what, if any, workout DVDs are available at my library
- Keep a food diary for one week
- Make a list of classes that are available in the area
- Buy a scale for my house
- Make a list of healthy snacks that I can refer to when grocery shopping
- Keep an updated list of when I work out and what I do