I have managed to knock out lots of big items on my action plan, and I'm starting to see some results. I have already lost two pounds since starting August 15th. I have been trying to take walks when I can including one to see the shrimp lady (she sells shrimp around the corner from my house), one to the drug store and one with the husband around the neighborhood. I cancelled my gym membership, bought a scale, got my heart rate monitor fixed up with new batteries and finished my food diary. The next big challenge was to see what activities might be fun and calorie burning.
I already know I like walking, roller blading, and riding my bike. It will inevitablly rain in New Orleans to stop me from those things, so I pondered what else might work. I found a commenter's tip super helpful and added two different dance workouts to my Netflix cue. I tried the first one, and it is a serious workout. I am notoriously awkward and a bit clumsy, so I waited til the husband was away on a trip and then just had fun with it. I will be doing this again for sure, especially if it's raining.
I also got online and made a list of dance studios and gyms that offer group classes. I am most eager to try a Barre class that combines working out with ballet moves. I am not a ballerina but that doesn't stop me from dreaming. I took a class in college and have never had fewer problems with my knees. If that goes well, I am thinking about both belly dancing, pole dancing, and possibly even an burlesque class. I basically went for ideas that burned calories, sounded fun, and were liberating. If I can pole dance with strangers, then I have be to confident, right? I also think it might be a great way to meet some new people around town.
I have also started to set small goals for myself like losing one pound a week (so far, so good). I will update more about that next week and hopefully have an idea of what times and how many times I can feasibly be active in a week. Thanks for your support guys!