This is a follow up to the previous post "Matching body positive with losing weight"
if you would like to get further context for this I would suggest reading that one first :)
I have a goal to get moving this summer, get smaller so moving is easier and get my energy and mood up. I am currently about 20 lbs away from two activities I would like to try before the summer is out: zip lines and the revelstoke mountain roller-coaster (both activities have a weight restriction). AND I WANT TO GET DOWN BOTH!!!!
So I have crafted a plan that honours all of those intentions with some concrete SMART goals. (specific, attainable, measurable, realistic, and time sensitive.) Setting a clear defined goal ups the chances of succeeding and will give me definite measurable's to go by.
My husband and I are doing it together, which in some ways makes it easier as I have an accountability to him. That also creates team and support. I will also acknowledge that that adds the challenge of coordinating everything together and what we will do on days where we are apart. So together we set the same goals and will support each other to succeed even on busy days and when we are not doing it together.
First up is the activity goal:
For an activity we have made a modest goal of a minimum of 8000 steps a day for 30 days (starting may 25) Although this is far better than we have been doing for the past few months, I say modest as last summer is was a 10000 step goals and we often surpassed it. So that being said surpassing it will be a bonus but we focused on realistic and attainable for this one, its a big jump from our current activity and we still have a lot of desk work to get done but it is realistic as we can fit those steps into a pretty average day. We also think this a sustainable number even when we get really busy.
Food is the other part of the equation, in general I have been eating a lot of fast food breakfasts, pizza, fried foods and very little fruit and veggies. And the result is bad mood, low energy and 10 extra lbs. So in order to counter those 3 things I have got to add nutrients back into my diet. I am going to eat a lower calorie diet but this diet is not based on calorie restriction, its about eating foods that balance your blood sugar, reduce cravings, are filling and fully nutritious. Naturally cutting fast food and pizza out will be a calorie restriction all on its own but beyond that I am not worried about that.
So here is the goal: 30 days starting May 25 I will be participating in a meal plan, no pop, chips, candy or cake/muffins/pastries etc as well as no fast food or eating out for convenience. The reason that last part is attainable and realistic is my husband and I are both off of work right now and have lots of time to focus on food prep, also we are going with an outside plan that defines the meals for us.
We have gone with a plan from Authority Nutrition , a website dedicated to healthy eating, they also have many articles available that upon first inspection look to be a little fat shaming but as I read them the science and message matches much about what I have been learning.
They offer a weekly mean plan with recipes and a shopping list. It is high in protein and focuses on healthy carbs, is meant to break food addictions and help with the transition away from simple carbs and sugars. This means no bread and no added sugar. (healthy carbs being whole grains like quinoa, oatmeal and brown rice as well as fruit, starchy veggies like potatoes and squash and beans) So far the meals are delicious, easy to make and the ingredients are simple. We seem to be able to do it on our current food budget which is $100 a week for the 2 of us (although we are adding a little because we will not be eating out.)
We have made an agreement to do this for one month and re assess.
The meal plans come weekly and it is a subscription service for $10 a month. I am not a paid promoter, just a customer and so far I really like this product. Taking a lot of the thinking out of it is helpful. The meals themselves are varied, there are snacks, and easy substitutions are available. I will follow up at the end of the month with the review as we are only 2 days into it.
So here we go again, starting something new and making an effort to change, backed by 2 smart goals for the next 30 days.
This is a lifelong process, a lifetime of choices. Some days will be amazing and some days maybe not.
But I will love myself no matter what and I want to have energy and live a long life full of mobility and adventure!
there are facts and then there are emotions. This is as honest as I can be about my struggles and triumphs.