New year – time for resolutions, right? My family and I just returned from our first vacation in 7 years, and while I was thrilled to go away and spend some quality time with hubby and the brats, the photos are making me nauseous. I need to lose weight. No more excuses or justifications – I’m out of shape and overweight and it’s time to do something about it. Nothing like hanging around a pool in Cuba to give you a reality check! I’m going to Greece for a month this summer – so that’s my goal: to feel better about the way I look before July, and to be healthy enough that all the stairs in hilly Southern Greece aren’t going to kill me.
For years I’ve been saying I need to lose 20 pounds. Realistically, that number should be closer to 40. I’m inching into the “overweight” category on every weight chart I look at. For someone who was chronically underweight until I hit my 30s, this is a really big deal.
There are always so many valid reasons why we don’t take care of ourselves the way we should. For me it was lack of time and money. What that really meant was I was not prioritizing MYSELF, it was easier to say that I didn’t have time to do anything, than it actually was to do something. I no longer have that excuse. I’m a stay-at-home mom, with kids in school every day. I’ve got nothing but time – to exercise, to shop well, and to cook healthily, and that’s what I’m going to do. 40 pounds or a size 6. Whichever comes first. Full disclosure here – I’m 5’8″ and currently weigh 177 pounds. I was about 140 pounds and size 6 in my 30s, and that’s where I feel the best, and think I look my best. This isn’t just about vanity though, I’m in the worst shape I’ve ever been, totally UNfit. I want to be fit, strong and healthy. And if I look great too? Well, that’s just an added bonus!
I know I’ve mentioned Tosca Reno here before, I went off to the bookstore yesterday and picked up her new book The Start Here Diet. Read it last night, and it was exactly what I needed to put this all in perspective. With all due respect to the Tracey Andersons of the world, a dancer in her 20s isn’t the fitness mentor a woman in her 40s needs (not this woman, anyway!)
So, this week’s challenge is: drop my danger food from my diet. And that is? Chips and crackers. No more, for 7 days starting today. I also need to ensure that I eat meals and snacks every day, something I actually don’t do very well – like a lot of moms I feed my kids, but not myself. So this morning I had some whole grain sourdough toast with peanut butter and a banana. Might not be a big deal for most, but for me that’s a total win! And I just enjoyed some yummy homemade turkey rice soup. Dinner is flank steak with roasted red pepper salad.
Workouts for the next few weeks will be done at home – yoga, dumbbell and kettle bell exercises and walking. I want to improve my strength a bit before I hit the gym.
Wish me luck! Or better yet, join me.