confession: the holidays completely kicked my butt.
i would say on a good day i was doing 50/50 and on more days i was doing 20/80. yuck. and i was absolutely floored when i stepped on the scale last night and weighed about 10 pounds more than i was expecting. and i had already figured i was about 15 pounds over my healthy weight. i know you're thinking, 10 pounds? what's the big deal? but add that to 15, and you've got 25 pounds. and for all of us normal women, we know how hard it is to get rid of 25 pounds.
my friend Danielle is awesome. and she and a group of gals were already planning to shed some of their extra fluff this new year, and asked if anyone else wanted to join in. well i did, obviously. the best part? we each put in $10 and the winner [highest percentage of weight lost] gets all the cash. is that not super motivating or what?
so that's what i'm doing when you see #alittletoofluffy on twitter or instagram.
to win the cash, i'll be doing no white sugar and no white flour. more veggies, less meat. essentially, processed food is out, and i have to be really intentional about what i'm doing for every single meal. i'll be doing insanity to work out. now, that isn't saying much, since it's the third time this year that i've started it, but i'm really motivated to finish this time. it's 60 days. i can do that, right?
well, i have zero tips on working out, because i have never been able to get in a routine, but i do know a bit about eating. so here ya go:
1 | PLAN AND PREPARE. i literally cannot stress this one enough, though the bold and all caps might have helped. for those times when i'm hungry, busy, bored, etc, it helps so much to have things already made, or ideas written out where i can see them. that way i'm not grabbing the first thing i see, the easiest thing to prepare, or what i just feel like having [see #2].
i'm in the process of writing out a big list to put on my refrigerator to give me ideas when i'm stumped or just don't feel like using my brain. it reminds me of what i absolutely cannot touch, and then the yummy things i can have. i broke it up into mealtimes and meal ideas to make it even simpler. it's not the prettiest thing but it'll serve its purpose just fine:
then in my refrigerator, i have three portioned-out containers with quinoa, some already-baked sweet potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, a container of chopped cucumber and another one with chopped onion. they're just ready to go when i want to throw something together. i'll be making some chili, a veggie soup, and probably a few other things [maybe a bean salad?]
2| eliminate temptation: you guys, go through your pantry/freezer/fridge/secret stash, and THROW IT ALL OUT. seriously. throw it out, give it away, lock it up somewhere and give your husband the key. you will want it back, and you will be mad at yourself that you did this, but at least you'll have to get dressed, get the kids in the car, and go drive somewhere to get your fix. that's a lot of effort, so you'll most likely just go with carrots dipped in hummus, and that's a huge win! the biggest thing will be when you're at the store -- do not buy anything you don't want to be tempted by. just refuse to have it in your house.
3| keep a journal: even if you're not counting calories, which i'm not, it really does help to write down what you eat. it won't be a huge issue for me over the next few months since all that bad stuff up there is thrown out, but as a general idea it helps to know how many chocolate chips you just ate so you don't grab another handful two hours later. you know? i lose track of everything throughout the day and the hours just melt together. this is also a great way to feel good about yourself when the entire day is full of really awesome choices.
4| have some accountability: not to make you feel guilty, not to make you feel ashamed if you do eat a cupcake, but to make it fun! and to motivate you, and to kick your butt into gear when everyone else is getting their work out on and you're still rocking the baby to sleep because you're too lazy to get up. case in point:
5| give yourself grace: if it's going to be a lasting change, you can't make it miserable. by this, i mean: don't beat yourself up over every single mistake or "cheat". it will do you no good to look better in a couple months, but hate yourself for the times you messed up. it's a mindset and heart change, really. self-loathing never helped anyone accomplish anything. be positive and think about all the things you ARE doing.
do you have any other tips? please share! also, any working out tips are very welcome