This really has been a summer of LOVE! If you are a regular reader you know what I mean. If you are not and you are curious, have a look to your left and read the post titled, Summer of Love.
Have you ever noticed that along with falling in love comes a few extra pounds? I have seen it and experienced it. I won't go into the reasons why this happens because what I really want to get into is how I plan to get rid of it and get back to a better, healthier me.
Today is exactly four weeks until my wedding day. That is just enough time to lose a few pounds and shape things up a bit, I have been formulating this plan for days in my head and am finally ready to execute and share it with you. This is a three pronged approach because for me, fitness translates into wellness. Fitness has to have a deeper meaning for me than just looking good, I am just not motivated enough by vanity. And when that is my sole motivation I tend to subconsciously sabotage my own chances of success because I don't feel good about myself.
So I have a plan and it has three parts; diet, exercise, and better self care. Clearly I am not trying to reinvent the wheel here, it's pretty straight forward.
It all comes down to stick-to-it-ivness!
In today's post I am telling you all about how I am going to revitalize my diet situation. Check back tomorrow to hear about how I am getting after a new fitness routine (which I started today and couldn't be more stoked about). And check back the day after that to hear how I am improving my daily practices of self care and stress relief, who knows, you might learn something new!
Being in a relationship with an incredibly talented chef who has a wide appreciation for food and wine, has only amplified my own appreciation for those things. This has been a lot of fun, but has led to the formation of a few bad habits. In an effort to get back on a healthy track and burn some fat, here is the plan:
For 5-6 days out of each week I intend to avoid the following; processed foods, sugars, alcohol, excess fats. This means lots of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, lean proteins and good fats, all in the right amounts. Precision Nutrition offers a great way to keep tabs on calorie intake without the hassle of counting. The cliff notes version is this: (for women) eat one palm sized portion of protein with each meal, one fist sized portion of veggies at each meal, if carbohydrates are included limit it to one cupped -hand size portion, and for fats limit it to one thumb size portion. The article is really fantastic and no nonsense, click here to check it out. I am going to allow myself to indulge reasonably 1-2 days per week. This way I have a bargaining chip for those moments when the cookies and the red wine are really REALLY calling my name.
In addition to these smart and healthy diet changes I will be doing a little something you may have heard of called Intermittent Fasting. This is a short, 18-24hr fast that I enjoy weekly for it's health benefits. Fasting for 24 hours gives your digestive system a chance to do some much needed "house cleaning". While it is having a break from the daily grind so to speak, of digesting our foods, it very effectively cleans itself out. It is a short enough time period that your body never enters a state of emergency or thinks it is being starved. When the body senses an emergency, it slows down in an attempt to conserve the energy that currently has. So, prolonged fasting and extreme calorie restriction will actually negate fat loss, don't do it. In other words, when it is undernourished the body holds on to its energy (fat) stores because it can't predict when it might be nourished again. I use simple supplements to nourish my body but allow the detoxification process to take place. I usually purchase one green Kombucha, one Chia Seed Kombucha and I keep some almond milk on hand to keep my blood sugar levels in check so that I can maintain my focus and energy at work. Sometimes the fast doesn't feel good, sometimes I feel really lethargic and yucky, that's when I end up feeling really good the next day. My theory is that when it feels the worst, I am detoxing the most and I always feel a lot amazing the next day!
Here is an interesting fact you may not have known, this fasting practice in Ayruveda. And John Berardi of Precision Nutrition has done some extensive self experimentation with this practice, if you are interested in finding out what he has learned click here.
Having a goal certainly helps to motivate us to make positive changes. In 30 days I plan to be in a little better shape than I am today and a few pounds lighter. But the real accomplishment is that I will be breaking old habits and establishing new ones. Yup, time to reset!
Remember to check back tomorrow to hear about my fitness plan of attack!!!