Prioritizing your health only happens when you’re ready. I mean, really ready. I’ve started, and quickly ended, many diets, workouts, and routines because I was never really ready to begin them in the first place. I finally feel ready. I know this is a lifestyle adjustment, and ultimately I’ve narrowed it down to three things I must do to be successful: meal plan, start small & have accountability.
I believe the saying “abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym”. I know that 90% of my “weight problem” is caused by poor eating habits, not lack of exercise. But with work, a one year old, and a life (kind of…), a home cooked meal is sometimes hard to come by. Plus, I’m a social eater. I like to meet my friends for dinner & drinks or brunch. I love eating out with my coworkers and catching up on life outside the office. Eating out isn’t always about the food, it’s about the company.
But I know to be successful at my weight loss goals, I need to start making my meals. I love that my Day Designer has on its Sunday page a section for “Next Week” with a little box for each day of the upcoming week. In here, I put our dinner plans for the week which ultimately dictates our shopping list.
I’ve found that by taking the 15 minutes to not just think about what you can make, but how meal prep will fit into your day (do you have 15 minutes to prep or an hour when you get home?) can make a HUGE difference.
This week, because we’re just getting started, is pretty low key.
Lean Cuisine for lunch. Lame for sure, but it’s easy & mindless with zero preparation.
“Dump Meals” for dinner. Despite the unfortunate name, these are the BEST when you know you’ll have a crazy week. Since we just had 2 weeks away from the office, I know this week will likely be nuts as we get into the swing of things. For both Kyle & I. To make it easy, I prepared, IN ADVANCE, 4 Crockpot meals: Cilantro Lime Chicken, Asian Pork (recipe not online…yet!), Honey Garlic Chicken, and Thai Chicken Curry.
All these meals are healthy, in budget, and filling. I also stocked the fridge with fresh fruit to snack on throughout the day.
Preparing for the week ahead is a crucial step for a successful week.
On the workout front, I went back & forth about what to do. Should I join the gym? Should I start going to yoga or back to Pure Barre?
I decided to start the Bikini Body Guide by Kaya Itsines. It’s a 12 week program, with a few weeks of Pre-Training I did this December that takes about 30-45 minutes each day. All the workouts can be done at home so there’s really no excuse for not getting a workout in.
While the full price of BBG is pretty expensive ($50+!!) there are tons of workouts posted to Pinterest you can follow along on your own.
I have had several friends you either did the program or are currently doing it, and have all had great things to say about it. I know that with consistency and better eating habits, I’m sure I will see a difference!
Any one reading this doing BBG??? I’d love to hear your thoughts & follow your journey!
I’ve struggled with accountability, like many of you out there, for so many reasons. Life gets in the way. It’s embarrassing to put yourself out there – what if you fail?? – and uncomfortable to show yourself in a vulnerable state. Over the past few months I’ve been working on building my confidence to just put myself out there. Be who I want to be. Write what I want to write. In one of the books I just started (thanks to my husband for a great Christmas gift) called “Today Will be Different” there’s a passage that really resonated with me:
“I don’t mean to ruin the ending for you, sweet child, but life is one long headwind. To make any kind of impact requires self-will bordering on madness. The world will be hostile, it will be suspicious of your intent, it will misinterpret you, it will inject you with doubt, it will flatter you into self-sabotage….But you have a vision. You put a frame around it. You sign your name anyway. That’s the risk. That’s the leap. That’s the madness: thinking anyone’s going to care.”
Did I mention, this was a great book???
I’m going to blog. I’m going to post my progress, or lack there of, on my Instagram (and maybe I can figure out the whole Instagram stories while I’m at it???). I’m going to post recipes & workouts on my Pinterest.
Will you all care? Will you misinterpret me? Will you be suspicious of my intent?
I’m taking the risk. Taking the leap. It’s a new year and a new day, and I’m excited for you all to follow along!