A week ago I admitted that the dryer didn’t shrink my jeans. With that realization, I decided I need to do a few things to check myself. Well, life happened, I left town and never really hopped on the ‘take action’ bandwagon.
This week is different. You guys, my jeans DON’T FIT. How did that happen? I’m still not hopping on the scale because I don’t need numbers to define my success, but it feels like a several pounds up. I just don’t like the way I feel in my body right now.
It’s not like my what I ate recaps aren’t true. During the week I’m pretty dang healthy. Maybe a little too much weekday wine, but didn’t you know I have a toddler?
My weekends, though, are out of control. Pizza, Mexican, breakfast out- nothing is off limits. So, I’ve devised a plan to clean it all up.
Eat Clean. Right now, for me, this includes focusing on whole foods and eliminating processed carbohydrates. Before anyone screams TOO RESTRICTIVE at me, let me define processed carbs- tortilla chips, pastas and breads (like pizza dough). I’m still embracing whole grains, like brown rice and quinoa, but right now I need a little reset. Some people go on sugar detoxes; well, I require bread detox! I’ll add them back in soon enough, but a week without pizza never killed anyone…. right?
Eliminate BLTs. That would be BITES, LICKS and TASTES. As a mom, I’ve found myself in the all-too-familiar territory of eating when Hailey eats, even if I’m not hungry. If she doesn’t finish a meal, I’ll finish it for her. It’s gotten to where I don’t even notice it. Last night I went to snag a bite or two of her macaroni and peas, even though my dinner was up next. I stopped myself and it made me take note that I probably do this more often than I realize.
Drink Water. I used to be great at this, but it’s fallen by the wayside. I’m planning on filling my oversized bottle from the hospital when I had Hailey every morning. I want to drink at least two of those a day, which isn’t too hard when I just remember to do it.
Replace Coffee with Tea. I’m not a big coffee drinker. The caffeine makes me shaky and my heart flutter. Also, if I’m not diligent on drinking water, I feel coffee’s diuretic effects. Tea is much gentler on me.
Drink Apple Cider Vinegar Daily. For allergies, for blood sugar control and for all the reasons listed here.
Be Consistent with Exercise. For me, this means 4 days at the gym, but extra kudos if I hit 5 days. I am not setting up a specific plan I must stick to, but right now I’m aiming for something similar to this-
run 2-3 miles
run 2-3 miles
run 2-3 miles
back and abs
*Please note I’m not a professional trainer, so this is just a setup I feel will work for me based on my own experience
At Least 8 Hours of Sleep. Sometimes I get in a bad habit of playing on my phone when I should be going to sleep. I need to make sure it’s lights and electronics out at 10pm, so I’m well rested by my 6am wake up call.
So, that’s the plan! I started yesterday and dare I say I feel better already? It’s most likely all mental at this point, but having a game plan that isn’t too restrictive makes me feel empowered and excited to whip myself back into better shape!
What is your go-to tip when you need a reset?