This year, I'm not going to do an extreme program that was fun for the fast weight loss but not sustainable for the long haul. No weight loss company has come to my rescue and offered me an endorsement program (darn it), so I am on my own-which is probably how it should be for long lasting results anyway. This year I try something "new"...a "crazy" concept called, wait for it...
Eat Less, Exercise More
I know...it's nuts right? no pills? no drops? no deprivation? no thousands of dollars spent on special foods and supplements, nor wasted gym memberships... Can it be that simple? I don't know! but it's the one thing I haven't really embraced yet so it's worth a shot. It's not sexy, it's not fast and it's a change I'll have to make for the rest of my life. BUT, my hypothesis is I will look and feel better, no longer say awful things to the mirror, stop tugging at my ill-fitting clothes and get on with enjoying life...FINALLY!
Because my program is long term and "not exciting" by design, I had to come up with at least a fun name for it. Ready? I'm calling it
"Bloated to Bikini in 12 weeks"
Mental: I know I can do this, but I also know that I give up too easy when tired, frustrated or the negative tape starts running in my head. For me the mental battle is always harder than the physical battle. Like when I quit smoking, I'll have to take on each moment one at a time to succeed.
Physical: I actually love to exercise, so this part will be fun! I have Debbie Sieber's Slim in 6 DVD program (thanks to Robin www.trainingwithpassion.com for letting me borrow) http://www.beachbody.com/
I also have several Lesile Sansone Walk At Home Dvd's http://www.lesliesansone.com/ and a few misc. Pilate's, yoga and other exercise videos available to keep from getting bored. I also use the On Demand workouts from Comcast to rev me up
Food: if I'm organized and plan ahead, I have a much easier time sticking to a program and eating right. My goal is to always have some ready to go, eat on a schedule and stop munching while in front of the TV. I'm going to use my favorite recipes and tricks from the different plans I've been ion a tweak as necessary. I am also learning about Carb Cycling http://www.amazon.com/Choose-Lose-7-Day-Cycle-Solution/dp/1401324452 this is the book I read, but I haven't implemented it yet.
Today is Day 1, it's nice out, so off for a 2 mile walk and healthy lunch with my Goddesses!