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Dropping the Baggage

Last week, I shared that I am finally succeeding in my quest to lose some weight. I also acknowledged that I got a little off track during September and October. In particular, my workout routine was completely derailed.

To continue making progress towards my weight loss and fitness goals, it’s important for me to have a plan. So here’s my plan  🙂

Eating

  • I am using MyFitnessPal, primarily on my iPhone, to track my meals and calorie intake each day. I switched from SparkPeople in August, right after we returned from California. I like it a lot, and it seems to be working better for me so far.
  • For my meal planning, I’m trying to follow a 300-400-500 plan: 300 calorie breakfast, 400 calorie lunch, and 500 calorie dinner (I will include about 100 to 200 calories in snacks). I was pleasantly surprised to see others following this same concept.
  • For better or worse, I will be sticking to frozen entrees for lunch, a la Lean Cuisine. It’s not the perfectly healthy thing to do, but I need to get my eating habits under control. For convenience sake, I get into ruts where I bring the exact same lunch to work day after day. It doesn’t take long for me to get sick of whatever I’m bringing, and I resort to buying lunch on campus. It’s not only difficult to find healthy options on campus, but it gets mighty pricey. The frozen meals, along with a piece of fruit, help me with portion control and allow for some variety. It’s also easy, which I need these days.

Working Out

  • Cardio: Three days a week, two on the elliptical and a 2-3 mile run on the weekends.
  • Toning: One day a week. I’m back on the Booty Barre.
  • Yoga: Two days a week. I am doing Yoga for Athletes, which is no joke.

I weigh myself on Monday and Thursday mornings. The scale is not for everyone, but it works for me – just as calorie counting isn’t for everyone, but it’s a major strategy that has helped me in the past and is helping me now.

So there’s my plan. I will be checking in on my progress regularly. Hope you stick with me through my journey!

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