From kindergarten til now, I have dedicated my summers to something. When I graduated high school, I went straight on through college, and immediately started teaching at the age of 21, I have always had summers off. (Very lucky, I know. I get told that all the time!) By August, I have had to either go back to classes or back to work. I have never known what it feels like to not do.Twenty seven years later…..I am in the same situation.
(This is my vision board when I was living in Utah in 2005. I got the idea from a Oprah Winfrey episode on things to do to achieve goals. I made it to remind me of all the fun things I like to do and to remind me of all the friends and family around me. Usually a vision board is for goals you have. Mike and I have one in our second bedroom. I’ll put it in a future post. )
When I was in college, I dedicated my summers to traveling. I went and worked in Orlando for a summer at Walt Disney World. I went to Utah and spent a summer at Brigham Young University learning the college life on campus. I went on four different cruises to different tropical places. I dedicated summers to dating right. Other summers to educating myself. So many different things!
Starting Memorial Day Weekend, I made a pact to myself that I was going to make this the “summer of fitness”. I have been addicted to working out since about 2004, when I started taking group fitness classes. I slipped down to my lowest weight and felt great. I was especially excited when I found Les Mills’ Body Pump class and started to build muscle and tone out. I have been interested in eating right and have bought almost every Fitness, Shape, Cooking Light, and Self magazines as the years have passed on.
This year was a very disappointing year on my body. The stress from my job took a toll on me. I gained almost 15 pounds from August until May. I even went as far as going to my doctor about it. I am an avid mountain biker and still raced, and was even getting faster on the bike! Why was this happening to me?? With a lot of research and discussion, I concluded the weight gain to two things. 1. Stress. 2.Eating Right.
(Before And After)
I can go on and on about how I concluded this, but I will spare the details. So instead, I am going to explain how I am going to get myself back to a “comfortable” physique. I am not going based on weight, I am going by how I felt. Being thirty, I have to be realistic that age plays a role, but I am also going to not let it hold me back. I still want to be healthy. My goal is to feel “confident” by the end of the summer. A confidence where I am not embarrassed to sit down and not use my purse to cover my stomach. A confidence where I am not embarrassed to wear a short sleeve shirt, because I am afraid to show off my arms. A confidence where I can stop complaining every second I put my clothes on.
Here is the game plan. A successful way to diet and exercise is to keep a journal, therefore I will be keeping a journal on this blog through posts:
1. Two a Day Workouts. It doesn’t mean I go to the gym twice a day. It means I complete at least two workouts a day.
2, Food Journal. Keep a list of foods and meals eaten. Keep healthy meals on hand. Watch portioning.
3. Make life more fun. Since stress is such a big factor in my life and physically makes me sick, I am going to work on at least one thing a day to relax my body.
4. Organize my life. When I am organized, things are so much happier around my house. I love organizing and consider it a huge impact on my success in teaching, as well as my success personally.
So here it goes guys. I send this out into the cyber world! I will get back to you daily on one of these four subjects, or on all four of these subjects. Wish me luck. See you in August!