So lately I have been not feeling the best about myself. You see, when I had my son in November of 06′ everyone was always saying “Oh my gosh, how did you lose the weight so fast?”. Well the truth was, I didn’t do anything, it just fell off. I have never been a lazy person, but I have also never been the type of person to count calories or exercise. I just took it for granted that I didn’t gain weight no matter what I ate. Now part of this was because when I was struggling with drug addiction I never weighed more than 100 lbs to begin with, and honestly I hated it. At first it was great because I went from a size 5/7 to a size 00 in no time at all. Obviously this was because of the amount of drugs I was consuming, and it was not healthy, I even stopped getting my period eventually because my body weight had dropped to such an unhealthy level. I hated the way I look just as much as if I had been obese. My bones jutted out of my body and my cheeks were sunken and sallow looking. So when I got pregnant for my second child, my daughter, I made a vow to get healthy again and back to a normal weight for my body (I am only 5’2, however, before I ever used drugs, I ALWAYS had a tiny waste and bigger hips, thighs and a “ghetto-booty”, a la J-LO…Most of the time I loved it because it caught the attention of the boys. So when I found out I was pregnant for my daughter in january 2009, I was put on the Methadone Program, which a whole other story that you can read by clicking “Confessions of a Junkie” at the top of the page. So I was drug free throughout my pregnancy, and still am to this day, which has been just amazing. I feel so much better and wake up looking forward to every day. I am a better person and a better mother. There is only ONE thing that I want to change. You see, one of the effects of quitting drugs and being on methadone is weight gain. Combine that with the birth of my second child, and needless to say, I have put on more than a few extra pounds. I am currently at my heaviest ever. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my body and I am happy that I gained back some weight, however, I am NOT happy with the love handles and the extra tummy bulge I now carry around. I am now wearing a size 9 to 11 pants. So I have decided that it is time to do something about it.
I recently mentioned to my hubs that I wanted to start working out and eating better, to try to shed some extra inches and pounds. He surprised me with some workout gear, he gave me a resistance band, walking weights, ankle and wrist weights and a cute workout outfit. Now I know most of you would kill your man if he randomly bought you weight loss products, however, I repeatedly bugged for them, so that is why he got them for me. So now I am geared up for weight loss. My hubby also wants to get into shape, and he recently purchased a wight set, so I will be borrowing those too. So now that I have a live-in workout buddy, the next step was to do some research and develop a fitness and diet plan that would work for ME. After browsing MANY website, many of which required a credit card, I finally stumbled upon one that I think is going to really help keep me motivated and assist me in reaching my fitness goals. I joined www.SparkPeople.com, a FREE (Seriously, no catch) website that allows you to develop a customized fitness and diet plan that is tailored to you, it is 100% personalized by you. They provide so many awesome tools, including a fitness page that tracks your exercise routine, goals, calories burned, allows you to add/remove exercises/cardio, watch fitness videos and much more. Then there is a Nutrition page..This page allows you to create and track your meal plan, by choosing and logging the foods you eat from their VAST database (Seriously, EVERY food is there, right down to specific brands…I even found my guilty pleasure Post Honeycomb Cereal!! “, It tracks your calories eaten, carbs, fat and you can also set it to track other nutrients…It has a fruit/veggie and glass of water counter, it tracks your daily and weekly progress, and lets you post notes and print your meal plan and grocery list. On top of those amazing tools there are countless other tools to help you stay on track and get motivated, including groups to join, challenges, trophies to earn when you reach different goals (i e: 30 minutes of cardio per day streaks, lbs lost, pant sizes dropped, and tons more trophies). There are tons and tons of articles and videos to browse through including workout/exercise and fitness, motivational, inspirational and many more topics. It also allows you to add friends, create a blog or Vlog of your journey, add friends, update your status and other interactive tools. You can also browse through tons of success stories and before/after photos, along with a page to track personal appointments, keep a journal, track other personal goals, and so much more. Also be sure to check out the huge SparkRecipe database, the Health Condition database and the huge, the Healthy Lifestyle section, and the friendly and oh-so-inspirational Spark Community. And don’t forget to check out the SparkStore for workout gear, books and much more!I am pumped up and determined to stick with this and generate REAL RESULTS.
So here is an overview of my fitness goals and plans. My main fitness goal is to lose 20 lbs by June 1st/2011, in time for bikini season of course. I also have other smaller goals such as:
– Drink 8 glasses of water per day.
– Stop the nighttime overeating of unhealthy foods when I am bored, lonely, etc.
– Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night (No more late night WordPress)
– Cut back and Eventually QUIT smoking cigarettes, however that is a long term goal, as I dont want to put to much pressure on myself.
– Get at least a half hour of fresh air outside per day.
So in order to achieve these goals I have chosen to follow a fitness regime that includes:
-30 minutes of exercise 3 days per week, including light strength training (3lb weights) and use of a resistance band and exercise ball (Mon, Wed, and Fri)
-30 minutes of cardio three days per week (Mon, Wed, and Fri) including walking briskly, hiphop dancing, Spark Kickboxing, and whatever other cardio I can squeeze in.
As for my nutrition/diet plan, I am not following a set in stone diet, instead I am shooting to eat healthy balanced meals that included lots of fresh fruit and veggies and lean protein. I am aiming to stay within 1200-1500 calories per day, 130-250 of that being carbs and under 50 grams of fat per day. I am starting small because my eating habits are truly horrible so my main goal is to find a diet plan that works for me, gives me enough energy to chase my children and keep up my exercise yet keeps my satisfied and not deprived. I also aim to cut down on all junk food and trans fats and drink lots of water. I also aim to try to get proper 8 hrs of sleep a night too, as I am on a nocturnal sleep schedule.
So in order to keep myself motivated and hopefully motivate some other people I am going to track my progress not only on SparkPeople but also here on my blog. I also challenge anyone who reads this to check out it out and reevaluate your OWN fitness goals. It is the perfect time to get in shape for summer. Subscribe to my blog now to follow me on my journey to a new me and join me on SparkPeople to change your body too!!
PS- I WILL BE POSTING BEFORE PICS AND MEASUREMENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.
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