Monday, January 02, 2017
Yeah, so I'd like to lose 50 pounds to get back to where I was 10 years ago, my most comfortable weight. Reasonably, taking off 30 pounds would bring me to a good BMI range. And I'm thinking instead of just simply losing weight, I'd like to gain muscle.
I've been on SP for a few years now, and I vacillate between being all-in and not doing anything at all. I get discouraged and give up. I'm hampered by the fatigue and the depression. I'm hampered by laziness, discouragement, and my love of Cheez-Its. I'm hampered by metabolic/endocrine problems and pain management. I have not made any progress in the last three or four years; I've actually gotten fatter. I have done Leslie Sansone workouts, Jillian Michaels workouts, and Crossfit workouts. I've gone gluten-free, done a month of paleo. I wear a Fitbit. I've counted every calorie. And I've given up on every single thing that I've tried.
It's not that I'm terribly unhealthy...the Dude and I eat mostly whole foods. Neither of us drink or smoke (although both of us vape). But we don't move much. We are zoning out in front of computers or televisions before and after work each day. There are snacks and desserts. Both of us struggle with depression and health issues. Both of us have stressful jobs. And we play off each others' issues.
What is it that I need to be more healthy? What sort of realistic changes can I make to increase my energy, look better and feel better?
1. Stop spending so much time zoning out in front of the computer. I use the computer to shut my brain off and numb myself way too much. It stops me from getting things done, like housework and exercise.
2. Seriously make an effort to get 30 minutes of exercise a day. I have weights and a mat, we have a treadmill, and I just purchased a home elliptical machine off Amazon.
3. Drink more water. I get three glasses worth with my morning green smoothie, and then I basically forget to drink anything the rest of the day.
4. Stop buying snacks/stop giving in to the late-night munchie attacks.
5. Be more mindful in avoiding wheat and sugar in my food.
6. Focus more on weight training. I need to be stronger.
7. Start ignoring that little voice that tells me to give up.
I'm going to start the fitness thing by doing a series of 30-day challenges from the Pop Sugar website. January's challenge is going to be the 30-day pushup challenge. It's something I can do that won't hurt my feel too badly. This morning I did Day 1, and then did 2 sets of 10 reps with 8-pound weights. Took about 15-20 minutes. It's not much, but it's a start. My goal is to be able to do 50 pushups by the beginning of February, and to be down 20 pounds by the end of March.
At this point I'll be happy to just see any results at all...