If I’m going to have a fitness blog and talk about ways to be “healthy” then I have to hold myself accountable to the things I say. I can’t sit here and tell you to eat right and exercise if I’m not even doing it myself. So, let me start with a confession. Here it goes: I’ve gained 10 lbs since the beginning of December. Phew….I feel better. :)
Right now you’re probably freaking out and having a fit. Throwing things at the computer screen and crying like a baby. Ok maybe not but I’m sure in some small way you’re disappointed and to be honest, so am I. Yes, there are reasons for the weight gain: A busted ankle, the holidays, not being able to hit the gym, but manly it was laziness. I didn’t set out on this journey a year and a half ago to end up right back where I started. Some might say it’s only 10 lbs, what’s the big deal? Well 10 lbs can turn into 20..30…60…85. And let me be completely 100% honest, THAT AINT HAPPENIN FOLKS. The skinnier, healthier, more confident Lyell is here to stay.
My goal weight is 225 lbs and right now I’m sitting at 250, leaving only 25 lbs to go. That’s nothing! I’m tired of waiting for the last remaining pounds to just magically fall off my body. If there is one thing I’ve learned throughout this process is that you WILL NOT lose weight without diet and exercise…I mean unless you have a tape worm.
The plan is simple.
- Cut my calories back to about 1500 a day,
- Eat 5-6 times a day,
- Cardio sessions 3 times a week, 3 full body work outs at the gym
- Drink coffee in the morning, water all day and caffeine free green tea right before bed.
Now, depending on how much cardio I can fit in, a weight loss of 3-4 pounds a week is attainable. So it should take approximately 6-8 weeks to lose it all. This isn’t a “starve myself till I lose the weight” diet. I want to get as much protein, fiber and veggies in me each day as possible. If I’m going to reduce my calories, I have to make sure what I eat is designed to stimulate my metabolism not hurt it.
So who’s with me? What I need is accountability. Will power can only take you so far and sometimes you need that extra support to get over the hump. I’d love to have some “partners” to help keep me accountable.What better way to start off the year than with a two month butt kicking, fat burning, confidence boosting diet? There’s no better time than now!