First off, why do bridesmaid dresses take a minimum of 3 months to be shipped?! You can get almost anything else in the world shipped overnight, yet this one crucial item takes all of eternity to arrive. Can the people at Rent the Runway come up with a section for bridesmaid dresses of every color/size/style please?
Anyway, there’s no better motivation to whip your butt into shape in 45 days than a bridesmaid dress that won’t zip that you absolutely have to wear! I’m in a slight panic, there’s about an inch left to zip up without ripping the dress when Mike zips it, however, I think I can make it by the wedding. Leave it to me to leave losing 10-15 pounds to the last minute.
I totally understand the healthy way to lose weight at the rate of 2lbs a week involves eating right and exercising daily. I have a little under 7 weeks, which would put me at a healthy loss of 14lbs. Don’t take this the wrong way, I don’t consider myself overweight but I could do a lot to be leaner and more toned, and in that process, a healthy weight loss would ordinarily be a nice bonus. In this case, I’m going to have to make that nice bonus a reality so I can get my dress to zip!
Healthy Eating – I’m typically a balanced and healthy eater, avoiding most processed junk foods and sweets, drinking lots of water throughout the day, replacing sodas and juices with flavored seltzers, and eating 3 solid meals a day with some small snacks if I’m hungry in the afternoon. Lately, I’ve been working on my portion control and not stuffing myself to the gills. Sometimes a healthy eating plan is hard to stick to when I travel for work, but maybe I’ll cover how I do that in another post. My focus today is healthy eating for the next 7 weeks and the tweaks I’m going to make to my normal routine (or at least what I have planned for today).
Workouts – I never work out, as in, the last time I went to the gym was last summer when my best friend was literally dragging me to Pilates on Saturday & Sunday mornings. She finally gave up on me since I couldn’t work out at the same intensity that she could. I do walk to and from work on most days, which is a solid mile (20 minute walk) uphill both ways. (Yes, it’s uphill both ways, I have to walk over Beacon Hill. If you don’t believe me, come visit Boston and I will take you on my walk while you’re carrying my laptop/purse and lunch, which is a solid 10lbs, if you’ve never picked up my purse.) I also wear heels at work to keep my legs slightly toned… I know, pathetic…
Anyway, the most obvious change that has to be made is the (lack of) working out. Here’s what I did yesterday. I’m hoping that the act of writing this down will make me stick to this…
I’ve always had trouble with morning workouts, but I just don’t seem to have time in the evening to workout. The problem with early am sessions is that I have to eat before working out or else I get dizzy/nauseous and sometimes black out. It’s been a problem for as long as I remember. I have slowly tried earlier morning, non-intense workouts and seem to be able to get through them. So now I have to get myself up early!
Early Morning – Got up, ate a small banana and had a glass of water. Let that settle while I unloaded the dishwasher and washer/dryer, and made coffee for post-workout. After getting dressed, it took a few minutes to get the PS3 setup with my yoga dvd. This particular yoga dvd has a 5 day plan, so today was Day 1 (obviously). It was only 25 minutes and when it was over, I was actually feeling good and had some spare time and energy, so I rifled through the rest of my workout dvds and found my Belly, Butt, & Thighs dvd. Turned on the 10 minute Belly portion and got my heart rate up a little with a bonus ab workout.
Breakfast – Ate breakfast (I was feeling a little faint) which included 1cup of Kashi Go Lean Crunch with a 1/2cup of skim milk and 2 cups of coffee with small shots of fat free half and half. Walked a mile to work (20 mins).
Mid-Morning – Ate a Chobani honey & banana flipper cup thing, it was not fantastic, the coconut, chocolate, almond one was much better! Didn’t keep me full for long, I could only wait about an hour-hour and a half before lunch.
Lunch – I had a salad with spinach, arugula, feta, turkey, and Newman’s Own Sesame Ginger dressing.
Mid-Afternoon – I had 2 snacks, spaced out by a couple hours each in the afternoon. The first snack was a whole zucchini, sliced up and dipped in veggie hummus. The second snack, about an hour before I went home, was 16 almonds. I also treated myself to afternoon coffee, which was a Starbucks tall 3 regional blend with a splash of skim milk (which was delicious but too strong for acidic stomach and left me in some pain).
Evening – Headed home on my 20 minute walk. Then the original plan was to do a session of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, but by the time I got home, Charlie needed a long walk. We took a 35 minute walk at a brisk pace, weaving through the streets of Beacon Hill, which involved a lot of uphill walking. By the time I got home, I was starving (it was somehow already 8pm!), so I skipped the Shred to cook some food for the rest of the week.
Dinner – Dinner (and this week’s leftovers) was ground turkey with 1/2tsp olive oil, 1/2 an onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 bag of frozen butternut squash, a couple handfuls of fresh kale, 1 1/2cups cooked quinoa, and some salt, pepper, ginger powder, red pepper flakes, and a dash of soy sauce for seasoning. Gluten free (except for the soy sauce, but that can be picked up GF if you need it) and I think fairly healthy. It fills me up (without eating all of it, although I could, it’s delish!) and makes me feel good. I did end the day with a few pretzel chips and hummus, I just needed a crunch to finish my meal.
I felt good at the end of the day, hopefully I can keep up this routine! I’m going to post my routine here, just to keep myself accountable.
If anyone is reading this and made it to the end (bless you!), anything ever happen to you that left you in a panic and made you stop procrastinating? I always seem to do things much better at the last minute!
Disclaimer – I’m in no way a health professional, everyone should check with their own physicians before starting any sort of new food (I’m avoiding the word diet but that applies here too) or exercise routine. I’m doing what I know works for my body and am not recommending it for anyone else, just sharing my journey in real time.