I’ve alluded several times now to my plans to focus on getting back on track with my diet and exercise. I’ve been working up to it (and working through the Girl Scout cookies in the meantime) for a couple of months now. The reality is that I’m not terribly overweight, but I’m not as fit as I’d like to be, especially after a four-month hiatus from the gym. Intellectually, I know that exercise will make me happier in the long run, but somewhere amid the holiday- preparation rush it became that “one more thing” that was going to send me over the edge.
A while back I, along with most of the rest of the free-world if the bestseller list is any indication, purchased Bob Greene’s new book The Best Life Diet. I’ve been reading it here and there as I tried to find the motivation to begin. Today, however, I took the first step, literally and figuratively, and went to the gym before work. My screaming thighs during the treadmill workout were a good indication that this move came none too early. My goal is to feel comfortable in my summer wardrobe by June.
Bob Greene’s program has a series of phases, and I’m currently beginning the four-week Phase One. In this phase, I’ll be
- Increasing my activity level
- Ending all eating at least two hours before bedtime
- Eating three meals plus at least one snack daily
- Staying hydrated with at least 8 servings of water per day
- Eliminating alcohol
- Taking a daily vitamin supplement
Also in this phase, I’m not actually supposed to worry about cutting back on eating so much as aiming to choose healthy breakfasts and snacks. The idea is to establish good exercise habits and preparing your body for the process of weight loss. I’m also not supposed to weigh again until the conclusion of the four weeks on Phase One. That’s going to be a challenge for me, since I’m used to weighing daily. I’ll admit that the biggest challenge, though, is going to be drinking enough water. Coke Zero, no problem….water more of an issue!
Now that I’ve made this goal public, I’m hoping the blog will be a part of keeping my efforts on track. Wish me luck, or even better will power!