I got on the scale this morning (because I know my summer break eating has gotten a weeeeeee bit out of control). Guess what. It’s not happy news, and my eyelids probably are fatter. I’ve gained SIX pounds. SIX! Do you know how disciplined I had to be to lose that six pounds over the last few months? Ugh. More disciplined than I want to be right now. I’m not writing this post so you can pat me on my fat-back and say it’s okay to enjoy indulge now and then; I’m writing it because, after-all, this blog is called Daily Ups and Pounds. If you ever wondered why, now you know. For me, and probably the majority of the world’s adult population, weight is a daily battle. Sometimes it goes really well (those are the ups), and sometimes our eyelids and elbows and toes and collarbones do, indeed, feel fatter (those are the pounds).
Most of the weight I gained previously was due to anxiety. The weight I gained over the last couple months, however, just flat out recreational eating. Summer is a super difficult time to maintain control. Even my husband, who happens to weigh about what he did in high school, admits this. SOOOO, now is not the time to sit down and cry with a box of Entemans chocolate donuts. It’s time to login to My (freaking) Fitness Pal, get on a workout schedule, and show the scale who’s boss (again).
It’s Monday. It’s the first of the month. There’s really no better time to start a new regimen for us OCD folks – let’s go! Here’s what I’m going to do to make it happen:
- Eat clean – first and foremost. Eating clean is the best thing you can do for your over-all health – no added (or artificial) sugars and no processed foods. I love eating this way, but every now and then I am tempted by some good old fashioned junk food.
- Track calories and activity using My Fitness Pal – I really hate doing this, but I know it works. I’m a big list maker/chart checker/rule follower, so…while I hate to record every bite, lick and taste, I just have to – for now, anyway.
- Workout – OH, there’s something else that I don’t care for. If I have thirty minutes of time to do something for myself, I’d prefer it to be something I like. For example: reading a book, snapping some photos, drawing, thrift store shopping or garage sale-ing. However, none of those things are helping my current situation. My “plan” is to do Beach Body’s Turbo Fire. I have a 30-day schedule for it already and it starts on the first (darn it). I might as well just do it.
- Drink Water – I don’t drink my suggested daily intake of water because I’m mostly just inconvenienced by having to pause life and go to the bathroom so often. That’s all. I love water. I just don’t like to visit the bathroom so often.
- Quit Coffee – Ok, I know. You all just gasped. I’ve quit coffee before, and here’s why… I love flavored creamer (you know, the kind that’s filled with all sorts of artificial crap that I shouldn’t be ingesting? The kind that tastes like candy and cakes and pies and all sorts of wonderful in a warm cup of happiness?). Yeah. I have no idea how many calories I pour into my cup each morning. I suppose I could measure, but I could also just do what’s right and get it out of my diet completely, too. I’ll manage, I’m just not sure how I’ll be able to work out without it…