I’m sorry for my lack of posting this past week; it’s been so busy with getting ready for the start of school tomorrow. But I promise to be back to my regular blogging from here on out. I missed writing and I had so many ideas to share that I was practically bursting at the seams.
Since tomorrow (Monday) is the first day of school for me, I have been thinking a lot about how I’m going to fit everything into my more complicated, busier schedule. I don’t want to fall into the common habit of letting my food and exercise go to the wayside as I get into the daily grind of work. That’s not healthy, nor will it get me to my goals.
Speaking of which, my main goal at the moment is to reach 266 lbs by the beginning of November. It will be a challenge, but if I stick to my plan, it is definitely achievable. That way, I will get on the WLS waiting list (which takes about 6 weeks), and I *should* have the surgery sometime between the middle of December to the beginning of January. What better way to start the new year than with a new body?
Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” ~Pablo Picasso
I love a good plan, and in the days leading up to back to school, I’ve come up with a strong, two-pronged approach to achieve my goal.
1. Bella’s Back-to-School Workout Plan
On my early-end days (when I have my prep period during the last period of the day), I will leave school 15 minutes before the final bell rings (to avoid the parking lot nightmare) and head straight to the gym. On these days I’ll do cardio (elliptical, treadmill, or bike) and some core work or strength training. While the weather is still warm (through October), I may head to the outdoor pool to get in some laps. Then I’ll get home, take Sofi for a walk, cook and eat dinner, and get on with the rest of my evening.
On my full days (or when I have meetings and can’t leave a bit early), I will come home right after school, take Sofi for a walk, and (hopefully) attend a group exercise class (kickboxing, Afro-Belly Boogie, aqua aerobics, spin, or Zumba) at 5:30, 6:30, or 7:30. Then I’ll come home and eat a light dinner.***
***These are the days that are much more “iffy” for me. I’m like many of you, I’m sure - once I get home and start to relax, it becomes increasingly difficult for me to get back out and go workout – unless I’m meeting someone else or I’m extremely motivated. I know that sometimes I won’t make it to the gym, and that’s ok. Even if I only workout on the early days, I’ll still workout 2-3 weekdays. Add with the fact that I’ll be walking Sofi for about 30 minutes a day every day, plus my weekend workouts, and I’ll still be moving my body every single day. And I’ll be getting in more intense workouts 4-5 times a week, which is excellent. While I’ll strive for intense workouts each day, I also want to be realistic.
2. Bella’s Back-to-School Eating Plan
From now through the end of August, I’m going to stick to eating 1200-1300 calories per day, focusing on getting in lots of protein. I’m going to make sure that I cook enjoyable meals and give myself something to look forward to each day (as the therapist recommended). On the weekends, I’m going to allow myself to eat 1400-1600 calories and factor in at least one scheduled treat (again, as the therapist recommended). I want to savor the last fruits of summer while keeping my daily food log and making sure everything fits within my calorie budget. I’m going to write everything down, even if I go a bit overboard, because I want to be accountable and not have any “secret food.”
Beginning September 1st,Monday – Friday: I’m going to do my own version of Medifast. Instead of spending all the money on Medifast, I am going to use the Premier Nutrition RTD shakes and protein bars from Costco. I’ve priced them, purchased them, sampled them, and I really like the way they taste. Plus, they each have 30g of protein, and are very low carb. Then I’ll have a Lean and Green meal for dinner. The day will look like this:
Breakfast: protein bar (280 calories) Break: (only if needed) protein shake (160 calories) Lunch: protein shake (160 calories) After school/pre-workout snack: protein shake (160 calories) Dinner: Lean and Green meal (around 350 calories)
___________________ Daily Total: 1000-1100 very low carb calories
On the weekends:I’m going to eat real food for all three meals. One day will be around 1200 calories, and the other day (with the scheduled treat) will be up to 1500 calories if I feel I need that many.
I know what you’re thinking, “Bella, you just did Medifast, and yes, you lost 30 lbs, but as soon as you started eating real food, you gained 15 lbs of it back.” While that is true, I didn’t do it this same way before. The Medifast food didn’t taste as good as these Premier Nutrition products due. Plus, I was eating Medifast 7 days a week, not giving myself any breaks or anything to “look forward to,” which meant that once I stopped doing it, I went off the wagon. By including more variety to my meal choices on the weekends and taking away the concept of “off program foods,” I think I’ll be much more successful.
Everyone in the WLS support group that I spoke to was adamant about me “doing whatever I needed to do” to get the weight off and reach the surgeon’s goal requirement. Following this plan I’ve outlined above, I should be able to get there with no problem by the beginning of November. Plus, I had sort of an Ah-Ha moment when I realized that once the goal weight gets officially recorded by Kaiser, all I have to do is maintain that weight loss for the 6 weeks leading up to surgery. It’s not as daunting to think about it that way. Even if I gain 3-5 lbs in those 6 weeks that I’m waiting, I can easily take that off right before surgery if I need to.
I’ve thought about each part of this plan carefully and I know that I can do this. I’m motivated by so many factors, the biggest of which is that I don’t want to enter 2012 in the same spot I am right now. I want to have turned a corner, met a major goal, and accomplished the beginning of my dreams.