In the past, when I’ve started a diet and exercise, I jump into it whole heartedly. I give 110%. I lose about 20/25lbs and then I stop losing. Since I’ve been so into it, I have no calories to cut and no exercises to add. Plus, at this point I’m burnt out. I do not want to exercise or diet anymore. I give up and the weight just piles on again.
This time, I’m doing things differently.
Food – I’m starting out with small changes this time-Cutting out nibbling (not really snacks), logging EVERYTHING that I eat and drink. I’m trying to eat less bread and more vegetables. I’m not cutting out overt sugars yet.
Exercise – Again I’m keeping it simple. I’m starting out with standing elbow to knees exercises, holding a plank (as perfectly as I can) for thirty seconds, and I’ve been adding variations each day.
I’ve found that recently when I’ve tried to get into cardio, I’m so tired I just don’t want to do it. I’m trying to strengthen my arms, legs, and core first. I’m hoping that makes cardio easier again.
My goal for exercise is to start cardio in the next two weeks. I’ll start at 5 mins a day and increase each week. I also want to start a morning and evening yoga practice. My long term goal is to get into the gym and attend a YoBarre class.
As I said in my first post, my goal is 60 by 40. Sixty pounds in eight months. I have a secondary goal after I meet this one. 40 by 40. I want to lose forty more pounds in six months in time for my 40th birthday.
I know I will hit plateaus, but I hope to stay strong this time and not slide backwards.
Speaking of plateaus, how do you work through them?