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Valentine’s Day Boot Camp

by Megan

Okay, let’s get back to basics. This blog is supposed to be about my weight loss! I’m really enjoying blogging about other things and widening my area of topics, but I can’t forget about my original purpose.

So I’ve taken a little hiatus from posting about my weight loss, both because I’ve been super busy and because I’m still stuck on that plateau. I gained back a couple of pounds over the holidays, which I didn’t want to do, but I was careless, so that’s why that happened.

But now, I’m ready to get back into the hard work. First of all, let me say that I think Kadi was right in one of her comments, about how dieting most days and having free days is somewhat of yo-yo dieting, and that you should aim for just a healthier lifestyle in general, with a minimal amount of “free” days.

I had said before that I think I do better with a free day to look forward to, but I think I’m going to change my mind on that. As soon as I give myself rules and privileges, I’m looking for ways to get past the rules and extend the privileges. So I’ve been trying to make the right choices on the spot, instead of making mistakes and then choosing a time in the future when I’ll start back up again. So one of my goals for this year (maybe I already mentioned this), is to not put off until tomorrow the correct food and exercise choices that I could be making today.

That being said, I am still the kind of person who lives for planning and scheduling and organizing, etc. So I need to incorporate whatever plans I want to make, without sacrificing making the right choices as often as possible, if that makes any sense.

So anyway, my original goal was to get back to my prepregnancy weight by Valentine’s Day (2 weeks short of 6 months after giving birth), and here we are, less than three weeks away!!! I am officially implementing a Valentine’s Day Boot Camp, designed to jumpstart further weight loss and get me past this plateau, so that I can get as close to my goal as possible.

The rules are both rigid and flexible, if you can believe that… Here is the plan:

Exercise: At least 30 minutes a day, every day except for Sundays (and on Sundays I should be taking a walk). And that’s the only rule for exercise, except that it needs to be an intense 30 minutes, or less intense but a longer workout. If I miss a day for whatever reason, I’m required to do my workout the next day starting at 6am, so that I won’t miss the next day.

Diet: Only water to drink (no exceptions). No junk (candy, baked goods, sugary things). 1800 calories a day (to be recorded by the Lose It! app). No eating out except Subway, and except on the days I’m in Tucson- but I will stick strictly to the healthy menu items.

So there are some specifics in there, but still room for choices each day.

I’ve actually been doing really well with exercise recently. I’ve been taking and teaching many dance classes, I’ve gone out running and walking, I did Pilates one morning (with Carter on the floor, holding his feet, looking like he was joining me!), and some strength training. I think over the past two weeks I have done something every day, and now I just need to take the intensity up a notch.

I’ll probably be weighing myself in every morning, to keep track of how things are going, and I’ll be updating on here how things are going. Starting tomorrow, Valentine’s Day will be day 20, so here we go…

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