My friend, Jesslynn, and I have been bemoaning our baby-and-work-related weight gain for the last few weeks. Our 3 p.m.-1:30 a.m. schedule is wreaking havoc on us as we are eating late at night and sleeping during the day. (On top of that, I spend what little free time I find writing instead of exercising.) We have different reasons for hating out heavily padded bodies -- she is newly single and on the prowl again; I am married and want my husband and children to have a fit role model. But our personal goals are the same -- to be healthier and to have a banging, bikini friendly body in the new year. Hell, I hope to be well on my way to a hot body by my 36th birthday in November.
I weighed myself Sunday morning (August 12th) and I was 174.8 pounds. Yikes. And thus the resolve steeled for me. In an effort to get healthier and to shed the unwanted fat accumlating under our skin, we have begun to get into a routine of eating better (no McDonald's or sodas) and exercising after work. We have joined the local Plant Fitness and have been going all this week. I started counting calories, cutting out sweets, sodas, and (gasp) cheese. I have already seen a difference in my weight and the way I feel. As of this very moment (12:39 p.m. on Thursday the 16th), I am down to 169.6 pounds.
I quit fast food altogether. Nothing. Nada. Not even a single french fry. No sodas. I have been eating nothing but regular old Cheerios for breakfast and Healthy Choice Steamers meals for lunch and dinner, Activia vanilla yogurt as a snack, and drinking water and SoBe Life Water since it has no calories, no sugar, and no artificial sweetners. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be and I actually like going to the gym. Sweating is therapeutic.
Oh, and Planet Fitness also has this redlight therapy bed - the Beauty Angel Total Body Enhancer. This thing is awesome, albeit a little SciFi feeling. You stand in this triangular structure, surrounded by non-UV emitting lights, blowing air, and new age music for 12 minutes. The floor vibrates and pulses, too. Sounds hokey, but you come out of that thing feeling refreshed and ready to work out. Love it, love it, love it.
On top of it all, I have been joining another friend at work in an "Earthing" project. It's an interesting, yet stress relieving, thing to lie on the ground for 10 minutes and imagine all your worries, ailments, and even fat cells melting away from your body and being absorbed by the earth.
Jesslynn and I officially start Operation: Hot Body this Saturday, August 18th. We will be taking photos (yikes!) and will be posting them along with our current weights. We hope the routine we have been building this week will become second nature to us, that Planet Fitness staff will get to know us by name, and that we reach our ultimate goals. Each week, she and I will update the blog with more photos and details. We hope you'll join us as we embark on this adventure to slim down, tone up, and get healthier.
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