I am at my wit’s end. I matched three months of daily exercise with weekly, er…daily indulgences of Halloween candy, wine and cheese, junk food and more.
I now weigh more than I have weighed in several years. While the number bothers me, I think what bothers me more is the fact that I cannot wear most of the clothes in my closet. I only have 2 pairs of pants that (barely) fit and I have resorted to wearing several knit dresses that have plenty of give, coupled with sweaters, jackets and scarfs to try to hide my extra pounds.
I have to do something.
I am going to give this whole getting fit/healthy/smaller a go again. My timing is interesting, right? Why not start a healthy eating program the week of Thanksgiving? The reality of my situation is that if I don’t do something, I am going to have to go buy a new wardrobe, which will put a serious dent in the Christmas budget and be a major downer on my holiday season.
So here goes!
I am going to try the 10 day shred with Juice Plus. The plan is 10 days of Whole 30 like eating for 1-2 meals a day and then a shake in place of the other meals. It is also coupled with exercise and accountability from a group of other people doing it.
The shakes and the capsules from Juice Plus are a new thing for me. (I really like to eat, so I am nervous about having a shake in the place of a meal, but I am game for anything at this point.) As I have written before, I love the way I feel after I do a Whole 30. I also really like the fact that there is nothing to buy. It is a completely sustainable way to live. BUT, I am not making great choices on my own and I need to get things turned around quickly. My plan is to drink the shakes daily and then after the 10 days, eat Whole30 meals more than I am now. I am also going to allow myself the occasional holiday indulgences like wine because I am not a masochist. (The planning and restriction that Whole30 requires is too much for this time of the year. I am not going to for perfect. I am going for easy and do-able.)
I also need to get some idea about how my fitness levels are improving. While I have been more active in the last few months thanks to the #yearofresortliving, I am not sure I making myself any healthier.
I am going to get back to tracking myself and purchase the Fit Bit Blaze. It is a little more sophisticated that the Fit Bit Flex and more importantly, the Blaze has a buckle on the back, so hopefully I cannot lose it! (In the last 2 years, I have lost 3 Fit Bits, all with the button clasp, and a Jawbone. I went back and forth on which device to get, since I loved both of the devices, and but I admit that the fact that so few people use the Jawbone was a problem for me. I need the peer pressure of friends and coworkers participating in weekly challenges to get me going. I only have one friend who uses a Jawbone, so I am going back to Fit Bit.) I will resume my early morning power walks which are a heck of a lot more enjoyable now that the sun is up at 6:30 am instead of 7:30 am, but I will hopefully be able to see if I am truly getting a work out.
Hopefully, before the end of the year, I am back in my clothes.
Wish me luck!