Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Weapons for Success

In achieving my goals, I will be using the following:
1. walking shoes
2. light weights - 2lb weights
3. Richard Simmons' Dance Workouts
a. Sweat and Shout
b. Party Off the Pounds
4. Yoga Zone - Body and Soul Workout Basics
5. my trusty pedometer
6. Perfect Bands - resistance bands
7. Arsenal of Healthbooks
a. Chef Kathleen's Cooking Thin Daybook by Kathleen Daeleman
b. Fit to Live by Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, ACP
c. Reader's Digest 30 Minutes A Day To A Healthy Heart by Frederick J. Vagnini, MD and Selene Yeager
d. Calorie Counter Guide

My Workout Routine
5x a week - 15 min. walk + 15 min. elliptical + 15 min. elliptical
3x a week - weight training
3x a week - yoga

Eating Plan: (Everyday except Sunday = Cheat Day)
a. 4L of water
b. 3 servings of lean proteins
c. 3 to 4 servings of fruits
d. 4 to 5 servings of vegetables
e. 2 to 3 servings of low fat/fat free dairy
f. 1 to 3 cups of green or black tea
g. 2 cups of ginger tea

 My trusty web guides:
- for my weight updates and personal food diary
- for healthy recipes and eating guides + motivational reads, exercises

long term goal:
a. lose 70 lbs
b. reduce waist circumference to less than 35 inches
c. run or walk a marathon at least 3x a year
d. cure my menstrual pains for good

short tem goals:
a. lose 1 to 2 lbs every week or 4 to 8 lbs per month
b. achieve at least 7 hrs of sleep everyday

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I will walk the talk

I created this blog for the following reasons:
1. for my health - I have serious issues with my weight for the past 10 years. This was all too foreign to me because I've always maintained a good weight since I was a kid. I'm not skinny, I have curves but they were all the in the right places. I believe that I can emerge victorious from this battle with the right strategies and one of them is by documenting that journey through this blog.

2. to monitor my food and fluid intake - I think maintaining a food diary here in the blog would help me accomplish my food goal which is to incorporate more of the fresh, healthy foods and minimize my use of processed foods.

3. to move more - I admit that I am a couch potato. My ideal day is to spend time reading books and writing blogs while seated or on the bed. Not good! I believe that by doing this, I am committing myself to move my ass more because I have accountability.

4. to inspire - I have two beautiful sisters who have weight issues just like me. Now, I want to show them that if I can make a good lifestyle change by eating healthier and moving more, then they can too.