Whoop whoop! We are down to the last 2 Tips.
Here‘s how the series started, 90 pounds ago. Read why I changed. I tell you how I made my changes, using the ME method: Tips 1-4 (includes S.M.A.R.T.ening up your goals) & Tips 5-8.
Kells’s life situation was a bit different. She is a lifelong athlete. However, a back injury & years of schooling-and-sitting changed her body. But, she used the Tips… and here’s how she uniquely applied Tips 1-4 & 5-8.
Let’s forge ahead with our last 2 Tips.
9) Plan a h e a d.
We all have busy lives with deadlines and schedules. But your body deserves better than junky ass food and a sedentary day.
Think about meal plans, groceries and your exercise regime a week in advance. That way when something unexpected slows you down, you are already prepared. Like a superhero. (But better cuz it’s real!)
Fuel your body.
- Take advantage of slow cookers and insta-pots;
- Make extra portions – to freeze or eat again the next day;
- Remember you can utilize frozen veggies and pre-cut fruit trays. Or, can it! But don’t forget to rinse off the salty liquid;
- Have healthy snacks around like veg & fruit tray with homemade dips. Pre-portion snacking bags of nuts and cheeses for your lunch bag or grab it when you’re running late.
- Make a versatile dish that you can change up. For example: veggie chili can be eaten several ways: the usual way in a bowl with toppings, or use it to fill quesadillas or serve with meat/rice;^
- When making tonight’s meal, cut up extra veggies & onions for tomorrow’s meal. Or, freeze it with homemade herb/spice mixes for future slow cooker meals.
- How about re-purposing those Mason jars with salads or yogurt parfaits?*;
- Supermarkets often have healthy meal options like protein & veggie plates in their deli section.
Get (and then keep on) m o v i n g!
Yes absolutely do your dedicated workout. But you can’t expect it to be as effective if you then just sit on your bum the rest of the day. Keep on moving!
- Attempt chin-ups with your buddies (see video above for the N&K rendition);
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator. (Yes even if your destination is on the 10th floor.**);
- Sprint up or take the stairs 2 at a time or do lunges in-between floors;
- Park a few blocks away from your destination, so you are
forced encouraged to walk a few extra blocks. (If taking the bus, get off a few stops early);
- Lunching with colleagues is a great team builder. Instead of the usual restaurant fare, have a work picnic! Walk together to a nearby park (or greenspace) & chow down on homemade lunches. You could have fun themes like having green and Irish foods for St. Patricks Day;
- Take a romantic stroll after dinner;
- Plank it! while you watch TV (let your food digest a bit first and warm up beforehand);
The options are endless, folks.
10) Don’t forget about your GD self care.
Kells and I will be posting a lot more on this so BOLO.
Remember I said that this is not a diet. Diets are typically short periods of radical diet changes to lose weight. These are not good for your psyche, metabolism, habit reversals or empowerment.
This is a changing-your-outlook on life endeavor. And folks, life is totes more than just food and exercise!
It is important to do some self care every single day.
This can be as simple as:
- Waking up early to enjoy your morning coffee in the peaceful silence of the sunrise;
- Doing a bit of gardening! Spring Equinox was a few days ago. Though weatherwise the PNW is a bit wonky, the plants are sprouting up right on schedule;
- Stopping to smell the roses or the fresh baked goods at your local bakery. (You can choose to just look and smell, and don’t have to necessarily eat it every time you walk by.);
- Treating yo-self and yo pups to an unexpected long weekday walk in the park;
- Paint, sketch, draw;
- Knit, crochet;
- Sing in the shower;
- Sleep in on a day off;
- Netflix (+/- the “and chill”);
- Go to the spa;
- Review that spa experience on your blog;
- Catch up with an old friend;
- Tinker with that old beater you’ve had sitting in the garage for years…
So today …
I feel pretty darn good. I have lost some weight and inches. I have gained muscle, endurance & gumption. I have found healthier ways to cope. I have been pushing personal boundaries. In fact, on March 17, I finished my first 5KM Run! I was 6 minutes faster than my practice runs (which must have been all that adrenalin). I defo would not have considered doing that even 5 years ago. And we’re planning on doing another one in a month!
Kells and I are going to do a professional photoshoot tomorrow! Even a year ago I would’ve said No way.
Sure, I still struggle with some stuff like eating too much junk during that monthly hormone change. Or if I’ve not prepared my meal plan a week ahead^^.
It’s been 15 years… and sometimes I get stuck on the thought that I should have lost all of the weight already. But I know I’m moving forward and challenging myself in a lot of other ways.
I’m a sun-bunny. I love warm bright days. In the PNW, the weather may be mild but it’s damp which ≠ warm. Some mornings I’d rather just stay snuggled in my down duvet. I don’t always feel like getting up at 5 am to exercise.
But at the end of the day I know I’ll feel less ache-y, more energized and closer to my goals if I just get my cantankerous arse out if bed.
And that’s it (for now) for the 90 Pounds and Counting series. …. Stay tuned for how Kells broke down these Tips to suit her lifestyle. And we still have reviews coming your way.
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^ other versatile dishes: grill a whole buckload of chicken & veggie kebabs (protein can also be tofu or veggie ground round). Use different marinades. Or, keep the marinade simple but dress it differently at service with salad, in a wrap or other starch. Dressing= tzatziki or raita style, cumin/oregano/lime, balsamic with fresh rosemary, Thai/Malaysian inspired coconut curry, Vietnamese bahn mi inspired sour-sweet-salty, French Provencal herbs with champagne vinegar or homemade Dijon.
* How to MJ salads: starting bottom up: salad dressing, hearty items (beans, peppers, fennel), leafy tenders then top with cheese/seeds/nuts. Keep upright until you are ready to eat. Then shake it up & enjoy. Use a similar idea for MJ yogurt: plain yogurt, hearty fruit, tender fruit and top off with granola/nuts.
** In our previous job, Kells & I would see clients on the 7th & 8th floors in DTES SROs. The stairs were old AF, rickety crickety, slanted, with short landings and usually covered in some UFOs (unidentified fluids or objects). And if that sounds treacherous, you don’t want to see the elevators.
^^IDK but it never ceases to amaze me that our pattern (including my spouse with a forever healthy BMI) is that when we don’t prep/plan our meals ahead of time, we scramble when our tums grumble. Which is usually for takeout ⇒ bigger portions, more salt and fat than home cooking. Plus it eats into your budget like a hungry hippo! Take a look at your own household’s patterns. Meal planning is not hard. It is not a chore. It is something that helps you to align with your life goals.