If you’ve been following along with my wardrobe makeover lately, you know that at the beginning of September I intended to get in shape this month. Well, life happens and getting in shape did not… but I really don’t want to buy clothes for my out-of-shape self. Since there’s still some time left, I decided to give it one last effort and go all in for the last two weeks.
I’ve always been intrigued with the idea of “challenges” to help focus on a goal for a short period of time. I love reading about all the things people are able to accomplish when they really put their mind to it, and fitness is no exception. I want to find out just how much I can achieve in two weeks when I really try.
My plan is pretty basic, but I believe it will be effective if I can stick to it. It can be summed up in two words… diet and exercise.
My Food Plan
Food is the hardest part of getting in shape for me. And it’s not even the food that trips me up most of the time. It’s the drinks. I LOVE sweet tea and Dr. Pepper. I can easily drink three or four huge cups of tea a day. Since I don’t eat a ton (the sugar and caffeine are usually what keep me going), I haven’t gained a ton of weight but I am definitely out of shape.
My “diet” for the next two weeks isn’t so much a diet as just a reset to good, healthy eating habits. I’m going to stick to veggies, meats, proteins like eggs and nuts, with just a little fruit or dairy if I need it. Sugar in pretty much any form is out for the next two weeks, and I’ll be sticking with just water to drink. After the two weeks I’ll add grains and healthy carbs back in, but I lose weight fastest when I eliminate carbs for a little bit.
The food part is intense, but I’m hoping that doing this will help me get back on track for eating healthy in the long-term. And if I can make it the full two weeks, I don’t think I’ll be craving 5 giant cups of tea every day. When I did my water challenge last summer I came out of it and discovered that sweet tea and sodas were way too sweet for me. (Of course, I fell back into my old habits after a few months and here we are again, but I keep trying!)
I’m not a terribly good cook (I just don’t have the patience or “food creativity” to enjoy it), so I’ve made a basic menu and I’ll be eating a lot of the same things every day. Think eggs and sauteed spinach for breakfast, salad with chicken and fruit for lunch, more chicken and veggies for dinner, with a blueberry smoothie thrown in if I get a sugar craving (literally just blueberries, banana, cocoa powder, and unsweetened almond milk). Keep it simple right? 🙂
My Exercise Plan
I’m going to be keeping my exercise plan pretty simple, especially to start. I LOVE exercising and I usually run a few times a week, but finding extra time for exercise in my day is really hard. Being a stay-at-home-mom with special needs kids… ’nuff said.
I plan on running a mile every day in the morning. I enjoy running so that part’s not too hard. The getting up early enough part is hard. But that’s a story for another time. If my kids cooperate and take a nap at the same time, I also want to squeeze in some yoga and some strength training on alternate days during the week.
Tools to help
It can be hard to tell if you’re actually making progress unless you have something you can measure, so I’ll be taking my weight and measurements (and some sure-to-be-horribly-embarrassing photos) to track my progress. I’m also going to write down everything I eat for the next two weeks. That’s a scary thought. Hopefully that will provide a push to not eat all the stuff I shouldn’t.
But the biggest thing to help me stick with it is actually telling you about it. How sad would it be if I told you all about my amazing plans to get in shape and then did nothing? So I will be checking back with you in two weeks to let you know how it goes!
Have you ever attempted a two week fitness challenge? What are your biggest obstacles to getting in shape and how do you overcome them?