As an aspiring screenwriter, I know the importance of outlines. For example, in order to have a scene payoff, that scene first needs to be set-up. The same is true for weight loss: If I want to see 150 pounds on the scale while I’m standing on it, I must plan out the steps to reach that number. In order to make my third try at weight loss a successful one, I plan to incorporate the following five fitness goals in my life, starting today.
1. Exercise at least 45 minutes a day, six days a week.
2. Cycle three days a week (includes Spinning classes).
3. Play tag with my daughter at North Central Park at least once a week.
4. Be able to do 100 consecutive push-ups by December 31, 2011.
5. Rest on Saturdays.
And don’t think I’ve forgotten about food. I’m the first to admit that I’m a foodie. I’ve let my taste buds run my life, but not after today. Today, I pledge to do the following:
1. Eat five fruits and/or vegetables a day.
2. Limit consumption of Coca-Cola to one can a day (so, so hard).
3. Substitute one protein shake for one meal.
4. Instead of chips, snack on yogurt (frozen counts).
5. Count every single calorie, even if I’ve gone over my limit.
I’m not dieting or drastically changing my life. I like Muscle Milk and Herbalife protein shakes, so it’s not a punishment to switch out a meal for one. And the weather in Laredo is perfect for going to the park on a winter’s day. See, I don’t want to be thin. For too long, being thin has served as my motivation to lose weight. I remember thinking, “I want to look good in this dress,” and “What if one day I can fit into a tankini?” I’m through with wanting to be thin, with chanting, “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.” I just want to be healthy, and I need to start somewhere. These ten goals are the foundation for the rest of my life as a healthy girl.