Boing, boing, boing! Yep, that’s my weight going up and down! Ugh! I’ve gained weight since my 24 Day Challenge a couple months ago and summer is approaching! I’d like to get back into swimsuit shape, but more importantly, I want to be healthier!
I’ve always been health conscious and very interested in fitness and nutrition. But my love for tasty foods prevents my brain from making the best choices. For example, I love pizza, fast food, cola, and baked goods. And I really do not enjoy eating grilled veggies, grilled chicken, or salads “with a touch of oil and vinegar.” Growing up playing soccer 24/7, I burned the food faster than my body knew what to do with it. Ever since I graduated and stopped playing, I’ve had to really pay attention to what I eat. I’ll never be able to burn what I did playing everyday.
In addition to loving tasty food, I have all the other excuses lined up: No energy to workout, can’t go to gym since Beckham won’t last in kid’s zone, hate drinking 64+ oz. of water a day, not motivated to workout at home (I’m a huge proponent of weights), find sleep wasteful (anyone with a clingy toddler might understand), don’t know enough about the science of our bodies and food, rather spend my time cleaning or relaxing when Beckham is napping, blah, blah, blah!
So I’ve decided to make small changes that will make me more fit and healthier. I usually tackle wanting to lose weight with an all-or-nothing attitude, but that hasn’t KEPT me fit. I’m going to create a weekly challenge for myself and hopefully this will result in a lifestyle change. It will also be interesting to see what changes really help my body and well-being.
This week, I’m starting with two small, but very important challenges.
Fit Challenge #1: DRINK MORE WATER
Water – My goal is to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day! In order to help me do this, I bought a half gallon (64 ounce) pitcher and each morning I will fill it up with water. By the end of the day, all of it should be gone. If I workout that day, my water bottle will be in addition to the pitcher. It’s a great visual for me. You can even label it with times of the day that the water should be gone.
Fit Challenge #2: GET MORE SLEEP
Sleep – My goal is to get 8 hours a night. I actually think I’m better off with 9, but my goal will be 8. This is the hardest thing for me to do…I love staying up late, utilizing the time I have BY MYSELF! Any other moms feel me? Beckham wakes up around 8:00am and I’d like to be up by 7 or 7:30 so I can get dressed and get things rolling. This means my bed time should be around 11:00pm. Currently, I’m hitting the sack around 12:00am or 1:00am and it usually takes me a while to fall asleep (30 minutes to 1.5 hours)
Stay tuned for next week’s challenge and updates on Challenge #1 and #2. Feel free to join me…I’d love the support!
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