Well this should be an interesting journey ... I am really not one of those super athletic people, never really have been. I like going out and being active, but usually in the form of playing with the kids or taking along walk around a flea market. Every year in June, I do a closed circuit super walk, which takes 2 to 3 hours ... otherwise known as the yearly Kilworth garage sale event. My fitness philosophy is really simple ... I am comfortable with my hour glass figure ... even if it has a bit of extra sand in it.
Seriously though, as I creep up to being 40, I think that it has become more important to be a bit more focused on my fitness (or lack there of). I recently read a blog, where a women set a goal of losing 40 pounds by her 40th birthday and that got me thinking .... I think I could do that. If I lost 40 lbs, I would be the size that I was before I had my children. Not that I am really focused on being that size again, but I think that it would be nice to my arms and legs a bit toner and perhaps less of a mommy tummy wouldn't be too bad either.
So, here is my plan ... did I mention that it is a long term plan ... I have 4 years before I reach 40. Yah, I know, but I figure if I get started now, I'm more likely to meet my goal. Not that I am lazy, just that I have 3 kids, and in less than a month, I start babysitting 3 more kids, so I am pretty sure my current daily schedule is about to go up in smoke!
Let's start with what I am NOT going to do ...
- No gym membership - Let's be realistic here for a minute ... with the daily care of six kids and only two days in a weekend, most of which are already booked up for the summer, this would be like taking my husband's hard earned money and setting fire to it. Because I am such a thrifty shopper, I refuse to do this. I am determined, that if I am going to do this, I am going to do it much like I do everything else ... old school. I know that I will not have the time to spend at the gym, so I am not going to set myself up for failure. If and when I have time I will take a singular class here and there, but I refuse to waste my money on a membership that will get limited use.
- No dieting - So here's the thing with dieting ... I LIKE FOOD! I like to cook food, I like to bake food, I like to bbq food, I like to buy food and I like to eat food! On the whole, my family eats very well, especially in the summer months. We eat tonnes of fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade salads and soups, and limited junk "food". Very few things that I cook come from a box or a can. I love to cook, so I make a lot from scratch, even my bread thanks to my new bread maker. I am planting my vegetable garden this weekend, and looking forward to making my own pasta sauce this fall. I can and preserve lots of fresh food for the winter as well. The only junk that we have around is usually, when we have people over, or on special occasions. When my kids ask for a snack, their first choice is always some type of fruit, vegetable or yogurt. So, needless to say, I am very comfortable with what I and my family eat.
- No substitutions - This is one of my big pet peeves. I am a firm believer in "everything in moderation", so ... when I want chocolate, I am eating chocolate, not something chemically produced to taste like chocolate. When I want potatoes, I am not eating cauiflour mash. Spaghetti, not spaghetti squash, and I am sorry, but low fat ice cream ... come on, please! That is just wrong in so many ways. I am going to rely on my will power and treat myself when it is necessary and appropriate ... when I feel like it really!
I love the new Coca-Cola commercial. It very plainly states the truth, "All calories count, no matter where they come from, including Coca-Cola and everything else with calories, and if you eat and drink more calories than you burn off, you'll gain weight."
My husband, loves this commercial too, although he tends to see may things as black or white, he does make this really good point also, and has for years ... if you burn off more calories than you eat, you won't gain weight. And, yes, I now that there are shades of grey here, but the basic premise is correct. For the average person without other underlying health problems this is a true fact.
So, here is what I am going to do ...
- Walk - I love walking. With my kids, my friends, or even by myself. Early evening walks are my favourite. A couple of weeks ago some of the other mom's and I started walking in the evenings, once are husbands were home and our kids were off to bed. It has been great, we talk, we walk, and it is so much fun. We have started with once a week and are aiming to do it twice a week during the summer. It offers the added bonus of getting me out of the house for some time to myself and some adult conversation.
- Work out at home - I do love to use my treadmill at home, and have been using it through the winter. I guess just a little too much, since it has just recently gone toward the light ... great now what? I have spent weeks looking on line for some workouts that I can easily do at home. Below are the workouts that I have found and decided to try out for the summer. Once I start babysitting, and have a better idea of what my daily schedule id going to be like, I am going to try to come up with a workout schedule involving these workout routines.
|Saints & Slimmers 30 Day Squat Challenge|
|Daily Spark's Lose Your Love Handles Workout|
|iVillage's Tone Your Arms in 7 Days|
Well, this is were I am going to start. Wish me luck , and check back in on Fridays for updates. Next week I will post my starting point and map my progress!