As some of you may know, my work is doing a Biggest Loser competition where we are competing to win $1000! I’m currently in the lead having lost the most percentage of body fat so far (but we are only in the 2nd week so don’t get too excited for me) but it really has put some things into perspective.
So here are a few things I’ve been doing to get me back into shape:
Exercise: I’m not an intense exerciser but I generally do about 20-30 minutes of cardio and 15 minutes of some kind of weight machine (usually 3 sets of 10-12 reps) and have been eating a bit healthier. I’ve been going 4-6 times per week and when I don’t feel like going to the gym, Mike and I go for a hike or a walk around the neighborhood.
Food: A bit healthier meaning I’m cooking almost all the food I consume and have definitely kicked the fast-food habit. I drink no soda and have been gulping down water and green tea for the past week. I did get some lemonade recently but I’ve found myself pretty content with just drinking water (this is absolutely out of the question for Mike who enjoys some kind of sugary drink with lunch and dinner.) I also don’t buy a lot of “fat-free” “low-fat” crap because it usually just takes gross so I just use the things that are full fat in moderation. Except for mayo, low-fat mayo is actually pretty good.
Sleep: I’ve been sleeping on a pretty good schedule. I try not to stay up past 11 pm and try to get out of bed by 7:30 am. If I’m too worked up about the day or stressed out about work, I drink some chamomile tea and listen to comedy on Pandora with Mike to get myself to relax. Reading a good book in bed is really nice too. It almost feel like I’m pampering myself and all I’m doing is allowing myself to relax. Like, really!?
Stress: My stress levels have decreased significantly as I’ve been trying to find a way to fit everything into my life. It has taken a lot of cooperation and compromise on a part of myself, my boss, Mike, my family, friends, but it is essential to my sobriety and health to not let myself become overly stressed out. I advise everyone to try to figure something out if they are constantly feeling stressed. Move some things around in your schedule, ask for help, put off an activity you really like until you finish up a big project at work and then double the time you get to enjoy that activity—do something, anything, but stress out.
Deprivation: Okay, okay, maybe this heading is a little more dramatic than it needs to be but basically I’m holding off on buying any new clothes (except gym clothes) until the end of the competition. I constantly find myself wanting to buy stuff and then I remind myself, if I’m losing weight these aren’t going to fit me anyway. Better hold off until I get my body where I want it to be. (And if I’m not losing weight, then I better start because I’m not buying any clothes unless I win that $1000 to buy it with!)
So these are just some of the lifestyle changes that I have made in an attempt to be healthy, have more energy, and of course, lose weight. While the gym has definitely been the biggest change for me, it is definitely the best. Being able to feel your body go through movements it was designed to do but it never does really gets you back in touch with your body and your mind.
I’ll keep you guys posted with the weight loss and maybe take photos if it looks like I’ve lost enough weight to. Maybe in another 3-4 weeks, I’m hoping!