Warning: This is a long, non-writing related post!
The first of the year kicked off the Colonel’s Challenge. It’s a work-sponsored exercise challenge that runs 10 weeks. It’s meant to encourage both commissioned and non-commissioned employees to adopt healthy habits of weight-lifting and aerobic exercise. I tackled it last year, and I hope to regain my previous physical fitness (which pneumonia completely trashed) by doing it this year. Here’s where I stand fifteen days into it:
One of my goals this year is to lose 30 lbs. If you saw me walking down the hall, you wouldn’t guess I’d need to lose that much, but I spend my day bundled up in a zip-up hoodie that hangs down to my knees, so the majority of my body isn’t even visible.
Someone might ask, why 30 lbs?
My goal weight is 125. It’s not unreasonable. For my height (5’5″), it’s about ideal. What would this look like? Well, Halle Berry is a good example. She’s my height and weighs in the 120s. She’s also had two kids, so I can relate. If I looked as awesome as her when I’m in my 50’s, I’d be stoked.
What am I doing to hit that mark?
Diet: I’m intermittent fasting. My eating window is from 11 – 7, and I prep food ahead to keep track of calories at work. I’m sticking to below 1500, because that’s the maintenance calorie count for the weight I want to be while working a sedentary desk job. I don’t deny myself anything, but I do keep a calorie tally in mind to help me determine if I really want to eat it or not. And I’ve managed to stick to only 1 Red Bull a week! No, I won’t drink the sugar free version, nor will I drink any other zero-calorie substitution. If I can’t have my full 27g of sugar Red Bull, I don’t want anything. Instead, I’ve been drinking oolong tea and tons of water, sometimes with a squeeze of lime. It’s a good lifestyle for me, one I’ll be able to maintain even if I lose all 30 lbs.
Exercise: My wrist still bugs me, which sucks. I have to be very careful when it comes to doing push-ups. But I’m lifting weights three nights a week, taking a 20 minute walk at lunch, and hitting the cardio on Saturday morning. In addition, I’ve started the BeachBody Core De Force program, which has me sweating at 6:45 AM before showering and heading to work. I picked this program because it has kickboxing-inspired moves and, frankly, I enjoy punching stuff. Since part of my physique goals is to aim for an hourglass figure, I’ve been focusing on building up my shoulders and glutes. Hopefully, with the diet and exercise, I’ll shrink my middle to achieve the body shape I want.
Sleep: One of the things all fitness experts will say on all the hundreds of articles–if you want to lose weight, you need a good night’s rest. Between my dogs and the kids, that’s been difficult these past few years. But I’m getting the kids to bed earlier and practicing meditation to turn off my writer’s brain when I lay down. Plus, I’ve relocated my morning workout to the gym here at work, so I spend less time getting ready before dropping off the kids, which equals out to an additional 20 minutes of sleep. I’ve managed to get a full 8 hours these past couple of days, which is promising for my weight-loss goals. We’ll see if I can keep it up.
Sorry for the long post today with the in-depth look at one particular non-writerly goal. The last day of the Colonel’s Challenge is March 10th, so you might see and update or two before then. Until then…
Do you have any lofty goals this year? Do you have a plan to achieve your goals? What have you found works for you when it comes to healthier lifestyles?