5 Week Lifestyle Reminder
There’s too many 12 week challenges around, and okay I must confess I’ve joined a couple and got results. The thing is though, I want my health and fitness plans to be a permanent lifestyle not just something I do for a number of weeks and stop.
There’s always hurdles of course and while I remain a consistent weight (most of the time), sometimes it creeps up. That’s when I set a reminder of what I need to do. It’s not a challenge just a goal to get back to the basics of a healthy lifestyle. So I’ve set a 5 Week Lifestyle Reminder. Why?
In five weeks I visit my super-fit, super-healthy son in Newcastle. You may be thinking why would he care if his mum is getting slightly frumpy around the tummy. He probably won’t, but I like to set a good example and I believe part of that example has probably helped him and his brothers through life. I hadn’t even realised that I was getting frumpy until, well, there it was. I put on a pair of jeans that fit only last season and couldn’t get them over my hips. Yikes!
I do a few things to get back on track and they are:
- Get back on My Fitness Pal which you can download onto your phone or sign up online. It has a food and exercise diary. I don’t regularly count calories but this app helps me realise the little things I may have been overeating and cuts the rubbish out again.
- Up the exercise ante. I try to exercise three times or more a week so I’ll add an extra day or two.
- More incidental exercise like gardening, walking the dog, walking instead of driving and using the stairs more at work.
- Reduce the alcohol. I don’t have a problem with it but I do drink beer. Take away week day drinks and try adding a coconut water or plain water between beers. Plus there’s the added benefit of staying better hydrated (and obviously less intoxicated).
- Use weights more often. My boxing and bootcamp at Wise Force Gym usually includes weights. When it doesn’t I do extra weights at home or during work breaks. Lifting weights keeps the metabolism going longer than cardio and the older you get the more you need weight-bearing exercise. (Being over 50 the later definitely applies to me).
- Get outdoors and do it early. The best time of day is morning. It may be hard to get up but just set that alarm and do it. Nature at it’s best.
- Everything in moderation and no obsessing over it. Though I have a plan I don’t beat myself up if I wander off the path. The harder you make it the harder it will be. Especially when menopause has hit (and I mean hit). Give yourself some flexibility. (One piece of your favourite chocolate not the whole Lindt block, yummy as that may be).
I started this reminder on 4th April and have the goal of feeling firmer, less bloated and healthier by 9th May. I could use the weighing method and say I want to get down from 51.8kg to 48kg (I’m only 150cm) but considering muscle weighs more than fat and I’m hoping to gain muscle, then that weight loss or gain would be out of whack. Instead I’ll use those white jeans (that only got to my thighs) as an indication of getting back on track.