Saturday, November 6, 2010
One of the most important tools I've found to assist me in this weight loss effort is planning. In order to succeed, I need to be prepared. This means my refrigerator is kept stocked with fruits, veggies, yogurt, etc., my JC meals are in the freezer ready to go, my menu hanging in a prominent spot where I can refer to it often, water bottles filled and chilled, etc. Just for kicks, I put my JC daily menu into Sparkpeople because I wanted to confirm my daily calorie intake. I was impressed! Even with "unlmited free foods" like my homemade WW veggie soup, I still am consuming about 1,200 calories a day:
The most important part of preparation at the moment: having my work-out clothes clean and ready to don. I have discovered that if I step out of bed and immediately get dressed, right down to sneakers, it's half the battle in the I-don't-wanna-exercise war. I'm already up, dressed and ready to go; now, what's my excuse?
Since I am sorely lacking in dresser space (that'll change when I don't have it stuffed full of various sized clothing!) I had to get a bit creative with my storage options. As a collector of vintage suitcases & train cases, I have a couple empty ones hanging around and I decided to put one to good use:
The main compartment holds my t-shirts, yoga pants & socks, front pouch contains i-pod, pedometer and measuring tape. Behind there is a place for my sneakers. Voila! Perfect! I keep this right next to my bed so that I literally roll out of bed and get dressed. Easy as pie! I then meet Beren in the family room for our morning coffee and when he leaves for work, I either grab the dog and hit the sidewalk or I jump on the treadmill. Put in my 30 minutes, shower, and off to work I go.
When I get home from the office, I immediately put another outfit on so I'm prepared to hit the treadmill again, take Loki for a stroll, do a little workout video..whatever! Since the clothes are cute enough for streeetwear, I can also walk to the grocery store, park, wherever and still feel comfortable.
So, there you go, my little Girl Scout tip of the day!
Have a Beauty-full Weekend,