Monday, December 5, 2011

Body for Life

I have been blogging for a while now.  So its no secret that when my inlaws are in town that I really struggle to stay on track with my eating.  With them come so many goodies and options that I normally do not allow myself.  But I am in no way blaming them.  Its my choices and decsions to make.  And I usually expect that I will give in to all the temptations.  Thats my first problem.  And that is no ones fault but my own.  I am responsible for me.  This weekend was not pretty. 

I have been getting over bronchitis for the last week.  It really got the best of me.  I was pretty sick.  But I am on the mend now.  I am not quite ready to begin exercising again, other than maybe a walk.    Its amazing how much we take for granted. 

A few months ago I was talking to one of my neighbors.  I was telling her about my half marathon and how I had gained so much weight while training for it.  I told her how I really struggled to control my appetite.  One day the hubs was out taking the kids for a walk.  She came out and gave him a book and said she hoped it would help.  Apparently her son is a personal traininer.  He brought it home, and to be honest, the book sat on the counter for weeks.  I picked it up the other day and started looking at it.  Much to my surprise it really intrigued me.  Its called  Body-for-Life.  I had never heard of it and had no intention of even reading the book.  But as I started flipping through the pages it really started to make sense.  I never really understood clean eating, or complex vs simple carbs and so on.  This book simply explained it all and I actually understood it.  The main concept is to eat 6 meals a day with each meal consisting of a lean protein choice and a complex carb(and two veggies a day).  There is even a list to choose from.  And there is a workout schedule to follow as well.  I tend to get overwhelmed and confused with which exercises to do and when.  All of a sudden there is something that makes sense and seems easy to follow.  I have been talking to the hubs about it and he is so supportive and agrees that this is a great thing to try.  He is a firm believer of weight training.

I read the book, cover to cover and now need to make a start date.  The hubs is getting me the appropriate dumbbells I need as well.  I need to go to the grocery store and make meal plans for the week when I choose to start.  Its a 12 week commitment with a plan to follow.  Right up my alley.  I need to take a before picture.  I am all in.

Today's reason for losing weight:
*to not have to worry about what I have that will actually fit today.

Today I am thankful for:
*this feeling of confidence and excitement that I can do this!

4 comments:

Sarah from Onmyweightohappiness said...

Interesting read! Might have to check that book out. The whole carb thing still confuses me, I get some of it but overall it's such a confusing topic!

Polar's Mom said...

Hey Girl-I think some weight training, if you can do it with circuits even better, is a fantastic idea...it is quite a game-changer and I bet you will be happy with how you look and feel!
As for me, I had a horrible week-I ate 6 cupcakes tonight and feel like phoning in the whole week. Oh well, moving on...

SG said...

wow. i just started BFL last monday! i lost 10 lb the first week. (i started at 252.2 though). my husband lost 5 lb the first week. i absolutely love it!

Desert Singer said...

I'm intrigued!! ... going to research and find out more about BFL. Congrats on doing so well so far :-)

Through Medifast I've learned that every time I eat something there should be some protein with it -- not just (empty) carbs... complex carbs with protein (basically, what you just said!).

That is what is so awesome about MF... I can have a MF brownie for breakfast because of the balanced carb/protein ratio in their foods. I look forward to learning more when I start transition and maintenance.

Proud of You! Can't wait to hear how you're doing in 3 months!