In short: I plan to burn more than I take in. That seems simple enough. Right? Well, if it was so simple, there wouldn't be a multi-billion dollar weight loss industry in this country. My goal is to lose 75 pounds in the course of one year and I want to create lasting habits for a healthy lifestyle. I am going to achieve this by adding one new healthy habit each month. I'll also be weighing in at the end of every week to chart my weight loss. If, at the weigh-ins, it becomes obvious that my "plan" isn't working, I'll add to my regimen!
For the month of June, I am going to take a 30-45 minute power walk every day. I'm not trying to tweak my workout or tone my butt or fit into a special dress or lose 5 pounds for my high school reunion. Until two days ago, I had not worked out in almost two years. But if you want to get moving... then get moving! This morning, for the second day in a row, I laced up my shoes, grabbed my pedometer and walked out the door. I will do this everyday. When the month is over, I'll reassess and add a new habit. July will most likely entail a big shift in my diet.
While I was out on my walk today, I saw all kinds of joggers and runners doing their daily distance training. I was beginning to feel bad about hauling my big, waddling body out in public when this very old man in a pair of bib overalls came walking towards me. He had on a pair of white running shoes and a pedometer. I smiled at him and as we passed he shouted to me in a creaky voice, "Good for us!" Yep - me and the old dude - we're making some changes! I felt so uplifted that I decided to run the rest of the way home. The first five strides were great. Wind in my hair. Smile on my face. Then, when I picked up speed, I about knocked myself out from the back swing of my boobs. I can just see tomorrow's headline: "Dallas area woman suffers concussion from blow to the head by her own breast." Note to self: buy a sports bra.
P.S. I reached 6,000 steps before 11am!