Sunday, December 18, 2011

NaBloPoMo Round 2, Day 18: Gearing Up for the New Year

I don't really believe in new year's resolutions, but I do like the whole sense of a fresh start that the new year brings. Once you are past the holidays, it is a little easier to focus on fitness goals.  I am fortunate enough to have a few extra days off in January before classes start, so I intend to get some extra activity in and really focus on eating clean and getting things organized. Of course, I'm not waiting for the new year to get started. I'm using December to start planning and working toward that healthy fresh start.

I had six or seven exercise classes that were going to expire at a fitness studio where I usually take Pilates. I decided to spend them all rather than trying to extend them into the New Year. I thought this would give me a bit of a fitness head start. I'm taking classes that I don't usually take to shake things up and figure out what classes I like. I will be working on a new workout schedule that incorporates more strength training and also hits each of the three disciplines (running, biking, swimming) at least once a week.

My husband and I also have agreed that we need to do a better job of planning our meals.  I bought a little dry-erase board for the fridge that was intended as a family schedule. We are going to use the big space to write in meals and the smaller spaces to put important events. The goal is to sit down and plan out meals and a shopping list each week together.

I bought Flat Belly Diet book (in Kindle format) for my iPad and am going to pick up a copy of the Flat Belly Diet Cookbook for recipe ideas.  I don't plan to follow the diet exactly (no 1200-calorie jump start for me, thanks), but I do think the philosophy fits the foods we both like very well and the recipes seem like things we would like. We both would like to lose weight, especially in the belly area, and if eating things like nuts, avocados, olive oil, and dark chocolate would help, then that's terrific.   The plan also emphasizes healthy, whole foods, which is another plus in my book.  The meals seem sized well for my appetite and having some leftovers that my husband could take in his lunches would be a nice bonus.  I also have Full-Filled on pre-order to help me get my head together.

The final thing I need to work on is stress management. I need to have systems in place for keeping the house organized, because when it's a mess I feel like a mess. These systems need to involve both human members of the family (cannot get the cats to pick up after themselves no matter how much I lecture them) and need to be simple.  I also need to plan in time for relaxation instead of overscheduling myself so much.

Does that sound like a lot? It is, but I have the rest of December to work out the details.

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