Disclaimer: I was going to wait until tomorrow to share this post with you guys but I’m feeling super guilty for my decisions yesterday.
As I mentioned in a blog post last week, I’m teaming up with Fit CookieMonster in Operation Fit. Amanda, the genius behind the Fit Cookie Monster blog and my new health guide, and I sat down for some Starbucks and brainstorming recently.
I picked her brain about health and fitness and she picked my brain about blogging. It was a match made in heaven and another reminder of how diverse and beneficial my circle of friends can be.
But back to business.
Amanda was so thorough when it came to our initial session. She pulled out a notebook with a few questions she had prepared in order to figure out my eating/sleeping/exercise habits and what she needed to do in order to help me reach my goals.
She inquired about my breakfast, lunch, and dinner routine. How many times I snack and what I’m choosing to eat at those times. She asked about my social life and my work life, if I had the ability to pack food for work and how often the girls and I eat out (which is more than I expected).
I told her about my weakness for the peanut butter and chocolate combination and my allergy to acidic fruits and vegetables. And then came the fun part. My goals.
The goals that I’m reaching for, with the help of Ms. Fit Cookie Monster are:
- Drop 2 pant sizes
- Run a 5K by the end of the summer
- Wear a bikini
It has been almost 3 years since my body has been seen outside in a 2-piece bathing suit. THREE YEARS!!!
Lastly, she needed to know how often I can dedicate to working out and for how long I can work out each time. I committed to 2 days during the week in stone (could be more but never less) and at least 1 day on the weekend (again, could be more). Each work-out will last no more than an hour.
Within 2-3 days, delivered to my e-mail inbox was a 4-page document detailing what kinds of food to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; what food to snack on between meals; and 2 days of exercises to complete.
It was so motivating to see how much work she had put into this program for me. It makes me feel like she’s going to stand behind me during this journey, push me when I need to be pushed, and really help me change my lifestyle.
Sunday, I went food shopping. I got almost everything on the list she sent me, with the exception of chocolate muffin tops that are 100 calories, filling, and $5 a box! But I loaded up on veggies, chicken, yogurt, and much more.
I also took “before” shots and my measurements in order to track my progress more efficiently. And WOW. I look way better in my head than I do in those pictures. I’m also 15 lbs heavier than I realized and my measurements are definitely not the ones rappers sing about in their videos.
I was planning on putting them on my blog with this post to show you guys my starting point but there is not a chance I’d do that to myself (yet). Instead, you’ll see them when I start seeing results.
But this is a race I can’t do alone. I need the help of all of you guys. Motivating comments, tips and tricks that you use for your own health, a volunteer to exercise with me after work, and someone who will push me to choose the grilled chicken off the bar menu instead of the philly cheesesteak.
Great, now I’m craving peanut butter cups. Oy vey, this is going to be a long journey.