Rather than wishing, wanting and hoping to lose weight, I am going to instigate a plan. Doesn't that sound like a good idea? I wonder where I might have gotten such a wise idea, oh wonderful world of Spark?
I have 54 weeks until I get married. I want to lose between 40-45 pounds before then. That gives me a safe, do-able rate of a one-pound-a-week loss. But I know how weight loss works. Sometimes you lose, sometimes you gain. As long as I can keep the movement going down more than up, I think this is an achievable goal.
I have started tracking again. This will give me an idea of how many calories I have been eating and adjust it according to the Spark plan.
Cardio: Walking, biking, swimming (!), elliptical or treadmill, 10 minutes every day, 30 minutes three times a week and 60 minutes twice a week.
Strength training: 3-4 times a week. I have to get to my gym 12 times a month to get my discount, so there's an added benefit. And my gym is great for strength training - there are tons of machines, and if you don't feel like entering the testosterone zone, there's a women only room, with a few machines and free weights. I go in there if the boys are grunting too loudly!
This plan allows for those days when I just can't seem to find any time in the work day for exercise. I will make sure I spend more time on the weekends, and allow myself two days a week to only do 10 minutes. Part of it is just mindset. Last night I had some errands to run, and then dinner to make and by the time we were done eating and the clean up was almost done, it was 8 p.m. Yes, I could have gone to the gym, but I didn't feel that I had the energy for that. I did, however, have the energy to take a 20-minute walk around the neighborhood, so I did that, which is better than vegging out on the couch or finishing that bottle of wine.
Speaking of, part of the plan is to cut way way way back on the alcohol and treats. My fiance is horrible about the sweets - he wants dessert more than any man I have ever met. He is a terrible influence! And I am a terrible influence about the wine. I love having wine with dinner, and between the two of us, we can easily drink a bottle.
A quick search online gave me a range of calories for a bottle of wine, from 450-650 but the most common amount was 500. So using 500 calories for easy math, if we get 4 glasses out of a bottle, that gives us 125 calories a glass. So that is easily 250 calories a day if we have a bottle a day. We have agreed to cut way back on the wine and only have it twice a week.
So using last night as an example, we did not have wine, and I went for a short walk. According to Spark, I burned about 150 calories. Plus, I didn't drink 250 calories, so that puts me ahead 400 calories already!
I think this is going to be a good plan.