They really are everywhere out there, aren’t they? Blogs about what someone ate today or what work out he or she did or the amazing weight loss transformation they’ve accomplished. Some of them drive me just a little bit crazy. I have never had a desire to follow someone’s blog where they post pictures of every single bite of food they put in their mouth on a daily basis or video every run they go on. It has always seemed a little vain to me.
However, I can’t promise that this blog will be any different. Well, I can assure you I won’t be posting pictures of everything I eat…but I may talk about them. But then again, this blog is for ME, not for readership. This is going to be my online journal to a healthier lifestyle – a place where I can celebrate successes and rant about challenges. It’s been a long time in the making. If you’d like to join me on my journey, here’s a little bit about me and my plan for a healthier lifestyle.
I graduated from architecture school in 2007. The last year of school was tough. I was not getting enough sleep and not making healthy food choices; when you’ve been up all night in studio, the McDonald’s drive through looks pretty good at 5am. I gained about 25 pounds. I took a job in a place where I didn’t know many people, and though I made lots of friends, I always seemed to have tons of time for myself. I joined a gym, started running, and also joined Weight Watchers. In a few months, I had lost more than I had gained, become a Lifetime member of WW, and run in my first 5k race. I was quickly a fan of both Weight Watchers and road races. After toughing out my first job out of college for a year, I decided to change jobs and locations. I found a great job in a city where many of my college friends now lived. However, I never found Weight Watchers meeting that I enjoyed as much as my previous one – so I stopped going, thinking I keep at it on my on. Slowly, the tracking stopped, the hanging out increased, and the pounds crept back on. I would get back on the wagon for a little while, lose a few pounds, then stop tracking again, and gain a few back.
Now here I am, 5 years since graduating and back at my heaviest, once again getting serious to shed those extra pounds. But this time, it’s going to be a little different. While I do want to lose those pounds, I am going to be focused on creating a healthy lifestyle – not just the number on the scale. Weight Watchers always emphasized that, but I was able to lose my weight through exercise and portion control more than making lasting dietary changes. I also know that I cannot go at it on my on – literally or figuratively. I am recently married and lucky enough that my husband (and biggest supporter) also wants to start eating healthier. While he doesn’t have weight to lose, he does understand the importance of nutrition.
So what’s the plan? Well, the husband loves Crossfit, and I’m some-what of a fan. We were doing WOD (workout-of-the-day) regularly, or at least a modified version for what we could do…until this spring when we signed up for a marathon and training for it took over our lives. We ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC in October (which was amazing and humbling all at once – a great experience, but don’t think that marathon training leads to weight loss – IT DOESN’T!), so now we’d like to focus on weight training again. Before I dive back in to Crossfit, I would like to commit 90 days, starting December 1, to P90X.
In addition to the workouts, Crossfit emphasizes healthy eating – using the block method of the Zone Diet. I’ve got a little more research to do about this, but also starting on December 1, we are going to start following the Zone. I realize that, with both, I need to start small and build up, that this journey is about progress, not perfection. While I do have a ideal weight goal, instead of focusing on it, I will make performance goals instead. There are other ways to measure progress than only by the number on the scale.