Over the summer, I got a bit too accustomed to wearing looser tops and dresses, which I loved in terms of comfort but now am feeling some of the repercussions of it. Now that it’s Fall (minus the leaves turning gorgeous colors… but still, it’s closed toe shoes time in SoCal) and I’m now wearing more form-fitting sweaters and jeans, it’s feeling too snuggly-wuggly for my taste. In some jeans, there’s muffin top action going on, so apparently, I’ve been slipping up with my eating. And, if I’m honest with myself, with my workouts, too, as I’ve shortened my workouts in order to get into work earlier.
Though I know it could possibly change as various stages of life go on, where I’m at now, I’m still in the school of thought that the answer is to not buy the next size up, but rather work with what I have in terms of clothes and trim down. It’s kind of like working with a, oh hey – budget! 😉 So that’s exactly what I plan to do – challenge myself to slim down and trim up during Fall. Nothing crazy, probably 10 or so pounds, though I’m more focused on getting leaner than numbers.
Since it’s still way too dark for my comfort level even at 6:30 a.m., I’m going to do most of my workouts at the gym. Also, since my wedding dress is pretty arm and shoulder baring, I’d also like to focus on more upper body strength training since I’d like the event to be part-wedding, part-gun-show. 😉 So in order to accomplish this, I’m going to follow Jamie Eason’s program. If you don’t know who she is, Jamie Eason is a super knowledgeable and motivating fitness model, who is so incredibly inspiring (she beat cancer) and likable, that it’s hard to not have respect for her. I’m going to go ahead and skip to Phase 2, though, since Phase 1 has no cardio so I suppose I loosely followed this last month. I like the workouts in Phase 2, as it has a hybrid of cardio and strength training, plus it’s with the frequency I usually do workouts, anyway – I just now have a set plan each day rather than winging it (and half-assing it).
More importantly, I’m following the diet plan, since workouts are important, but it’s more so what you put in your mouth the other 22-23 hours outside of working out! I’m not worried about giving up booze or going out to eat (if I do, there’s a lot of healthy options these days), though sweets will be a challenge. It’s also interesting to know that my friends who are pregnant but have gestational diabetes (it sounds like it will go away once they give birth, though) follow a program similar to this, so I suppose I have a nutritional support network there of sorts!
I’m not sure how frequently I’ll be posting updates on this, but I will at least post again after Phase 2. I’ve previously had struggles with getting too obsessive with this kind of stuff in the past that I won’t bother rehashing, so this is the main reason why I don’t want to think/post about it too frequently (plus, it gets kind of boring). Still, though I know I’m not obese, I do know what it’s like to not be at my level of feeling really confident, so I’m going to give this a shot. B, who is pretty muscular and stocky but apparently blames my cooking for him putting some pounds on, also wants to look smokin’ for our wedding, so he’s all for this challenge (though he does more advanced workouts). He’s actually already slimmed down like 5 pounds within days, which makes me want to stab him (lovingly, of course ;)).
Anyway, if anyone else wants to do this or some variance of a Fall Slim Down Challenge, I’d love to know. It’s always nice when someone out there has the same goals as you.