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Two weeks down…

Well it has been two weeks since I made the decision to get off my ass and start following my own advice to get back into shape, ok, get into better shape than before I had Baby Ivan 4 months ago (today! Happy 1/3 birthday Ivan!). I decided that the best way to shed the few extra pounds, trim the extra body fat and build the muscle I need to get into my ideal physical shape was to actually treat myself like a client and work through the process with myself, just like I do with them, so that is what I have been doing!

For the past two weeks I have been focusing on the basics – just like I start any new client with – 3 small meals, 3 regular snacks and cutting out the crap. Pretty simple huh? Actually it was. The first thing I did after blogging about my goals – and yes I do encourage my clients to talk about their goals, their plan, their program with anyone who will listen – why? Because the more you talk about it – the more real it becomes, the more a part of your every day routine and the more support you get. It also works as great motivation because we are often to willing to let ourselves down when giving up on a goal but when we know others are watching (especially when we stake our professional reputation on it), we are more likely to wade through the tough days and stay focused on the prize at the end. So yep, I blogged about my goals – I even wrote my goal on our bathroom mirror in lipstick so I could see it every day – my husband also can see it so it reminds him of what I am doing and he can help! And if you don’t think your significant other helps or hurts you in weight loss – you are nuts because they have so much to do with it – it is scary! Most of the time they don’t even know they are doing it, but bringing home treats, eating your favorites in front of you, suggesting fast food or take out and so forth are sabotaging behaviors that are incredibly helpful if they just quit doing them so if by asking them to support you and reminding them of your goal constantly cuts out even one of those behaviors – you are further along than you ever would be on your own!

So my goals set and shared with the world and my husband, I started making a few changes. Normally I don’t recommend a vigorous work out program for new clients – we have to build towards that but since I was starting at a level that already included regular exercise, I chose to increase my intensity, during my workouts. The benefit of these new and improved routines is that my boot camp and step aerobics classes are getting more creative and energetic work outs from me – and even though they are complaining about the work – they sure can’t argue the results πŸ˜‰ . I do have to admit that the one area I have fallen down in over the past two weeks is that I had planned on adding additional workouts to my 3-times a week schedule – including some individual muscle building and body sculpting routines on my own. These never happened. I won’t bore you with my excuses but like I would tell my clients – the only acceptable response to ‘Why didn’t you work out like you were supposed to?” is “Because I didn’t want to!” And when it comes down to it – excuses aside, that is exactly why I didn’t do more in the past two weeks and didn’t hold to that part of my goal, I just didn’t want to get off my ass. Over the next two weeks as I creep towards my first plateau, that HAS to change! So if you see me on the street – ask my how my extra work outs are going – THAT will motivate me because the only thing I hate worse than exercise is losing credibility!

So in addition to eating more regularly and increasing the effort I put into my exercise routines, the biggest change that I have made to my routine is to actually put more thought into what I am eating. I started out, just like any client – by writing down everything I ate. A food intake diary to be reviewed by your nutritionist is a great way to keep junk out of your mouth and off your hips. The funny thing is that I couldn’t quite keep up with itΒ  knowing that it wasn’t going to be reviewed by anyone but me – so instead I just started putting more and more thought into what I ate. Every time I go to grab a snack I ask myself – what would my clients think about this if they saw me eat it? I’ll tell you – that is a huge eye opener! My greatest success was making it through the entire Easter weekend without eating a single chocolate because usually I eat morer than the kids! Actually Sera still has a bag full of bunny treats and mommy hasn’t had a single one! Yeah me! Two days after Easter though, when I could literally hear the chocolate calling me from the other room, I sat down at my computer and developed a recipe for my own homemade chocolate bar – a low sugar, low fat, high fiber, high protein treat that would curb my cravings and OMG they are soooo good! I took the extras to the store all week and gave them away fro free – I have had so many people ask me if they could buy them that I am seriously thinking of packaging and selling them along with a few of my other healthy treats – Butterfly Bars – how much fun would that be? Stay tuned to learn more about THAT new project πŸ™‚

So along with doing great things, I also did some pretty stupid bonehead things – just like anyone else, I am human and cannot stay focused forever. My theory is that everything should be in moderation and you should never be or feel deprived in a weight loss program or you are doomed to fail. As soon as you feel like you are ‘dieting’ or ‘can’t’ have something, it is no longer a lifestyle change you can sustain so I always tell my clients that it isn’t about saying no, it’s about moderation and balance. Except that just like anyone else, I sometimes have trouble drawing the line between balance and excess. Just like this past weekend. Eighteen degrees on a Saturday was screaming for the first bonfire of the year – especially since we had so many branches and excess wood from our recent landscaping job that needed to be cleaned up – and when you have a bonfire with a 6 year old in the house you know what is for dinner – yep, a weiner roast! Now normally you would never catch me eating a hot dog except in support of a charity group having a BBQ fundraiser, but there is something about roasting dogs over an open flame that just can’t be ignored so yep – I had 2! I must admit though that I was very very proud of my husband when he said that he didn’t bother buying marshmallows – if we don’t have them I can’t eat them! Gotta love that man! Unfortunately, since I was working all that day, I have a couple of bottles of milk expressed and ready to go for little Mr. Ivan so instead of just having a glass of wine in the evening, I felt that I could have a couple out by the fire since I didn’t have to nurse – and after my last feeding of the night I did just that, had a couple and maybe even a couple more. So much for moderation – but my head the next morning was a reminder of why 1 or 2 is always better than 3 or 4 or even 5!I also have to admit that there is still some of my left over chocolate bar in the fridge – no matter how healthy it is, nothing is good for you if you eat a whole pan so please come over for a visit and try some – before I eat it all!

Anyways, back on topic again… two weeks into my 3-moth goal of losing 15lbs, 5% body fat and 12″ and the results are in….

9lbs, 2%BF and 4.5″

***Happy Dance***

Now before I get too excited, I have to revert to my self-counseling and remind myself that the beginning of any program always gets the fastest and best results – and then you plateau. In order to break through the plateaus you have to continue to make changes so the next two weeks will see me…

– continue to increase intensity and work to my 80% max whenever I can

– add 1 toning class per week (InfuZion)

– add at least 1 individual muscle building workout

– continue to watch my diet, 3 small meals, 3 snacks a day

– no more than one glass of wine before bed, no matter how great the vintage πŸ˜‰

– no processed meat, bonfire or not

So that is my plan to stay on track and continue to see great results! My husband promised me a shopping trip for new clothes when I reach my goal – and you know there is no greater motivation for me than shopping – especially with his credit card! πŸ˜‰

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