One of the changes I have made is to get back to the way I ate and exercised in 1999-2004. Yes, it is a new change (not a resolution, ahem) but I am committed to seeing it through this time and not allowing a small glitch in the plan to completely side track me.
That plan, through which I was able to take off 60 pounds from 12/99 to 10/00, consisted of healthy eating and regular exercise; namely a lot of cardio. I would do at least 2 longer cardio sessions per day five days a week, lift weights 3 days a week, and never ate any food (unless on a date) after 7 PM. I drank alcohol moderately and didn’t eat like a freak. I just worked out more if I ate poorly (usually on a date). Dates, parties, and holidays were really the only thing that wreaked havoc on my workouts and eating plan.
While on that plan I was the healthiest I had ever been and I felt the best. I had low body fat, good muscle tone, I was strong, had little to no knee pain in my left knee, and my blood pressure was normal. I felt good about how I looked.
Since I am 10 years older, have more weight to lose this time, blood pressure to drop, and knee pain to combat, I have ramped the plan up just a little bit.
Here is my goal schedule for January:
- Small bursts of cardio 3 times per day all 5 weekdays: AM Turbo Jam MINIMUM 20 MIN, Lunch Treadmill or Bike 20 MIN, PM Elyptical or Treadmill MINIMUM 20 MIN
- At least one workout day per weekend. On travel weeks the 5th 3 time cardio day will move from Friday to Saturday
My first “weigh-in” to see how the cardio is working will be 1/24/10. Of course, I am more worried about how my clothes fit and how I feel than the number on the scale, but that number is at an un-healthy state, so I am scheduling weigh-ins at each 3 week cycle to check my progress.
Once I have lost 25 pounds I believe I will be able to change the cardio plan. I don’t expect to be able to do that for months, but the knee is the dictating factor here, so I am planning to evaluate monthly and post progress here. If I work the cardio right, I should be able to ask a little more of my knee and add squats and lunges to my plan, I can decrease the number of times I do cardio down to two while maintaining the same losses. It should be warmer by then, too, and I can slowly add biking then swimming into the plan and achieve much more rounded workouts and keep my body guessing.
That is off in the future, though. For now it is my three a day cardio blasts and eating healthy. Next check in 1/24. I will work hard to reach my goal. I know my blood pressure will thank me for it!