Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Road to becoming healthier.
So as summer is drawing to a close, I realized something; I haven't worked as hard on becoming healthy as I was planning to this summer. I've done more eating and sitting around and being lazy than working out and staying active. I guess it's easy to do when it's 100+ degrees outside and you're home alone all day; what's the point in tackling such hot, uncomfortable weather when I can sit comfortably on my computer or watch anime?
I need to change this!
I'm going to start slow though; when I try to take it all on at once, it never works out in my favor. But there was one point in the summer when I was losing weight for AKON that I lost, like, seven pounds, roughly five pounds in a week! And that was through exercising daily, eating and drinking right. I need to take on that mindset again but push it even further this time and keep it up, not just let it fail entirely.
Here's my plan!
1) Journal -- journal more, everyday, about what I eat and drink. Physically write it down. This way, I'm seeing on paper how much I consume instead of listening to my body say it tastes good so I keep eating it.
2) Drink more water -- this is key. At least eight glasses a day; I drink TONS of soda. So I need to compensate; less soda, more water.
3) Drink only light colored soda -- when I DO drink soda, I'm gong to try to make it Sprite or light colored soda only. Dark sodas are just awful for you. Those need to be a rare treat, or just not at all.
4) Soda with real sugars in it -- when I DO drink soda, even if it's a dark soda, I need to drink soda that has real sugars in it. Diet sodas are totally hypocritical; sure they don't have calories, but the fake sugars trick your body into thinking it's consuming real sugar when it's not. This also leads to you always feeling more hungry and consuming more food your body really doesn't need.
5) Exercise 3 times a week, for at least 30 minutes -- I'm going to try to bump this up to every day, but for now, due to schedules and conflicts, 3 times a week will have to do. From this I'll see when I can definitely work out if I can't eventually work out every day, or if working out every day is possibly after-all.
6) More fruit, less chips -- Basically find better ways to snack. How about some carrots instead of those Cheez-its? Why not some strawberries as a sweet treat than an ice cream sandwhich? A banana gives you more potassium for stronger muscles than snacking on chips will ever do. If I really want to treat myself, I need to do it in a healthy way -- low sugar/low fat ice cream, or even just a sweet tasty smoothie instead of a frappuchino or a milkshake.
7) Portion, portion, portion -- I need to watch my portions. When I go to restaurants, especially, it's hard to not eat all that food they give you; but that's not an excuse! I need to either save half of it for later, share it with someone, or tell them to not send out as much or something. And when I can choose my portions, I need to choose the right sized ones.
8) Accountability -- help me stay accountable! I'm very poor with my diet and exercise, and I think it's a comfort thing.. I go to food for comfort when I'm upset or stressed, because it's instantly there and always tastes good. I need to look out for my own body though, plus, I want to lose weight and look better too, for self-esteem and confidence issues I'm facing. Accountability is a soul thing that keeps me motivated and convicted, so, be annoying if you must! Haha.
That's all I can think of...and my goal weight loss is.. 20-30 pounds. Not necessarily by a certain time, just within a few months I want to lose that much and gain muscle tone instead. I want to feel good about myself, and literally feel BETTER in general.
Benefits of this road to becoming healthier:
- Higher self esteem and confidence
- More energy
- Routine sleep cycle again
- Less stress/a way to vent stress
- Strength building
- Focus and motivation
- A new goal to aim for
- Physically fit
- Live longer xD
Okay! Here goes nothin'! I'm gonna' do this! >:D