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Lean & Strong: Phase 1

I went to the doctor on Friday for my yearly check-up and in the last year, I’ve gained 10 more pounds.  That’s 20 pounds that I’ve gained in the last three years.  I knew I had gained some more weight, but seeing it officially documented was disheartening.

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I talked to my doctor about it.  She didn’t seem overly concerned.  I’m healthy and active, but she said we definitely wouldn’t want to see me gain any additional weight.  We talked about ways that I can avoid more weight gain – cut back on calories, alcohol, and carbs.  She also suggested ways to get in low-impact cardio, since I’m no longer running.

I’ve spent so much time over the last year just trying to focus on being healthy and not paying attention to the scale.  I’ve tried to focus on just doing things that I enjoy and not getting caught up in training plans and diets.  But in doing so, my clothes are tighter and I just don’t feel good about myself at the moment.

The last thing I want to do, however, is get obsessed about losing weight.  That’s not a good place to be.  But I also can’t stay on the path that I’m currently on.  The pounds are going to keep piling up and that’s not good for me, either physically or mentally.

Since Friday, I’ve been thinking about what I can do that is sustainable long-term.  How much do I need to give up in terms of alcohol and certain foods?  How much do I need to exercise and what type of exercise will increase my metabolism?

If I take an honest look at my diet, I eat healthy most days.  However, I have some habits that definitely attribute to my weight gain, so which habits do I need to eliminate in order to stay at a healthy weight?  Most likely, probably all of them, but would eliminating just a couple do the trick and if so, which ones?

That’s when the science-y, nerdy part of my brain got excited and I decided to go about this weight loss plan in research mode.

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So instead of doing a complete overhaul of my diet and workout routine, I’m going to try first making one change a month to see what affects my weight and thoroughly document it to see the effects.

By doing this, I can see what works for me and my body.  Exciting, yes?

I’m going to call this experiment “Lean & Strong” because despite my age, I don’t think that staying lean and strong over the remaining years of my life is an unrealistic expectation.  Being lean and strong will help me stay healthy and active. I’m at my best, both physically and mentally when I stay active, have lots of energy, and am not weighed down by crap that I’m feeding my body.

Phase 1 starts today, September 16 and will go through October 15 and during this time, I won’t drink alcohol.

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I know, right?  But it’s okay.  It’s only for 30 days and it’s just to see what cutting back alcohol does to my weight, if it even affects it at all.

My hypothesis is the following:  cutting out alcohol will cut back on the calories I take in; cutting out alcohol will also decrease my bad food choices that tend to come with drinking alcohol.  Cutting out alcohol = weight loss.

If this works, do I plan on giving up alcohol completely for the rest of my life?  Dudes, you know how much I love my wine, so HELL to the NO.  But wine and I will have to have a serious sit-down conversation about our relationship.

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What do you think about my experiment?  What are your predictions about the results?  I will post updates to let you know how things are going!

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Lean & Strong: Phase 1

    1. Hi, Kat! I feel like a week is not long enough to see results. Besides, a week is too easy! Part of this plan is seeing what changes are sustainable for me. If I can go without (or limit) something (e.g., alcohol) for 30 days and survive with minimal suffering, then I know it’s something that I can continue to do long-term, you know?

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