August Action Plan

That’s right…I’ve got an action plan! I have to keep trying until something sticks. Because I am sick and tired of feeling gross and being tired! I want to feel good and be active with my kids. They’re young and deserve an active mama. Because this girl has gotten LAZY this summer.

So I don’t know if this plan will be the one but I’m going to try it. The biggest change is me ditching the scale for the month. Im going to weigh & measure myself on August 1st, then put the scale away until September 1st. I’ve once again become dependent on that number on the scale. It then determines my attitude for the day. Which usually means my attitude will suck. (Insert eye roll here)

The rest is really just a recommitment to counting and burning calories and drinking water. I recalculated my BMR & AMR to help guide me on how much I should be eating and burning daily. Knowing I’d like to have a 1,000 calorie deficit daily to hopefully lose an average of 2lbs per week.

I’ve set up my journal for the month and I’m giving the goals a test run today.

Week Two… Seemed harder than week one!

I thought I was killing week two. I’m not kidding. I felt good. I felt full most days, like I wasn’t depriving myself. I felt empowered hitting my exercise goals daily.

That came crashing down this morning when I stepped on the scale. Now I know that isn’t a true picture of what’s going on. I’m going to try something a little different this week because maybe I’m not eating enough calories for how much I’m moving. This is a constant learning curve for me. I haven’t found the magic mix for me yet when it comes to how much I should eat matched with how much I work out.

My measurements changed which helps me feel a little better. I’m going to just keep pushing and forget what the scale says. Know it will either catch up or not matter because my clothes fit better.

Calories for week two

Food Snaps from the week.

Find Small Ways To Move More

LITTLE-WAYSAdd a little here and there to your everyday activities and you can reap the benefits for mind, boy and mood.  Add activity to each day!

There’s good reason to get in more physical activity.  Ramping it up can improve your quality of life, lower your risk of diabetes and help you lose weight.

The solution is fairly simple, instead of re-working your whole day to carve out large chunks of time for a trip to the gym or do a workout video.  Look for ways you can change up your regular routine to add more movement in.  Some other good news- you can forget the notion that you must do all of your 30 minutes of activity together in the day for it to count.  Small bursts of activity here and there – like taking the stairs instead of the elevator can add up and contribute to the benefits of physical activity.

As you get in that extra movement throughout the day, give yourself credit!  No matter how small – an extra minute of walking or takin the groceries into the house one bag at a time (if your like me this one will never happen – I’m a one trip, carry it all, even if I die kind of girl – haha).  Such simple acts of attention can actually pay off: Research suggests that when people acknowledge their everyday physical activity and believe that it’s beneficial, they see greater improvements in their health (Yup, that includes weight loss), than those who neither acknowledge it nor expect health benefits as a result.

Here are a few ways to sneak in some activity during the day:

Go upstairs or downstairs to the next-nearest restroom.

Park in the farthest spot in the lot.

Do squats while prepping dinner.

Have a walking meeting with a friend or colleague.

Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Put extra flowers in the garden.

Lunge while your coffee brews or while you brush your teeth.

Pace while talking on the phone.