This week there was a milestone of sorts. Wednesday marked exactly six months until my 30th birthday. I know, I know, I have enough friends older than me to know not to be upset about that or anything. It did give me pause though. I've chronicled my fitness attempts on here before, and failed. I tried valiantly for two months early last year, but after two months of no results, I quit. There, I owned up to it. I am a quitter.
It was easy to get frustrated though. Two months of hard work, and the scale didn't budge an inch. So I said "screw it" and threw in the towel.
It's time to try again though. I'm trying a different approach this time. I know I need to see some upfront results fast in order to stick with something. I also don't want to do something drastically unhealthy. After a lot of thinking, and reading online, here is my game plan: Atkins and a trampoline. Yes, a trampoline. I'll get to that in a minute.
I'm only on day 2 of the Atkin's and I am hurting. I am a carb fiend. Mexican food containing many tortillas and Italian food with all of its pastas are my favorite foods. Turning away from it (at least for the time being) is a real challenge. Upping the ante is the fact that I made a chicken spaghetti casserole the other night, and it's been in the fridge, taunting me. I literally thought about it ALL day yesterday. So, while this is starting off hard, I have read that it *does* get results quickly, especially the first few weeks. Which is what I need.
I did pretty well at lunch today. I'm sitting here satisfied. It was a big lunch, but I guess that is what it's going to take, to keep me from sitting here daydreaming about chicken spaghetti. I took two big leaves of green lettuce, and laid a red cabbage leaf in each one. Then I whipped up some chicken salad. (canned chicken breast, just enough mayo to hold it together, and then pepper, garlic, and my secret ingredient: celery salt) I split the chicken between the two sets of lettuce/cabbage leaves and then rolled each up, burrito style. I had a piece of cheese and a stalk of celery on the side. I used the whole can of chicken, which is technically two servings, but this is Atkins, where that kind of thing is allll good, holmes.
Ok, enough rambling about that, on to the trampoline thing. I needed an exercise that I could do at home, wouldn't kill my fragile knees, and would be, well, not boring. I don't know how I stumbled on the trampoline thing, but I did. Turns out, it's a real form of exercise, and I can easily do it while the kids run around the backyard. You don't even need to actually jump when you are first starting out. Just standing on it and bouncing gently gets stuff done. I did 30 minutes of it yesterday, and my legs were jello afterward.
So, that's the game plan. I'll try to keep public about how I'm doing, so I'll either spectacularly fail (again) in front of everyone (again), or I'll start a new trampoline craze amongst my friends with my awesome results.
Starting weight: 165
Goal weight: 135 would be amazing, but I'll be ecstatic with 140
I'll either be starting my 30's with a body I'm happy with, or I'll be starting my 30's with the body I have right now. Either way, the clock has started. Six months and counting. . .