My first day of the cleanse is done! Phew. Praise God for his generous mercies as I started my day off and gave everything over to him in prayer. My energy was pretty good throughout the day. I hit a lull (and jet lag around 5pm). I managed to stay awake until 9:30pm and slept until 5:30am. I think by tomorrow I'll feel adjusted to L.A. time again.
I didn't exercise. It's definitely harder to do while doing a cleanse simply because you don't have as much energy. I don't want to risk getting sick or burning out early from all the traveling, so I will probably only walk or do very low impact exercises for the next 4 days. Val and I did take the kids to the beach in the afternoon and Natasha and I took a 30 minute walk down the beach path. We had a sweet time together- mostly me explaining that I don't have it out for her and yes, there are other parents who make the kinds of rules that we do. Apparently, I'm the world's worst mom right now ;) Thankfully, I have lots of support and love reading my mom-friendly blogs to encourage me through these teenage years with my daughter. A few of my favorites are www.thebettermom.com and www.septembermccarthy.com .
Today, I wanted to chat about formulating a plan- which is found in Chapter 4 of Reshaping It All. As I pondered on the flight home, I knew that I'd have some decisions to make before I started losing a few pounds. It's so important that we don't just decide to do something and jump in without much thought. It only sets us up to fail more easily. I knew I wanted to start off with a cleanse, so that was set, but after that? What changes would I make in my diet? What exercises would I do and what would that look like during my week? When things are organized and on schedule, the likelihood of success is increased.
I'm already a healthy eater. I won't have to adjust that too much, just get back on track. I'll go into that in the days to come. What my biggest decision will be is the kind of exercise I'll do. I love changing it up. Should I try a new fitness video? Should I run and lift weights? Go back to pilates? Try spinning again? I love the thought of ALL of these and I'm sure I'll be doing each of them- just not at the same time! That's what great about seasons. If the weather is nice during the summer, exercise outdoors. When it gets cold, hit the gym. Your body will also thank you for changing up your exercise routine and I'll bet you'll see the pounds drop when you do.
For now, I've decided to continue running outdoors while the weather is nice and hit the gym to lift weights with a trainer. I'm still not all that comfortable in the weight area of the gym on my own- even though I've been lifting for over a year now. Sometimes I'll follow Val, but his routine isn't specific enough for me- as a woman. I decided a trainer for this area of expertise was worth it. I'm also going to incorporate pilates twice a week. I take group classes so it's less expensive. It's killer on your core and helps your posture SO much. I am definitely a strength girl vs. a cardio girl. I love using my muscles so much more than just sweating it out by running, spinning or on an elliptical machine. But a combination of both is the best. Also, when you build muscle, it increases the rate at which your body metabolizes and helps you burn faster. The number on the scale may not decrease as much since muscle weighs more than fat, so don't get discouraged.
Formulate your plan and let's share with each other what's working for us! I love reading your comments.
P.S. Check out my friend Summer's blog post today about all the changes she's making for her family regarding food. It's SUPER inspiring!
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