Tuesday, July 14, 2009

21 days

I need to go on a diet. Despite the ambivalence I wrote about not long ago, I can't ignore the fact that my clothes are getting too tight. It doesn't help matters that I am a fairly petite person who gains weight primarily in my waistline (what waistline?!).

The thing is, I eat quite well and I do exercise regularly. I blame the 6-week chocolate, croissant, and cheese binge that was our house-swap last winter. Not quite sure how it's just finally settling around my middle now, but these are details I don't need to work out.

What I do need is to kick things up a notch here, since adults supposedly gain a pound a year just by doing everything exactly the same as we've been doing it (ah, the joys of the over-35 metabolism).

So, I have devised a plan. It goes like this:
  • Exercise every single day for an hour. This is through a combination of yoga and pilates classes during the week, and then things like family bike rides and home exercise on the weekends. Bonus for extras like going on a long walk on a day when I did a yoga class.

  • Eliminate the following from my diet: refined sugar, most flour, most alcohol. Why “most”? Because I'm human and as soon as you take away all the good stuff, I buck. I'm a baking fool, after all. So there will still be an occasional homemade pizza, or a glass of wine on a night when I'm likely to hurt someone without it! But mostly I'm enjoying fresh fruits and veggies, brown rice, eggs, tofu, seafood, and some dairy.

Why 21 days? Because that's when we leave for our vacation to U.C. Santa Barbara Family Camp(I'd be lying if I didn't mention that the thought of being surrounded by 18-year-old U.C. students was motivation enough!) 21 days seems manageable, and it seems long enough to see some results.

Why am I writing about it here, instead of giving you a lovely muffin recipe? Accountability, of course! And because, since misery loves company, I thought I'd see if anyone wanted to join me? If you're local, perhaps we could do some exercising together. If you're virtual, we could share recipes, successes, failures (it helps to plan ahead!), whatever.

Who's in?

P.S. I don't own a scale, so I'm not using weight as a measurement of success here. I just want my pants to fit comfortably around my waist again!

P.P.S. I started this plan on Monday, so I'm wrapping up day 2 now. 


dms said...

I just love your blog!
Regarding exercise...I know you think I'm bonkers for running...but I have slimmed down in NO TIME, and feel fantastic! Here is the interval training program I used.
Just in case you get the itch. ;)
It really really works! And is easy..one-day-at-a-time.
21 days to form a new habit...soon you will be protecting your workout time from all other distractions.
Good luck, Missy!
You can do it!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of your writing too.

The thing that's worked for me to get into shape is what I call a feast and famine diet. I restrict myself to the lowest calorie intake that's healthy during the week and then on the weekend I have fondue or something equally over-the-top.

After a year I'm down 20kg, and am getting very very close to my goal weight/waist.

Of course I also spend at least 3 or 4 hours a week on the bicycle, and carry a 2-year-old on my back walking around town on the weekends.


Strongrrl said...

Diane: Actually, although I joke about running, the truth is I can't run. Remember how bendy I was in high school? ell, that was due to some serious hypermobility, that has lead to a lifetime if back problems. Basically, my ligaments are like stretched-out rubber bands now, so I have no bounce. Any impact (like running) just feels like bone on bone to me. That said, you are dead right about my needing to do cardio. Unfortunately, I *hate* cardio! (but I'm working on it. Slowly).

Mark: Sounds like a great plan for you. Congratulations on the weight loss. My approach to dieting is similar — cutting back on most days, and being more indulgent when specific opportunities arise. And thanks for the writing props. Always nice to know someone out there is reading what I write!

Dana said...

Why don't you just buy bigger clothes?!

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