Weight loss boot camp – god help me

Growing up, weight was never an issue for me. Even in my mid twenties and early thirties, I wasn’t quite as thin as my teen years but I was able to hang on to a slender self with little effort or focus.

Since coming into my mid-thirties, it’s started to change. Before my wedding in April, I wasn’t at my happiest weight, but I certainly felt okay and comfortable with my body – not quite a slammin’ 10 but I felt a very satisfying 7-8ish. Since returning from our Dominican wedding however, I have put on over 15 pounds – pushing me over the happy/unhappy body image threshold. And I haven’t felt able to get a handle on the situation.

In sharing my latest weight angst with some friends, they thought that perhaps a little accountability might help me get a grip on my weight. So we agreed, by our next dinner date on December 11, I would drop 10 pounds; essentially giving me five weeks to hit my goal. I may be biting off more than I can chew at losing 2 pounds a week (yikes) but I’ll give it a go!

I am excited and hopeful for success because this falls in line with the boot camp strategy I’ve been reading a lot about as of late in regards to National Novel Writing Month where people sign up to write a novel in 30 days. And I was reading about Creativity Boot Camps on the Happiness Project blog. It’s a strategy you can apply to almost any project such as finishing a scrap-book, a gardening project, or finishing up those thank you cards.

The boot camp approach speaks to me because it’s fast, furious and focused! Given that I am prone to serious bouts of procrastination, I think the smaller, attainable goals over a shorter period of time will help me stay focused and motivated. It’s not like I can put it off whereas if I was looking at losing 30 pounds in five months, I’d always be gearing up to start my weight loss program tomorrow.

Here’s the plan – November 5 to December 11:

Exercise. Since I HATE the gym, I moved my Pilates reformer (and cardio bouncer) into the living room where I can’t miss it. Yes, if we have guests over, it will be an eyesore but hiding it in my office means it doesn’t get used so – we’ll go with new decorative eyesore! For cardio, I have given myself the option of cardio bouncing on the Pilates machine for at least five minutes each day or walking the dog for 20 minutes. For strength, I will do my 40-minute Pilates routine on the reformer three times a week.

Eating. I will reduce eating out (restaurants/fast food) to once a week, at most. I will come up with a weekly meal plan every Sunday. I will increase my fruits and veggies, remove all white stuff from the menu – only whole wheat or whole grain, and I will aim to eat less than 1500 calories a day.

Maybe a boot camp is the way to go. I’ll keep you posted.

How do you stay focused on your weight loss and healthy lifestyle goals?

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