Let's tell a story called LOOK AT MY LEGS. This picture was taken four years ago, my freshman year of college with my first roommate on our way to Big Red Welcome.
Looking at this picture did two things for me:
- Reminded me of the good old days in Neihardt;
- Inspired me to print this picture out (with the roommate cut out, of course) and tape in my bathroom mirror as a reminder. Have you seen the Yoplait "Yellow polka dot bikini" commercial? Consider this my polka dot bikini.
Throughout high school I played sports and swam, and so it didn't take any extra effort to work out the way I needed to. In college, without volleyball and offseason conditioning, I wasn't compelled to work out for an hour and a half every day. I would get in to short-lived "kicks," go to the rec for a month or so, and then stop when classes starting piling the work on. When Aaron and I started dating, I traded my evenings at the gym for evenings with him, and thus, the slippery slope. And being married has been fantastic in about every other way but in terms of staying in shape.
My family's going to the beach this summer, and I am letting the above picture, and my favorite swimsuit on a hanger, be reinforcement to make the right choices. I've been faithfully going to the gym, and I'm going to start kickboxing next week. My goal is to lose five pounds a month until May, at which point I'll have met my goal weight. I decided to post this because I know that people read this, and it's a good way for me to stay accountable on the days (like today) when I come home from work and would rather do anything else than workout.
In the kitchen, I plan to keep on keepin' on with meal planning. In my head it's much more difficult to meal plan when Aaron's on set because I don't know if he'll eat when he gets home, and if he's not involved in meal decisions I am afraid he won't like what I make, but I've decided that this is a bad excuse. Aaron is a grown up, and if he doesn't like what I make, he can give me ideas for what to cook, so I'm not going to worry about that. And if he has second meal on set, I can take his portion as leftovers for lunch the next day.
I have a "food/fitness" blog set up, too, where I'm keeping track of these kind of things. I'm excited, and I'm working toward big changes.
If you have any ideas or tips for me as I start this process, let me know. I'd love to know what you think!