I've been running about 4x a week. 3-5 miles each time. I joined a gym and am loving my yoga classes. I've been writing down what I eat because after seeing in print the horrifying evidence that I eat a lot of crap, mentally it's easier to have more willpower.
It's not a diet. I'm not trying to lose bunches of weight. Any woman, no matter how fit, slender and healthy she is, has some sort of issue with her body. As sad as that fact is, it's all a part of being a woman. So yes, I do have areas around my mid-section that I wish weren't quite as squishy. And losing a few pounds wouldn't break my heart. But this is more about a lifestyle change. I'm not getting any younger. That skinny little thing that had a metabolism that would allow a diet of whatever struck my fancy is gone. It takes a lot more effort now and will, I'm sure, only continue to get more difficult. Thus the healthy lifestyle change. I'm not one for fad diets. Not that I've tried one but it seems like once the strict diet is over and you're back to your regular lifestyle, it's hard to maintain. I'm also not one to eat like a bunny. I like to eat. Our society revolves around food. Parties, BBQ's, family dinners, lunch with friends, ward parties...food is a big part of all of that. I'd rather have a little manageable pudge and eat a piece of cake than be a size zero. But excersizing a little restraint when it comes to chocolate and baked goods would probably be a good thing. Also portion sizes. I'm pretty sure I can out-eat my husband.
So...a healthy lifestyle change. Excersizing regularly...despite the fact that it is winter which is usually hibernation time for me. And being more careful about what I voluntarily put into my mouth and ingest...no matter how much I crave it.
This bikini hanging up in my closet is incentive. Oh, I can fit into it right now. But I wish it looked a little better. And I don't ever want to get to a place where I can't fit into it anymore. Which is funny, really, because I actually don't wear it much anyway. A string bikini doesn't make it into the swimsuit rotation during summers at Cherry Hill. The only time it comes out is when Bryan and I are off on a little vacation just the two of us. But I'd like to think I COULD wear it...and look darn hot in it...if I wanted to, you know? So, incentive.