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Turning a New Old Leaf

I haven't been great about fitness or eating well since I moved to California. Hopefully, that's about to end.

Before I moved, I was in the best shape of my life. It took almost a year of healthy eating, 6 days a week of workouts, and cutting out alcohol completely. It was easy because I had Cousin there. We worked out together, prepare some of our meals together, and supported each other throughout.

This is round 2. It's not going to be easy, but whatever. I started this past Monday, April 15.

While I don't believe it necessary to cut out alcohol completely this time around, my plan includes drastically reducing my alcohol intake; mostly cutting the mindless over-drinking. Until May 4th, I'm attempting to not drink any alcohol unless it's at a CCCP meeting. (I'll flesh out the rest of the alcohol plan when I get through to May.)

I've cut out soda, anything with high fructose corn syrup, most drinks with artificial sweeteners (I will make an exception for the necessary sugar free energy drink here and there, but I'm definitely cutting back on Crystal Light). I have been making infused water and making sure to drink a lot of it. My favorite so far is lemon cucumber ginger mint water! It's fun trying different combinations of fruits and veggies. I'm not huge on normal water, so this is a game changer. My fridge is stocked with so many veggies! I've been eating greek yogurt with banana and some chia seeds in the mornings with a small glass of orange juice. Salads and raw veggies throughout the day. A spoonful of natural peanut butter (the kind with only peanuts and some salt) here and there for some extra umph. I've also been buying the roasted chickens from the grocery store and eating a serving of the meat without the skin once a day. I also have tuna, dill relish (one of the few processed items I decided was okay here and there), and if i really need it (rarely), I have some olive oil mayo to drop in as well. So far so good. I feel good. I eat something small about every 2 hours in hopes of boosting my metabolism, and am getting better about not eating late at night. So I'm happy on the food/drink front.

My sleeping schedule is still in flux, but I'm hoping to get a good 7 hours most nights. Working on that...

I did my first workout today. Need to come up with a real plan, but for today I just followed my old Ab Ripper X video. (And by followed I mean attempted to keep up with, but it was a bit much!) I need to get some protein powder to make it legit.

All in all, I'm excited to be getting this all underway finally. Check on me. Bitch me out if I fall out of step. I'd appreciate it.

Love you guys <3

P.S. Advice and suggestions are welcome! I know you guys know stuff I don't, especially about healthy food prep!



( 9 is a decent number of comments — Be Cool )
Apr. 18th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
Can we be health-up buddies from afar? Seriously, getting back to my sorta normal routine of diet and exercise was supposed to happen January 1, then February 15, then March 1, then April 1, then April 15. Instead, I've been consumed with a particular project that could literally go on for the rest of the year. I can't seem to tear myself away from it when I have the few hours of free time that my life allows. If I go back - er, sorry, when I VERY SOON, like MONDAY go back to my typical exercise schedule, I will have a mere HOUR per day of free time during the work week. Le sigh.

BUT, I'm gonna do it. Let's support each other somehow. Fortunately for me, there's not much "diet" involved. I eat fairly well to begin with. Not great, but fairly well. The big trick of my successful trim diet is to drink only water on weekdays, and allow myself other stuff on weekends only. (Luckily, I'm fine with plain water. Love it, in fact). But it's really the time thing of, typically, an hour's exercise in the morning, five days a week, Same time spent in the evening, four days a week (oooh, one work night off!).

But yeah, I'm in lousy shape compared to a year or so, well, a couple of years ago. Must. Fix. Can we send electric shock to each other over our cells if one of us messes up?
Apr. 18th, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
I'm down for that! Haha
Apr. 18th, 2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
Totally need to get back in the game full time! I've been working out sporadically but plan on getting back to 6 days a week!!!!
Apr. 19th, 2013 12:53 am (UTC)
Do it! The more ppl doing it, the more motivated we'll be :P
Apr. 18th, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
Six days a week?! Psst, Skippy, only gay guys work out six days a week. ;-)
Apr. 19th, 2013 12:52 am (UTC)
Hahahaha Gay guys, and Cousin.
Apr. 19th, 2013 04:21 am (UTC)
I'm pretty gay (except for the part about actually being gay....)
Apr. 20th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
Make me bring my bike over. Just keep bugging me until it happens.
Apr. 21st, 2013 01:12 am (UTC)
I wanna go to the beach `each!
( 9 is a decent number of comments — Be Cool )