College is great for a lot of things, but it is really hard on the body. I don’t know a single person who didn’t puff up a bit in college, especially during senior year. I thought I would lose the 40 or so pounds (yes I know!) that I put on during college, but instead, my stressful job added 10 more!
Last summer I was able to shed 10 pounds, but put back on 20 after the school year started. That’s a total of 50 pounds higher than when I graduated from high school. I can’t stand that I have gained all this weight, but not just for aesthetic reasons; I hate that I don’t have the built arm muscles from guard and that I just don’t have the stamina I once had. I don’t eat a whole lot, but I don’t drink much water, either, and I like to exercise but I just can’t find the time or am too tired.
So as summer is the rejuvenation time for us teachers, I am clamoring to get back on the wagon. I started going to the gym before school for awhile, but it was just too early. Now, I have definite goals that I want to attain:
- Drink more water! I don’t drink nearly enough. This means cutting out most of the things I drink that are water and replacing them. I’m keeping fruit juice and milk, though, because those have benefits that outweigh calories. Right now I’m loving V8 Fusions Gogi Raspberry.
- Eat healthier. I already eat small portions 95% of the time (that’s what happens when you have a stomach hernia), but I could stand to eat healthier. I don’t have this problem when I cook more often.
- Keep track of food on TheDailyPlate.com. I did this last summer and it is ultimately what kick-started my weight loss! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t calorie count, but this gives me an idea of how I am doing each day and forces me to think about whether something is empty calories or not. I start to consciously make better choices about what I am putting in my mouth. It also tells me the fat, carb, protein, sodium, and cholesterol contents of what I eat, which is another very important health tool.
- Keep up with my accountability buddy (thanks Mandye!) and use her to keep me motivated. This has been a really helpful tool so far. Just being able to talk to someone who is keeping track of my stats on a daily basis, and being there for her really helps me to stay motivated.
- Work on getting my body into shape. This can’t just be a diet; it has to be a lifestyle change. I’m going to start toning and shaping as much as possible, as well as just increasing my general cardiovascular health. I don’t want to have a heart attack when I’m 30! I’m going to start using my dumbbells everyday, as well as add in some sort of aerobic workout. I’m looking forward to swimming with the kids this summer especially.
- Running! I have always wanted to run. I have envied runner’s for the longest time. It looks so peaceful. I mean, sure, it’s hard work, but it’s also you time that is relaxing and helps you to meditate a bit each day. I started jogging the other day (I’m a horrible, terrible jogger, so running is going to take awhile!) but I am starting Runner’s World’s beginner training program on Monday. I’m really excited about this one!
I think that’s all the goals I have right now. I’m going to keep posting my major milestones here along with all of my other random crap 🙂