Back to Basics

Question. When you end up with a strained back and your doctor puts you on bed rest for a couple days, you have a lot of time to do which of the following:

A)     Watch Friday Night Lights

B)      Eat Cheese Nips and cookies out of boredom

C)      Realize you need to make a change

Trick Question. The answer is D – All of the Above.

A couple years ago, I lost 30 pounds on my own. I didn’t give up any foods or go on any special diets. Instead, I cut down portions and ramped up the intensity of the workouts I was already doing at the gym. It was a very healthy and safe way to lose weight. 

After two years of injuries and extreme stress (the first year due to huge personal losses and the second year due to happy things like buying my first condo and getting my dog, Harry), my weight has climbed up again. Not all of it, but enough to let me know that something isn’t working. It’s beyond vanity. I don’t feel good and I’m extremely self-conscious. You would think since I’ve already lost weight I would be able to do it again easy peasy. Not so. The weight gods are mean! Plus, I’m starting off with an injury.  The Diva Kerr-ina

I strained my back because I had tweaked it in December, didn’t let it heal, and started working out again too soon. But I had a New Year’s weight loss resolution to keep so I ignored the pain. Big mistake.

What does this all mean? I need a plan. A plan that makes sense. A plan that goes back to basics about exercise and nutrition. A plan that doesn’t discourage me or kill my spirit. So allow me to introduce you to…

The Sparkle Plan

The Sparkle Plan will involve big goals and small goals. I blog here at least once a month, so I’m going to use that time to update you on how I did with my goals and set new goals for the next month. Also, a big reminder that goals can alter or change along the way. But for now, this is what I’m setting. Let’s get started.

Big Goals

  1. I would like to lose 25 pounds by the end of 2014.
  2. Run a 5K.

Small Goals – January

  1. Since my back is still getting better I can’t do too much in terms of exercise (which is killing me!). But once I get the green light from the doctor, I’m going to start small. I would like to do 30 minutes of exercise 6 days a week. It doesn’t even have to be 30 straight minutes. Just purposeful movement for 30 minutes. Dog walks not included.
  2. No eating after 9pm.
  3. We are on M&M overload in my office. I don’t want to deny myself completely. So I will allow myself one day to have some M&Ms. The other 4 days I’m at work = no chocolately goodness for moi.

That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it. (Seriously, I have to stick to it or next month’s post is going to be super Debbie Downer.) I hope you will all support me in this scary venture and that I can inspire some goal-making for you too.

In the comments below, feel free to offer advice and/or support. And if anyone wants to publicly announce a goal or two of their own, that would be awesomesauce, and I might just include you in next month’s post. Until then, wish me luck!

*I am not a doctor or anything close to a doctor. In fact, I wouldn’t even be able to play a doctor on TV – too many technical words. Always consult your own physician before embarking on any fitness or eating plan.