In less than 2 months I will be turning 28. That means that in just over 2 years I will be turning 30. (OMFG!) For the past 10 years I have basically said at least once a week, “when I am skinny I will wear this…” or “when I’m a size 10 I will do that….”. I’ve spent so much time wishing my life away, dreaming of the day I’m thin that I never thought that time would actually pass me by so fast, and other than a lot of yo-yo dieting, I’ve never got to wear or do anything that I said I would because, well, I never lost the weight.
As a yo-yo dieter, in the last 10 years I’ve been down to a size 8, up to a size 18, back down, and up again. I’ve tried most fad diets as well just healthy eating, but I’ve never actually been able to stick to anything; I’ve never just been able to stick to it no matter what life has thrown at me. I’ve found trends in my weight fluctuation, like when I’m single I lose weight and when I’m in a relationship I gain weight, but more about that in the “About me” section.
So, as everyone knows, your metabolism drops dramatically when you turn 30, and losing wieght and getting fit become increasingly difficult. My goal is to get into the best shape of my life by the time I turn 30 by living a healthy lifestyle, and maintaining it throughout my thirties and beyond. I don’t just want to “lose weight”; in fact, the numbers on the scale dont bother me too much. I’d love to fit comfortably into size 10 jeans, and become really fit and strong. I don’t just want to “go on a diet”, lose weight, then come off the diet and put it all back on. I need a complete lifstyle change. I need to eat clean 80% of the time and exercise regularly. I want to be able to run 5k in under 30 minutes and walk into the weights room in the gym and lift heavier than half the men in there.
I think 2 years is a realistic timeframe to acheive this. I need to lose the weight slowly so that I am burning fat, not muscle. For the first few months I will be doing it on my own without the help of a coach. I have enough weight to lose that just cutting my portions, watching what I eat and working out 4 times a week will get me results. When I hit a plateu or when I have lost enough weight, then I will think about hiring a personal trainer and following a specific plan.
“So how are you holding yourself accountable?” I hear you ask. Well, this is why I’m starting this blog. I am using it as a diary to record my progress, to review any new health and fitness trends, products and recipes and just as a place to rant or let out my frustrations! I am hoping this blog will keep me on track as if I fail, the whole world will know and well, that would be embarrassing! But if I reach my goal, then I can look back on this to see how far I’ve come, and if no one reads it, then so be it, but if I inspire just one other person to follow me and reach their goals, then amazing!
So here’s to the next 2 years. Cheers.