Sunday, March 11, 2007

Countdown to Mexico

In 33 days, Tim and I will be flying to Mexico, just the two of us! I want to feel confident in a bikini, and feel like it's ok to indulge a bit. So it's time to create an actual plan, as opposed to the "I try to workout nearly every day and do whatever crosses my mind" non-plan that I've been following. Here are the elements I've come up with so far:
  1. No eating after 9:00 pm. My usual m.o. is to eat cereal with rice milk within about 30 minutes of bedtime. As per Bob Greene's new best life book, it will not kill me to go to bed a little hungry. In fact, he's a proponent of a 7:30 cutoff time, but that's just a little too drastic for me to get my mind around.
  2. 5 days a week of Cardio Coach. I did CC number 5 on the ARC trainer last night (HARD!), and did number 1 just running on the street today. Both were excellent workouts. There's a part in #5 where he's talking about a lion and a gazelle, both of whom are fighting for survival, and at the end of a challenge, he inquires, "Chase or be chased?" My immediate answer was "I run my own race!" It felt empowering.
  3. 3 days a week of strength training. This will include pushups, pullups, kettlebell swings, thrusters, step ups, and anything else that will help to build muscle.
  4. Weekly progress checks. I will weigh myself once a week, and based on results, may adjust program as needed.
  5. 5 vegetables a day. I'm getting a lot better about eating fresh stuff, but upping the non-starchy carbs has NEVER moved one in the wrong direction in terms of weight, at least not that I'm aware of.
  6. (This is the most exciting one!) I'm getting a Bodybugg! There's a trainer at a super nice club in Roseville who is the Bodybugg guy. I've already talked to him once about using the Bodybugg for my clients so they can get an accurate picture of how many calories they're burning. So I'm calling him tomorrow, and hoping to have one by the end of the week. He claims I won't want to give mine up, and that he wears his all the time. We'll just have to see about that, but I am confident that it will help to know what I'm burning. (Stacy, you'll get your turn right after Mexico!)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

YEAH Me!! Thanks Leslie. (stacy)

Brit-Man said...

Some Non-starchy Carb sources, I.E. some of the Simple Carb sources, have an effect on Blood Sugar levels anyway, and not necessarily cause weight gain, except when the calories are potentially consumed to excess.

As for not eating later at night, the flipside of the coin, is having to go for an additional 3 hours without food, and therefore, the body will use those hours, Catabolising muscle for fuel, instead of Carbs.

I can't see that being a big problem personally, it's difficult to say how it would make you feel, so I expect, it's a case of suck it and see basically.

As for the way you want to look and feel. You have every right to feel confident in a Bikini. You did a figure contest, and you looked great, so there's no reason to be getting any negatives about Mexico, because you will NOT look out of place anywhere south of the border. FACT!!!!!!!

The main thing is to make the best of the coming weeks, as you always do do. just trust in yourself, beleive in yourself, be strong, and know your full range of capabilities.

You deserve this time away, and you deserve to feel special, and get some addiitonal time to do what you want.

You'll make the coming few weeks, the best you can, and you'll give it your usual 100% effort, and look and feel great because of it.

You're always an inspiration, so GOOD LUCK, best wishes, and keep letting that big Heart of yours, guide you to all the right outcomes, and results.

YOU CAN DO IT Leslie, because you never fail to make the best of your knowledge, understanding, and human attributes.

WELL DONE for everything you've achieved, and thanks for always being an wonderful person.

It means a lot to know people like you are out there in the world. It helps maintain my belief in the world, having a positive side to it.

Keep smiling, and very best wishes.

:-) :-).

Matt

Jen said...

Wow - another vacation! You guys have quite the lifestyle - I gotta say...

BodyBugg! Yay! Jess wore one for awhile and it was really interesting. Knowing how much of a technoathlete you are - I'm sure you will love it.

Have fun!

Pamela said...

Very nice for you & hubby to be going away! the plan looks great! & please let us know how the bodybugg does for ya

Colette said...

Mexico...how fun!!;)

Your plan looks wonderful, Leslie. I too have stopped eating after 7pm (I know you haven't done that yet) b/c of the book. I don't have the book, but I watched him on Oprah. I feel better when I wake up and sleep better.

Have a super week and let us know how the new plan is working for you!

Irene said...

I am sooooo jealous! I love vacations in Mexico! I'm sure you'll look fabulous and beach ready before you set foot on the beach! Keep us posted about the Bodybugg!

Kristin said...

Leslie - that sounds like a great plan. I think I will adopt your "no eating after XX pm" rule. Part of me is always afraid that if I go to bed hungry my body will start eating up its own muscle tissue ... but I think I just use that as an excuse to eat.

Thanks for your comment over in my blog - I posted a response.

Laurie said...

I'm jealous you have a vacation planned, I'm still trying to figure mine out. Sounds like an awesome plan for your trip, and I loved your post about your snowboard trip - totally relate the "just a mom" conversation.