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Are you looking to lose a few pounds? Maybe run in a marathon? Whatever your fitness goals are, you have to have a plan! One of my all time favorite quotes is “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Whoever said that is a genius (if you’re curious, it was Antoine de Saint-Exupéry). If you decide to lose some weight, you have to figure out how it’s going to happen. You can’t just say “I want to drop some pounds,” and then they magically fall off. (If that does happen for you, please let me know your secrets!) You probably won’t instantly be able to run the marathon, either. You need a plan for fitness success!
As you might recall, one of my big goals for the year is to lose some weight. I haven’t exactly done a fabulous job of that so far! When I set the goal, it was for 20-25 pounds. I made some progress, then fell off the wagon. A few weeks ago I logged in my highest ever non-pregnancy weight. That will kick a person in the butt and make them get going again! Now my current goal is to lose 30 pounds.
I have struggled with my weight for several years now. I’ve always found it difficult to lose the baby weight. I put the needs of everyone else ahead of my own, so I wasn’t taking care of myself. Exercise is hard, so I made excuses not to do it. I have tried dieting with exercise before, and every time I started making progress… wham! I ended up pregnant again.
To make matters a little more complicated, shortly after the twins were born, I ended up with an umbilical hernia from my diastasis recti. To put that plainly, when I was pregnant with the twins my ab muscles separated to make more room for the growing babies, and that resulted in a hernia just above my belly button shortly after they were born. So now most core exercises cause the hernia to hurt, and I can’t get it repaired until after I’m done losing weight. Go figure.
I firmly believe that every woman is unique and beautiful, and there is no one body type that is better than the other. Every woman should feel comfortable in her own body, but I also know that it’s easier said than done.
The reasons why a person wants to lose weight are always personal, but I’m going to share a few of mine with you. I want my body to be healthy so I can live a long life for my husband and children. I want to be able to keep up with the kids and not get winded or exhausted after five minutes. And I want to feel better and have more energy.
Planning for Fitness Success
So how am I going to lose thirty pounds? How are you going to run that marathon or lose those pounds that you want to? By making a plan! Write down every tiny detail, and hold yourself accountable. Set boundaries for yourself so you know what you are willing to do what what’s off limits. Don’t just make a few changes here and there, but overhaul your lifestyle and make improvements.
There are three key areas to focus on when making your fitness success plan: exercise, diet/nutrition, and daily habits. I’ve included some of the details from my own plan below to help you get started.
Exercise: I will make the time to get in at least three good workouts every week. I will be more active during the day. I will push myself, but not to the point of breaking. I have made a list of workouts I can do at home (walking, spinning, some weights, yoga). When you make your own exercise plan, make sure to consult your doctor before starting any new program.
Food/Nutrition: I will follow a lower-calorie, low-fat diet. Meal planning will be my friend! I will not wallow in self-pity and junk food when my husband goes out of town. I will make wise food choices, but I will not starve myself. I will make sure my body gets the nutrients it needs to be healthy.
I will also be trying alli® weight loss aid. It’s the only over-the-counter FDA-approved weight-loss aid. Basically you take it with a meal (that contains less than 15g of fat), and it helps to block up to 25% of the fat calories from being absorbed by your body. For every 5-10 pounds you’d lose by just dieting, alli® weight loss aid can help you lose an additional 2-3 pounds.* Studies have shown that most weight loss occurs within the first six months of dieting, and alli® weight loss aid helps to increase your efforts*. You can read more about it here. We all need a little help sometimes, right? So count me in! While I’m taking alli® weight loss aid, I’ll also need to take a multivitamin at bedtime and drink plenty of water. I am ready to get started!
You can find alli® weight loss aid at Walmart while you’re grabbing some new workout clothes, exercise equipment, and healthy foods! There’s even an amazing coupon for it here. Make sure you read the startup guide that comes with it (or go here); it has all the info you’ll need for getting started.
Daily Habits: I will keep a food and exercise log to keep me on track. (I’m using the Happy Planner Fitness Extension pack.) I will drink lots of water every day to stay hydrated. (Here are some great tips for drinking plenty of water!) And I will go to bed a little earlier so that my body can rest and recover.
Fitness Success Workbook
Because I love my readers so much, I made a workbook for you! I want you to be able to reach your fitness goals as well, whether they are losing weight, lifting weights, swimming 10 miles, or anything you set your mind to. The workbook takes you through the step-by-step process of setting your goals, finding your way around potential roadblocks, and more. You’ll create your own plan for making changes that will set you up for a healthier lifestyle.
Print it out and put it in a binder or folder. I shrank mine down to 84% on the printer so that I could put it in my fitness planner (Happy Planner size).
Here’s the best part – it’s FREE! You don’t even have to subscribe to anything. Just click the picture below to download your copy.
Before Fitness Success
I’m a little nervous to be sharing this with you, but here are my before pictures. Do I look unhappy? It was the day I saw the biggest number on the scale.
Don’t worry, I know it’s not all about the number on the scale. I want overall fitness, not just weight loss. That’s why I’ll be adding several different types of exercises to my routines. I want to be strong and healthy! I can’t wait to share my after photos in a few months. I am all fired up and ready for a positive change in my lifestyle!
So print up your Fitness Success Workbook and get started with me! Share this post to spread the inspiration and the great freebie! Don’t forget the awesome coupon for alli® weight loss aid! And tell me below in the comments any tips you might have for weight-loss success, or just cheer me on!
*alli® (orlistat 60 mg capsules) is for weight loss in overweight adults, 18 years and older, when used along with a reduced-calorie and low-fat diet. Follow label directions. In studies, most people lost 5-10 pounds over 6 months.