Saturday, November 6, 2010

The "You Can Totally Wear That Again!" Fitness Plan

So, my older sister is doing P90X now. In search of motivation, she did a web search for photos and experiences and landed on my blog of all places.   Small world.

It's amazing to me that my "day one" of this fitness program was right after Thanksgiving almost a full year ago.  As I think of this, I feel slightly guilty that my maintenance hasn’t been better. Sure, I've been jumping on the treadmill here and there. I'm still eating a mainly vegetarian diet.  Though I've gained, I'm still within five pounds of my "ideal weight".

But do I look like my "after" pics anymore?  Um... Not so much.

It's not an excuse given that I'm supposed to be good at the whole "life balance" thing, but somehow I just lost steam after my dad passed away in April of this year.

The easy thing is always to blame work and being busy and life demands. Yet, I know it's primarily mental. Emotional maybe. In either case, I've been in my own way more than anything external I can name.

To snap me out of my slump, I recently found out that I am going to be a bridesmaid in a wedding very soon.  On New Years Day, I will be required to wear a fitted, strapless, cornflower blue taffeta dress.

God help me.

Mind you, I'm not complaining about the dress. It's lovely. These things just are what they are. I deserve much worse for making my maid of honor wear that awful, super shiny satin, bright hunter green off-the-shoulder number.

It must be a similar phenomenon to how new moms always think their wee babies are beautiful. Or, how people in love think they are invisible.

Brides mean well when they say, "You can totally wear that again!"  But let's face it; the bridal attendants are just there to make the real star of the event look good.

Anyhoo, the bottom line is that this wedding is less than two months away and I am soooo not in "gala" shape. 

Provided I don't need to breathe or anything, there are undergarment options which may somewhat disguise my recent laziness.  However, I'm still concerned that my arms will look like two tubes of marshmallow oozing out of the top of my bedazzled gown.

Time to get off my blumpy and motivate.

In the spirit of practicing what I preach, here's my plan per Personal Strategic Management...

Internal:
   1. I will affirm and encourage myself towards good health and energy. I will be positive and confident.

   2. I will monitor my thoughts and words. If I catch myself saying or thinking things like "I feel fat" or "I'm so tired", I will immediately reframe thoughts and words to the positive.

   3. I will meditate daily to keep myself balanced, keep my stress at bay and attract my goal. (The very simple pink bubble technique is one of my favorites.)

External:
   1. I will exercise at least 45 min per day, six times per week; alternating cardio and strength training.

   2. I will eat a healthy, balanced diet with special caution towards sodium and sugar intake.

   3. I will record my food/drink and fitness in MyNetDiary.

Support:
   1. I will ask my husband and kids to help out more so I have more time/energy to put towards my workouts and food prep. (They also need to hide the Halloween candy.)

   2. I will write about my journey and progress here over the next several weeks.

   3. I will leverage my membership with the online community at BeachBody.

Anyone else looking to achieve a fitness or weight loss goal before the New Year?  

What is your Internal/External/Support plan? 

Best,



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17 comments:

kallaydoscope.com said...

I've been thinking about doing P90X after the girls are born and every time I read one of these testimonials about it, I get excited about it all over again. I'm going to start with Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred again because she's nuts and the workout totally kicks my butt, but then I definitely want to try P90X. I'd say if you're within 5 lbs. of your ideal weight, you're doing great, but I totally get wanting to look good when you're standing up in front of a room full of people. You can do it though! Your plan is rock solid. Good luck! :)

Bruce Coltin said...

About the picture...that bride is a doll.

Gretchen Seefried said...

hey, this was good timing...and after reading this post I want to go read others...cause it counds like you lost your dad last year too. The middle years do take a toll on the middle. I slimmed down a lot last year, but have not been consistent. I need to cut out the bowl of nuts before bed...and my husband just bought a new supply-trying to be nice. I made that same 45 minute a day promise.. and have realized that for it to work for me it has to be HARD cardio...walking fast is great but doesn't do anything for my waist. the elliptical or bike is a different story. So I'll make New Years my goal too. Not going to wear taffeta but maybe we'll throw a party -as we didn't entertain at all last year when my dad died in early December.

Also I turn 50 in March, wouldn't it be cool to look better than at 30? Thx for the kick in the pants...I will be following you now!

Deb said...

I can completely relate to the ups & downs of fitness and motivation. I've never tried P90X but I do love TurboFire! Staying consistently motivated is always a challenge with changes in work schedules and dealing with whatever "crisis" life is trying to throw my way. I've recently committed to running a 5k with a friend on Thanksgiving. I'm hoping that will jumpstart things again. Good luck with your journey!

Charlene said...

Kalla - I do the Jillian Michael's workouts "on demand" sometimes. She's great!!

Bruce - you're too nice to me as always. :-)

Gretchen - Condolences on your loss as well. You'll see I wrote a few pieces about my dad... I'll bet you can relate. Re: exercise, consistency is key for sure. Would love to support you in your goals also and thanks for following!

Deb - I'll have to check out TurboFire. As much as I loved P90X, I get bored easily and am always looking for something new. Good luck with the 5K.

campfirekitten said...

Hello! I can relate, as well, to the ups and downs of fitness. I had done P90 and P90 masters series and had lost tons of fat and gained lots of lean muscle...all of which I lost (the muscle) when I got a post surgical MRSA infection. The body will use muscle by breaking it down in order to help heal the wound since I had no appetite and therefore no protein intake. Yikes!!! Ever since then...I've been struggling to get out of the rut and on the move to fitness for longer than a month or two at a time. I'm doing Chalean Extreme with Turbo Jam now..and I love it! Good luck to you, and I'll be checking in with you regularly!

Sarah said...

Get fit before New Year? That's a toughy--with all the holiday eating and all. But if anyone can do it it's you. Good luck. And I agree with Bruce--she's breathtakingly gorgeous!

Charlene said...

All the best to you Kitten! (Enjoying your site as well!)

Sarah - you are far too kind. :-) Stop, go on. (LOL!)

campfirekitten said...

Hey Charlene...can you help me out?? I'm new to this blogging thing...obviously..ha! Listen- how can I tell if someone has responded to a comment that I left. I only saw your response because I came back over to check out your blog today....how do I get notifications?

Charlene said...

Hi Kitten - This is how I feel about Twitter... all new to me! :-) To get follow up comments, just clich the "subscribe by email" link below the comment box. Good luck and let me know if you have other blogging questions. Happy to help!

Anonymous said...

Hi Charlene, you do look so beautiful in your wedding shot! What is the P90x? I'm probably showing the fact that I'm out of touch!!! I too just returned from my annual physical and my doctor told me that I should lose 25 pounds! Yes that's correct! 25!!! I have put on 25 pounds in the past two years. It's just frustrating. It started at 42.5...started craving carbs more and my monthly time started changing as did my hormones. That is when the weight started coming on. I have always had a hard time staying close to my ideal weight but never by 25 pounds!! I also work out, but not enough. I'm at 3 times per week and its only for 25 minutes at a time. I have to beef up the work out time and do more tread mill. That's what keeps my weight down. I have three boys and a husband who all eat like horses so I tend to snack when they do. They are all growing kids and need the extra calories right now. My husband has a very easy time at maintaining his weight. He just has to stop drinking Mountain Dew or Coke's and he drops 10 pounds like that. So I'm also banking on losing at least 10 pounds by New Years and the rest to follow after the new year. Just in the past week I have shed 4 pounds by counting calories and back on the tread mill. I just feel unhealthy and look forward to going down in bra size and waist. I'm able to take this time today because I'm home sick with the cold that everyone has had. Good luck to you in your weight loss and brides maid gown! Reading your blog makes me feel better! Love ya Charlene! Paula Thibault

Shannon said...

Stopping by via SITS. Best of luck with your plan. I love your idea to reframe your thoughts positively - I could really use help with that.

foxy said...

There's nothing like being on display in a fitted dress to make you get into shape! Good luck with losing and toning again. I'm sure you can do it!

foxy said...

And how funny that your own sister was looking online for before/after photos and came upon yours. That is too funny!

Alison Golden said...

Hey, you were a beautiful bride. And still very attractive :) Wow, you are planning to go some. Aim to keep to your external plan 80% of the time. I like that you have your thoughts in check. And good luck with your setup. Pity the wedding is right after the holidays though! Maybe you can get ahead of yourself to allow for a little indulgence over the season if it doesn't cause you to completely cave (like it does me.)

campfirekitten said...

Thanks!!! I'll do that! Keep blogging girly...love your page!

Tracy said...

A wonderful post! I'm finishing up my last two weeks of Round 1 of P90x Classic and I'm thinking of starting Round 2 of P90x Lean. You are going to do great! ~ Take Care and Happy Holidays!

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