This upcoming Monday marks almost exactly 20 weeks before the official start to summer, when the kids get out of school, and I am ready to start a twenty week challenge of my own. This is the first January in a few years that we have not taken a cruise, so without that as motivation, I sailed through the Holidays allowing myself to indulge on any kind of food and lack of exercise that suited me...
...and let me tell you... I ENJOYED IT!
But now, I'm ready to recommit to myself. I only gained about 3 lbs over the holidays. My weight doesn't ever give me much stress. I'm able to balance my diet well enough that my weight doesn't fluctuate very much. I can eat a very poor diet for awhile, (and when I say "poor", I mean "deliciously sinful") but then I always put a stop to it, turn it around, and jump back on the lean protein and good healthy carbs diet. I could NEVER go through my life without eating brownies and ice cream, or a pound of jordan almonds, or a whole bucket of movie popcorn along with an obscene amount of soda to go with it. To me, that would be the end of life as I know it! It's all about moderation, and balancing out your diet overall for the long term.
Having said that, I will tell you this. My whole goal in this Twenty Week Challenge, is to tone and tighten up my 45 year old body. I would like to see a considerable difference after 20 weeks. I want to see muscle definition, and less visible fat. I will be doing a lot of both cardio and strength training every day. I am a big believer in hard workouts. If they don't make you sweat, they aren't doing much. You know?
Here's my invitation to you:
How fun would it be, to be doing this along with other people? Anyone want to join me? I would love the company!
Here is my "lean out and get some muscle definition so I'll feel very confident at the pool" plan.
I WILL be drinking 65 ounces of water every day.
I WILL do 30+ minutes of exercise at least 5 days a week.