Monday, December 6, 2010

Day 1 on The Road to a Better Healthier Me.

Today is my start to a new, better, healthier me. My Inspiration? Jackie Warner's book "This is Why You're Fat." Jackie outlines a diet and exercise program that is effective and simple enough to be sustainable for more than just a few weeks. I wanted to follow her plan exactly to the "T" however; I haven't ventured in the protein shake and creatine arena. I feel like eating healthy (as she suggests) will be enough for ME and I won't need the extra shakes and vitamins. I mean maybe I'll buy some vitamins next grocery shopping trip, I suppose it couldn't hurt but it wasn't one of my priorities.

SO let's get to the good stuff. It's all about numbers so I need to give you guys my stats. I went back and fourth about whether or not I wanted to post them, but then I realized if people don't see the numbers and see the progress it's really just a bunch of fluff. I stepped on the scale and measured myself this morning pre-workout:

Weight: 126.5

Chest: 35.5

Waist: 28

Hips: 35.5

Bicep: 9.5

Thigh: 22

I wanted to take a before picture, but just didn't have the time.

For the next two weeks I will be doing 20 minutes workouts on the Elliptical. Per Jackie's book here's the work out:

3 minutes moving fast incline between 1-5
3 minutes incline 5+
1 minute lowering incline to between 1-5 moving at a comfortable pace

Repeat three times (OK so that equals 21 but you get the idea)

Today was the first time I had tried that specific work out and boy oh boy did it make a difference.

Now exercise isn't the only change I am making. I am also eating better (Hopefully thsi will stick). Here is my meal plan for today- I wanted to create one for the week but... baby steps.

Breakfast: 2 eggs (was suppose to also have oatmeal but I was running late)

Morning Snack: Apple

Lunch: Baby spinach and red tomato salad with turkey and part-skim mozzarella cheese

Afternoon Snack: Yellow peppers

Dinner: Grilled chicken and a yam. I will also have to add in some oatmeal because I need to eat one cup of it a day.

Another big part of the new diet is no caffeine (AHHH) and drinking water with lemon juice (YUM) so I have a big water bottle filled with water and a fresh squeezed lemon.

Are you starting a new diet/exercise program? What are some of the things you are doing to make your lifestyle healthier?


  1. i neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeddddddd to get into the gym habit. if i could only get myself to do that it would make a huge difference. i splurge here and there and probably eat too much candy sometimes but my day to day diet is healthy enough. Good luck to you!!! And honestly, your numbers don't sound too bad as is!! Very brave to share your weight! That is a closely guarded secret. not even hubby knows!!

  2. I hesitated before revealing, but I know when I read blogs I like to see actual numbers so I decided to suck it up! Good luck to you!