I used to be in fantastic shape. I was an athlete my whole life and once that part of my life was over, I was always running around my college campus, on my feet for every job I had, and always found time to work out. Then with all my extra time I had after I graduated, I trained for a half marathon! However, when I moved back to Chicago I got lazy. I have a desk job now and it's been so awfully cold out that I rarely go running or want to brave the cold to hit the gym. This needs to stop. So thank you Angela for jump starting this series and getting me back on the right track! This is a 3 week "cleanse." Not your typical juice cleanse or cut out all the carbs in your life cleanse, but a break bad habits type of deal. Angela mentioned that it takes 3 weeks to break a bad habit, so for the next 3 weeks my life will revolve around the plan you see above.
First, you gotta have indulgences. I like this idea because if you cut out every thing you love you will fail. I truly believe that. If you don't satisfy some cravings you will throw your entire plan out the window and indulge in EVERYTHING. So for my 2 indulgences, I have picked cafe coffee and shamrock shakes. I don't go to Starbucks every day, I actually use my Keurig at home more than I go out for coffee, but sometimes I like to have my morning Raspberry White Chocolate Mocha (with skim milk of course). If I cut this little treat out of my week I would be very sad. It's something I really look forward to and it may sound silly, but it gets me out of bed in the morning on days I decide I'm going to go! For my 2nd one, shamrock shakes, I know they're so bad for you and are filled with so many calories, but they are only going to be around for a little longer. I maybe have 1 per week. And when I say shamrock shakes, I mean only shamrock shakes. No other shakes or ice cream. Only those delicious minty treats that come this time of year!
Next comes the work out plan. I'm going to try to work out 5 days a week for the next 3 weeks. I plan on going for daily walks either during my lunch hour at work or with Wrigley for about 20-30 minutes. I'm also going to continue doing my yoga twice a week, run twice a week, and hit the gym at least once a week. The more you work out, the better you feel, and then the more you want to do it. So by the end of week 3, I'm hoping I will be back in that place again where I NEED to work out or my day won't be complete.
Finally is my off limits list. I wanted to double my off limits list in comparison to my indulgences list because, well this is a "cleanse." I am a candy, doughnut, pop, bacon addict. Four of my favorite things, but four things I should cut down on. I don't need all that sugar from candy, doughnuts, and pop, and I certainly don't need all that fat from bacon. So for the next 3 weeks, starting today, I will not be having any form of those 4 things. It's going to be hard, but it will help me cut down on the cravings for them and start me back on a healthier lifestyle.
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