Monday is a good day to start new habits so Im starting on my 2009 resolutions a little early. 2009 holds many new things for me: Im finishing my MBA, CB and I are finishing our basement and Im going to loose 20lbs and maintain that weight. My goal is to loose the 20 lbs by the beginning of June. Seemed reasonable since I seem to be able to loose a little under 1lb/week.
My new job helps on the diet front: I get free soup and salad bar for lunch every day. I have been avoiding the cream based soups and creamy salad dressing. Other then that I am making a menu for the week every sunday before we go shopping. I started doing that last September and it helps me plan what to buy for the week and I was making good weight loss progress (I had lost 7lbs in 8 weeks
, which for me is some kind of miracle.) before I lost my job and stopped doing it for several weeks. (I regained 4 of the 7.
) As part of the menu system I was being more conscious of serving size and food choice. (If my menu says that I am going to have an apple for a morning snack I am much less likely to visit the vending machine mid-morning although I might exchange the apple for a pear.)
Since I am still in school 3 days a week (on top of working full time) until May the exercise part is harder. I am doing Pilates for an hour two days a week and have been doing Pilates for over a year now so Ill be sticking with that. In addition to Thursday evening and Saturday morning Pilates, I plan on doing an hour of elliptical on Friday evening or Sunday morning and 30 minutes of elliptical between work and class Monday - Wednesday. I decided that 3 floors really isnt that far to walk the stairs this morning and my legs were killing me by the time I reached my floor so I think I will keep doing that as well when I am going between the lobby and my floor (usually: up in the morning, up and down at lunch, and then down in the evening)
Any suggestions for improvements on this plan?