If you really think about it; isn't it already hard enough to build a successful part-time business when you've got a busy family life, and a challenging full-time career (I would put stay-at-home mom in this category too), along with any other "important" hobbies and interests?
How much tougher do you think we make it on ourselves when we're always tired, because we don't exercise enough, and we eat entirely too much "junk" food?
So with that in mind, I decided that I am going to make my 2010 self-improvement plan "not another New Year's resolution", by starting a whole month early ... on December 1st.
First a bit of background ...
I have a bit of an advantage here, in that I already exercise on a pretty regular basis. But, since I've been here in Iraq, it's no longer organized military pt, so I have to be more self-motivated ... which can be a bit of a challenge for me at times. That being said, I do have easy access to a gym (3 minute walk from my room). And plenty of "free" time every afternoon/evening after work (since I'm away from my family).
On the eating front, it's kind of a mixed bag. I do have access to healthy foods. But, I also have easy access to a ton of temptation. It's funny, a Captain we were having dinner with last week actually described our dining facility as being "like eating at Golden Coral every meal of every day" ... which is pretty much spot on. If you only go there as a treat, that might sound like a good thing. But it does get a bit old after a while. Not only that, but if you are at all susceptible to "all you can eat buffet syndrome", it's quite easy to put away a substantial number of calories every day.
Ok, with that out of the way, here is my plan ...
I will exercise 6 days a week ... Sunday-Friday ... no excuses! Saturday will be my day off.
- Running - Either on the treadmill, or outside ... 2-4 miles per day.
- Strength - Nothing fancy (for now, may add weights later) ... 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups ... every M, W, F
Almost signed up online for the Abs Diet site ... but then I realized, I've already read that book, and have a reasonable idea of what I need to do. Like the exercise plan, this will be 6 days a week.
Saturday - my "Free" day, where I can continue to eat pretty much anything I want.
- Breakfast - wheat toast or english muffin / 1-3 eggs / small portion lean meat (turkey bacon) / fresh fruit
- Lunch - lean meat (chicken, turkey) / vegetables / salad / fruit
- Afternoon Snack - cliff bar / nuts / fruit
- Dinner - Sandwich / Salad / fruit
This one will be tough, but I'm going to try to cut down to only having caffeine in the morning. For the rest of the time I'm here, this will be in the form of sugar-free citrus flavor Rip-It (which I can get from the dining hall). I will attempt to only have two a day.
Only so that's my plan ...
I have about 4 1/2 months left here. By the time I get home in April, I would like to have lost 20lbs, and be in habit of (and maybe even enjoy) running six days a week, without having to force myself.
I will be keeping a log of my progress, but I don't plan to bore you with daily, or even weekly posts about it. However, I may throw up an occasional update from time to time ... especially if it's working. ;-)
Catch up with you again soon,