My friend Seth introduced me to a youtube clip a few years back featuring the ultra sassy Kelly. After not thinking about it for years, the clip has been popping into my head lately. I’ve had a few people recently ask me what kind of weight loss “plan” I have been following. I think of Kelly and want to respond with a sassy “the I’m gonna do what I want plan.” (Click here and reference 54 sec for this to make sense.)
I think I’ve had success losing weight and keeping it off lately because I genuinely feeling happy with where I am in my life. No article in Self magazine or diet plan would have helped me get here. I realize that this is going to sound like a total contradiction, but I thought it might be fun to share with you two weeks of the I’m gonna do what I want plan. This plan is more about living your life and enjoying who you are and less about losing weight. I’ll share one “lifestyle tip” and the foods and exercises that I enjoyed for the day. Sound ok? Even it doesn’t I’m going to do it anyway because I’m gonna do what I want!
Lifestyle I wanna lead – Talk to people I love often! This helped me so much. The more I shared with my parents, Art, my friends, and bloggers the happier I felt. Expressing my emotions and thoughts is so good for me. I don’t think I realized that this was something that I wasn’t doing in the past. Even chatting with regular customers at the coffee shop and kids at the before and after school program was super helpful. Feeling connected to others was a very good thing for me!
Excerises I wanna do – I popped into the gym today between job number one and two. 10:30 is my magical workout time. I’ve been awake for 5.5 hrs and I am ready to move my body! Today I did:
- 15 min hill interval on the Arc Trainer at level 8
- Superset 1 — Chest Fly and Assisted Pull Ups
- Superset 2 — Low to High Wood Choppers with a medicine ball and Lateral Shoulder Raises
– Superset 3 — Weighted Squats and Tricep Dips
- Superset 4 — Thigh Squeeze Machine and Bicep Curls
Stretch for 5 min
I did three sets of each exercise using a weight that let me do 10-12 reps. And I don’t know the technical name for the thigh squeeze machine but I know you know what I am talking about :)
Food I Wanna Eat
Breakfast – Smoothie with cherries, spinach, frozen banana, Almond Breeze, and vanilla protein powder with Kashi Honey Almond Flax Go Lean Crunch. I stir a little cereal in before topping it off so you can’t see all of it. Plus and unphotographed mug of coffee with vanilla soy creamer.
Snack – mini Lara consumed on the way to the gym
Lunch – Two crumbled Millet Black Bean Patties with Corn with salsa on top of spinach and broccoli slaw plus half a sliced zucchini and mustard.
Snack – A square of BT McElerath’s chocolate consumed immediately after photographing! And a Fiji apple that I ate at the at work this afternoon. Also had three shots of decaf espresso over ice with a shot of vanilla and cream and three chocolate covered espresso bean while working at the coffee shop that went unphotographed too.
Dinner – Slice of olive bread, an heirloom tomato with basil and balsamic, asparagus, homemade pesto hummus, and slices of olive Munster cheese.
Dessert – Vegan Elvis Ice Cream!
There you have it. A full day of eating, exercising and living how I want. I will continue this for the next two weeks to give you a picture of the full-scale of what I eat, exercise, and value. With that said, posts over the next two weeks might be a bit sporadic with trying to get organized for the move, the new job and social events. But I document it all and return with the full report for you guys.
You guys are great!
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