I am going to attempt something tonight, in this one blog post, and that is to include a lot of…stuff. It all kind of relates, but I’m warning you, it’s A LOT!
It was only one month ago that Liz Henry, of Six Year Itch fame, and I debuted our docu-vlog (yes, that’s documentary video log) on body image. It was during my switch to WordPress so I didn’t get the chance to post about it here. But Liz picked up the slack on her blog with her post “Have You Loved Your Body Today?”
Truly, the topic of body image struck a chord with women across the internet and soon, fellow bloggers were making their own videos and writing posts sharing their very deep, personal feelings. We even held what turned out to be an amazing twitter chat, using the hashtag #geekher, which brought together an awesome group of women who all shared something in common…a less than ideal body image.
I’ll let the video speak for itself:
Now, as I mention in the video, body image is something I think about day in and day out. I would like to change this, of course, and feel like I’ve been trying to do so for far too long now.
21 DAY LIFESTYLE MAKEOVER
Tonight, I attended a meeting that kicks off a 21-Day Lifestyle Makeover. Yes, I’ve added yet another challenge to my plate. The exercise component starts tomorrow at 6 am when, surely, I will be kicking myself for signing up and thinking it’s really not that bad to live in elastic waist pants every day.
Tonight, I was weighed and measured, and I discovered that despite my many short and long term attempts to lose weight since baby #4, I simply haven’t. I still weigh the same amount I did over a year ago. Kinda frustrating, kinda depressing, kinda motivating. Kinda.
So, in honor of Stasha’s Monday Listicles linkup, I created a list of helpful tips I picked up from tonight’s meeting. And given that her theme this week is “10 things You Miss,” I will say that I miss my pre-pregnancy body. Heck, I even miss my post 2 kids body!
10 TIPS FROM THE 21-DAY LIFESTYLE MAKEOVER CHALLENGE (In the interest of shortening this post, I left out my sarcastic commentary.)
- Hydration. Visualize water as the highway that carries all the nutrients where they need to go in your body.
- Figure out how much H20 you need by dividing your weight in pounds by 2.2. Then multiply by 25 if you’re inactive, 30 if you’re moderately active, or 35 if you’re very active. The answer is the amount of milliliters of H2O you need per day. Divide your answer by 30 to convert to ounces. You might actually need more or less than the recommended 8 glassses a day!
- Try to get all your water drinking in by dinner so that you are not up all night peeing. Also, caffeinated and carbonated fluid doesn’t count. Surprisingly, Pelegrino counts because of the added calcium.
- You need to eat in order to lose weight. Skipping meals or consuming too few calories slows down your metabolism and works against your weight loss goals in the long run.
- Eating off smaller salad plates can help you control portions.
- Try to get most of your groceries from the perimeter of a market where the healthiest food is stored and avoid the aisles where the most processed food is kept.
- To get an idea of the minimum amount of calories you should eat daily, even if you lead a sedentary lifestyle, start with the number 106 for your first 5 feet of height. Multiply every inch beyond that by 5 (6 if you’re a guy) and add that number to 106. Divide your answer by 2.2 and multiply by 20. You should not go below this amount of calorie-intake and if you further divide by 5, you will get an idea of how much you should aim for when eating 5 small meals a day.
- Don’t undereat in order to overeat. It’s called food foresight. In other words, if you know you will be at an event where you want to eat, drink, and be merry, rather than skip eating all day, try to scale back a few of your meals just a tad and get some good workouts in the day before and after.
- I haven’t tried either of these sites yet, but livestrong.com was recommended by our challenge coaches, and loseit.com was mentioned by someone in the audience. Seems they both help you track your caloric intake and burn.
- This is my own tip…try as much as possible to enlist the support of friends. I joined this challenge with my good friend, Heidi, and look forward to cheering her on and motivating each other.
Now, I don’t know what it is about my personality type, but I just love a good challenge! As if the 21 Day Lifestyle Makeover wasn’t enough, I have enthusiastically agreed to be the ambassador for The iVillage Mealtime Makeover Community Challenge starting August 29. I’d love it if you signed up and took on the challenge with me!
See, I told you I had A LOT to fit into this one post. I know you’re busy…so a big thank you for reading! Please let me know if you are taking on any challenges these days so I can cheer you on!