Thinking about the definition of "beach ready" in my mind is probably very different to what others think when they use those words. Am I going to be sporting a bikini? Heck no. Am I going to be on the verge of being considered an Oompa Loompa with my fake tan? Heck no. The only tan this body gets is from the sun - when I'm out running or swimming...period.
So, what have we come up with so far? Well, my beach body will consist of a pasty white girl sporting a one piece bathing suit.
Now, that's OK in my mind. I don't mind being reflective white - I can catch a nice tan when I spend a little time out in the sun. I don't mind wearing a one piece bathing suit. I've brought 3 children in to the world..believe me, no one wants to see me in a bikini. How I feel about myself in that bathing suit? A whole different ball game.
As of this morning, I'm sitting at 212.8lbs. I am 13lbs away from being into Onederland. As I'm running this morning, I start to wonder if it's possible to reach that milestone by the time I leave for my trip. I have exactly 6 weeks and 2 days until I leave. That would mean losing an average of 2.13lbs a week. Possible? Uh, yeah....so possible. IF it wasn't for the fact that I've been teeter tottering at the same weight for the past 6 weeks.
Now, that's where Operation: Hot Sauce really comes in to play.
I promised myself that I would treat myself to a new hair cut and manicure once I reached Onederland. I would love to be able to go on my trip with a new hair cut....but I will NOT do it unless I've reached my goal. Even more incentive right there.
I think that ditching those remaining 13lbs would put me comfortably into a size 14. I have several new pairs of capris that are size 14...would love to take them along. Incentive!!
It's all superficial stuff - but it will make me really feel better about myself and I look at my trip as a huge reward for everything I've accomplished in my life (graduation) but also the work that I've done for my life... the weight loss.
So, how do I plan on achieving this HUGE goal?
Well, first things first - I'm going to have to up the intensity of my work-outs. More time in the gym, longer runs, maybe some work at home with my Pilate's ball and Zumba game?
I'm cutting down the calories. My daily goal is 1700 calories. I'm going to start keeping that number between 1400-1500 calories per day. Not an unhealthy cut, a manageable cut - and a cut that should start helping this plateau move along.
I'm keeping myself motivated. I'm going to be constantly thinking about my trip - what I want to look like, clothes I want to buy, stuff like that. I'm going to be tightening the purse strings to save some money - not only for the trip, but for new clothes and stuff to take with me.
I know that I can do this. I'm so pumped and excited. This opportunity couldn't have come at a better time being that I'm dealing with the plateau. I needed more incentive - I asked for it - and here it is.
I would love for you all to help me along the way. I've been starting to tweet on Twitter again - not as much as I'd like, but I'm trying. If you're not following me...catch the crazy by following @madfatwoman. I'm adding the hash tag #OperationHotSauce to my tweets - and if you can offer your support...I know it will keep me focused on the prize.
Thank you in advance. I know that I wouldn't have gotten this far without you all. Also, be looking for the first guest post in the next couple of days.
OK - time to get myself moving.
Till next time ;)
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