Today is the start of the 2019 OrangeTheory Transformation Challenge! The challenge runs from January 21 until March 17 and I’m just so pumped to see what I can achieve over the next 8 weeks. This challenge kicks off 2019 as I work to lose weight before the first day of summer, June 21. We’re exactly 5 months from the first day of summer, so everything is lining up nicely!
As I shared yesterday, I need to lose weight for my health. I need to lose the weight I gained during my pregnancies and I need to regain control over my holistic health and wellness. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel these next 8 week (or 5 months) as I know exactly what I need to do to lose weight and be successful. The key is staying motivated, being consistent, and not giving into emotional eating or temptations. So here’s my plan for the next 8 weeks.
Knowing exactly what I am eating and how many calories I am consuming are the real keys to my weight loss. I will be tracking calories in My Fitness Pal, focusing on calories in versus calories out. I used the calculations from my testing at Composition ID, but also ran my numbers through the TDEE Calculator.
I really believe weight loss is that simple, but it’s the next layer that’s difficult… what to eat. For me, I feel best when I reduce my carbohydrates and increase protein. Although I do not plan to count macros in this first phase of my weight loss challenge, I am going to make a conscious effort to reduce my intake of white sugar and processed carbohydrates. I am not following a specific diet plan but am focused on fueling my body with whole and balanced meals within my calorie goal. I plan to share my meals here on Balancing Today under the “Daily Snapshot“.
Never Binge Again is another important piece of my weight loss. My rules for this challenge include never eating after dinner, never eating at the kitchen counter, and only eating peanut butter when it’s in a smoothie. Those rules are key as I control my urges to use food to cope with emotions and stress. While everyone’s rules are different, I’ve found that those three areas tend to be my outlets: mindless eating after dinner, snacking while standing in the kitchen, and eating all the peanut butter.
I have always said this, but working out is not my battle, eating is! These next 8 weeks are really all about dieting. Yes, my workouts matter, but this category is where pounds are lost.
I love working out and am really excited to focus on lifting and toning these next 8 weeks. As part of the Challenge, I must workout at OrangeTheory 3 days a week for 6 out of the 8 weeks. My plan is to workout every Monday and Friday morning and to then to add in my 3rd workout over the weekend. I will need to adjust my workouts some weeks due to work and travel, but I should be able to stick to my Monday, Friday, weekend plan. I am also going to continue doing workouts on my Peloton bike and lifting weights with my sister at Planet Fitness.
My biggest goal these next 8 weeks is to not injure myself. I love OrangeTheory, but I have a tendency to overdo it during challenges. I want to channel my energy into my diet and instead use my workouts for stress relief and strength building, mentally and physically.
Health and Wellness
Two weeks ago I visited a Naturopath, which was an amazing experience. I have lots to share on that front, but my goal these next 8 weeks are to essentially do as she says. I want to take all of my vitamins daily, eat specific foods for their nutrients, and remove certain foods that don’t make me feel great. I have always believed in the power of food, its power to heal, but I’ve never lived it out completely. I’m taking it a few steps at a time, but I really want to see if these changes make a difference in my body.
I also have a physical scheduled with a new general practitioner mid-way through the Challenge. It’ll be good to have them review my blood tests from my naturopath appointments and to ensure we’re all on the same page and that I’m not missing anything. I have a feeling she’s going to say, “yep! Losing weight is an important first step”.
In 2018 I spent almost every night after my kids went to bed, sitting on my couch with the TV on scrolling through Instagram. This year, I am breaking that cycle. I shared my new “mom loft” on Instagram a few weeks ago and need to share it here on Balancing Today. Creating a space in my house for me to write, read, workout, and relax has been so incredibly important for my wellness. My goal is to come up to my loft after my kids go to bed, most nights. I know I’ll watch the Bachelor and Grey’s each week, hello, but the other nights I have no reason to sit on the couch and on my phone. My goal is to blog, read, and relax instead!
I also want and need to go to bed earlier. Last year I stayed up WAY too late most nights. This year I need to get some good sleep, which starts with shutting down earlier and not mindlessly passing the time on technology. With my 4AM-5AM wake ups most mornings, my goal is to be in bed no later than 10PM most nights, 9PM if possible.
Lastly, I must stress less. 2018 was a bitch and I’ll admit 2019 is off to a hectic start in some ways. My goal these next 8 weeks is to slow it all down, leave work at work, and remain positive as I focus on my long term goals. I know how important stress reduction and adequate sleep are to weight loss, so these two goals are important on many levels!
The Week Ahead – Week 1
I’m kicking off this OrangeTheory Challenge with an obstacle, but I’m focused! Due to the snow storm this past weekend, a business trip was moved to the middle of this week. The blessing is that I got to spend the long weekend with my family, which is exactly what I needed. I’ll be leaving Tuesday mid-day and should be back Thursday morning. The hurdle will be eating on the road, since most meals are decided for me, but I am going to focus on protein and produce and no sugar!
Monday – OrangeTheory
Tuesday – Peloton and weight lifting
Wednesday – Rest Day
Thursday – Rest Day
Friday – OrangeTheory
Saturday – Peloton and weight lifting
Sunday – OrangeTheory
Here we go! Week 1!