Step 2 to making a change: Get thee a plan

You can’t change what you don’t manage, or measure.

If you want to make a change, you have to know what’s changing, and how. (Why was yesterday).
It must be specific enough that you know, without a doubt, if you’ve met your objective, or not.

So “I’m going to eat more salads and less crap” is not a very good plan. Kind of like “Eat What Ya Got” Hahaha 🙂 (Can I finally stop talking about that? Stick a fork in it already.)

“I’m going to eat a salad every day and skip dessert 6 days per week” is a much better one.

If you need help setting good goals, Google is your friend.

I will be taking my personal trainer’s advice and diving head first into Strong: Nine Workout Programs for Women to Burn Fat, Boost Metabolism, and Build Strength for Life – feel free to buy it or get it from your local library if you’re interested in trying it together.

Fair warning – Eventually, you probably need a well equipped gym, subscription or at home, in order to do this program, but for the first six weeks, all you probably need are dumbbells or equivalent and resistance bands. Not wussy ones though. I have a full resistance band set that I’m in love with (Resist the temptation to cheap out on these. You do not want bands capable of resisting 100 lbs of pressure snapping and coming at you when you least expect it. You, and your health, are worth $30) and I have 2 25-lb dumbbells so I’ll roll with that and see how I do I think.

I will likely start counting calories again, too. I use MyFitnessPal. It’s the best and I’ve tried several apps/websites. It’s free. Add me as a friend if you want, though I don’t much engage in the social aspects of the site.

So to finish up – I’m reminded – If you want something you’ve never had – you have to do something you’ve never done.

Therefore – Don’t fall into the trap of trying something “again” that you’ve already tried before unless you’ve tweaked it. If that was going to work, it would have worked the first time. Why didn’t it work last time?

I’ve strength trained and counted calories before, with success. Didn’t stick to it though, so why?

I think because – first – my calories were far too low to be sustainable. I was hovering around 1200 net calories for about a year straight. It made workouts feel really, really bad. I also got bored. I will be eating more than that this go around, so I hope they’ll feel better, and I’ll be changing workout phases every 4-6 weeks (the book calls for this) so that should hopefully help with boredom. So those are my tweaks.

Wishing you success,

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