Boy, if I had a dollar for every time I’ve said those words. But this time I actually mean it!
I graduated college about a month ago. With the stress of finals, finding a full-time job (which, thankfully, I did!), and planning a trip to Europe, my normally-healthy eating habits sort of fell by the wayside during my final semester at NYU. I promised myself that after graduation, I’d get back on track. But then I remembered that it would be utterly impossible (for me, at least) to deprive myself of all the delicious things that London and Paris had to offer. “After Europe” then turned into “after Memorial Day,” turned into “after Chelsea’s graduation party,” turned into, “it’s June 18th and I’ve done nothing to change my diet.”
With my own graduation party less than three weeks away, I decided I have to take serious action. Why? Because the party is in my backyard. Which has a pool. Which means I
want need to look good in the fantastic cheetah-print bikini I plan on wearing. I fully intended to wake up an hour early this morning and go for a run or do one of my yoga DVDs, and I would like to tell you I did. Unfortunately, that would be a lie (although my sister and I did take a drive over to our friend’s house last night and did some yoga poses and cartwheels on his front lawn while wearing his Batman hat…does that count?). Since I couldn’t muster the energy to work out, I figured I would at least start with a healthy breakfast.
I put half a cup of frozen blueberries and a handful of chopped almonds into a bowl of plain old Quaker oats with skim milk. No need for any extra sugar or toppings: the natural sugars in the blueberries made it plenty sweet, and the almonds were great for a crunchy texture (and protein!). Oatmeal is seriously underappreciated in my house–I might start using it for more than just cookies from now on.
I’ve always found keeping a food log to be extremely helpful in losing weight. If you’ve never tried the food diary approach, it’s pretty eye-opening–if you’re honest with yourself and log absolutely everything, you’ll learn a lot about your habits, patterns, and pitfalls, which really helps when you’re trying to correct them. Being a tech-savvy twenty-something, my favorite method is MyFitnessPal.com. Even though up until this morning my account had been untouched for quite a while, I used to use it all the time and actually ended up losing 10 pounds in three months. It has TONS of foods including chain restaurant dishes and fast food in its database and even has a smartphone app so you can log your meals as you eat them. You can also input your weight and exercise for the day and it will track your progress. Definitely worth it if you’re looking for an easy-to-use calorie counter! (and no, they didn’t pay me to say that.)
As for exercise, I’m starting out slow and working my way up. I’ve never been a fan of gym equipment or weights, but I know to really get back into shape I’ll need to do more than the occasional jog around my neighborhood. Until my willpower can overcome my stubborn refusal to do any kind of resistance training, I guess I’ll stick to giving Batman piggy back rides.-Paul H- via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)