I just got my latest issue of Self magazine and the 13th annual Self Challenge has begun! It’s a three-month diet and fitness program set to get you toned and in shape. It’s the perfect kick in the butt I need to really stay focused for getting in shape for the wedding and honeymoon.
I did the Self Challenge last year, but I don’t think I completed the whole thing. It does take a considerable chunk of time and dedication to log every meal, snack and workout for three months. However, it does work. I did lose weight … and put some of it back on.
This year, I don’t think I’m going to use all of the tools, but I definitely love that Self’s website provides a healthy grocery shopping list. I also use the website frequently for healthy recipes. In fact, today I made zucchini spice bran muffins.
What I did find amazing is that for me to lose two pounds per week, I need to burn 500 calories a day or 3,500 calories a week. Yowza!
Apparently, fitness experts agree that the best way to kick your metabolism into high gear and blast the most calories in the shortest amount of time is through interval training. I did it tonight at the gym on the elliptical while watching a little bit of the Oscars, but I only had time to do half an hour, so I only burned 300 calories. That’s definitely better than nothing, right?
Anyone want to join me in the Self Challenge?
I accomplished all three of my most important things for today:
- I worked on my Cat Fancy freelance article.
- I wrote a page and a half of my book. (Man, that wasn’t easy! All I could think about the whole time while I was writing was what crap it all was.)
- I exercised.
Tomorrow’s 3 Most Important Things:
- Go to the 24Lift weightlifting class at my gym.
- Work more on the freelance article.
- Create a healthy meal plan for the week for us.