Oh man, I love a good cupcake. And pie. And layercake. And anything confit (cooked slowly in oil). Oh, and fried things. Sure, I like veggies, but they are best when they have some sort of dip.
And that my friends, is my problem. Ok that, and, going out to eat 1-2 times a day because of my crazy commute.
Remember when I tried to go vegan & gluten-free in the fall because I was so unhappy with my body? Well, the good news is that it did force me to start thinking more about my food. The bad news? It wasn’t a sustainable way for me to live. I take a lot of medications and need to pay particular attention to balancing what I am eating. Above all else, I get hangry. Hangry Mary Fran is not a nice Mary Fran.
I don’t know who the girl in that green dress is. I thought she disappeared years ago. It is time for some changes. And while it might already be a couple days in to the new year, the best time to start is always right now.
So, I have a plan of sorts.
It goes something like this: Get moving. Eat less junk. Eat more veggies. Drink less empty calories. Check in.
Healthy & Strong
I have a FitBit Force on its way, although it has been delayed do to all this lovely winter we are having. I am hoping that the little badges and alerts help keep me on target and that it helps me be honest with myself about how much activity I am completing. I also am going to be checking my weight regularly to make sure that I am headed the right direction. This model even updates my FitBit account for me. (Do you use a FitBit? You can be my workout buddy…)
I have been away from the gym for nearly a year, first because of the SCS surgery and then because I was just too embarrassed that I can maybe do 10 minutes at a time do to the CRPS and just how out of shape I am. This month, that changes. and I am going to start going to the gym regularly. But, because none of the classes are around when I can get there, I am going to need a little extra help.
That’s where the Barre3 app ($4.99 in the app store) comes in. Inspired by Erica at Celiac and the Beast‘s posts about PureBarre on Instagram, I looked into barre workouts. For me, they are ideal because of their low impact. Unfortunately there isn’t a place all that close (and, I don’t have an extra $250/mo to spend on it). After some googling, I found the app and it is perfect. There are a bunch of 10 minute videos that require no or minimal equipment. Perfect for someone with a crazy schedule and even crazier nerves.
I joined WeightWatchers. Again. At least this time my sister is doing it too – so I won’t be alone in trying to eat healthy. I was thinking about using MyFitnessPal or LoseIt! because of their integrations with the FitBit, and I don’t want to double track, but for the first month, I will, just to see if I like the new program at WW. If I don’t, I’ll switch to one of the others.
Who’s excited to fit in to that bridesmaids dress they had to buy 2 sizes too small for a June wedding because the bride picked a discontinued dress (that was on clearance for $200) the week before Christmas and the company wasn’t going to get any more of your size in? This girl.
Yes, this is a new, regular column on FrannyCakes.
Wednesday Weigh-Ins are going to be posts about progress and getting stronger, but mostly they are going to be about the food. A delicious, healthy recipe each week. (But don’t worry, my friends will still have birthdays, so there will most definitely still be amazing gluten-free cupcakes and an unabashed love of butter and sugar here.)