What’s the Plan, Phil?

As I mentioned, my new year’s resolution has been dubbed Project: Get Fit. Now, I don’t have specific goals for weight loss, but I am not in shape and not happy with my body right now. I also have a tendency to get sick a lot, and I know that when I eat healthy and exercise, I get sick a lot less, or I’m actually able to overcome a cold before I become full-blown sick. If we’re being honest (which this post is going to be!), I’m really just dumb, because I have a lot more knowledge about health and nutrition than the average person (remember that degree and certification I mentioned?) and believe it or not, I actually like healthy food! The nutty texture of multigrain bread, the smooth coolness of a ripe avocado, the sour snap of granny smith apples.. I love it all! But I suffer from a lack of motivation and don’t shop for fresh foods as much as I should and I allow my boyfriend to bring me gifts of sour gummy candy and then I eat them all until I can’t feel the roof of my mouth anymore. And that’s the truth.

So how am I going to change? Rules. For some reason, I thrive on them. Like my “waking up rules:” alarm set for 6:40, only 2 snoozes are allowed, out of bed at 6:50, watch the morning news til 7:10, get ready and out the door by 7:40. Those are my rules and I follow them every day. Am I the only crazy that needs to do this to keep myself in line? So here are the rules I plan to follow for my project.

Nerd alert!!

Rule #1: Work Out.

Marcus and I are following an interval training program called Couch-to-5K. This is awesome for me and my rules habit because it tells you exactly how far to run every day. The workouts are 20-30 minutes and you complete them 3 times a week. For nine weeks. And then you’re apparently prepared to run 5K straight (we’ll see about that). It starts off so easy that I really feel like anyone could do it (but of course you should consult your doctor before you start exercising). Here’s a snapshot of weeks 1 and 2 so you can see what the program looks like:

Screen cap from Cool Running

We actually started the program about three weeks ago but then two things happened: A. I got sick (told you that happens a lot), and B. It rained in LA for about 10 days straight. And seeing as we run outside on the beach, not on fancy shmancy treadmills in a fancy shmancy gym, we didn’t really have a choice. But we started again last week and ran all three workouts, and even did a “bonus” workout on Saturday because I didn’t feel very good about our run on Friday. Did I really just say “bonus” and “workout” in the same sentence? I sure did. It’s the new me, people. This site has a lot of really great resources for C25Kers including iPhone apps, podcasts, inspiration stories, etc. to keep you motivated and on-track.

For cross-training (basically anything that isn’t running), I’ll be working out in my living room. I invested first in Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred (purchased on Amazon) and tried it out.. It is hard!! It’s a great workout and for only eight dollars, you get three levels of Jillian to kick your butt into shape. Someone who lives in my house might have been a little skeptical about getting a proper workout in our living room, but I believe that someone also had trouble sitting down properly today. If you’ve ever watched the Biggest Loser, you know that Jillian is no joke!

I’ll probably invest in a few more (inexpensive) DVDs and use them in combination with workouts on Netflix and FitTV. For those of you who have OnDemand, you have hundreds of free workouts at your fingertips! Check out the “Fitness” section.

Rule #2: 3 Meals a Day.

This might sound silly, but I rarely eat three meals a day. Dumb, I know. Since this is the post of honesty, I’ll tell you what I have been eating for the last several weeks. Skip breakfast, maybe get a nonfat latte on the way to work. Eat a muffin mid-morning. Snack throughout the day. Eat dinner. Bad bad bad, I know. But I have to give you a picture of the “before” so you’ll appreciate the “after” more. So I will eat three meals per day.

Rule #3: Food Lists and Portions.

So since I don’t shop for fresh food very often, when I do have fresh or healthy foods around, I tend to forget about them, leaving them to go bad and get thrown away. Stupid. So I’ll be keeping a list on the door of the fridge of the foods inside. As I eat them, I will cross them off, kind of like a to-do list, only better because it’s a “to-eat” list! I will also pre-portion any snacks coming into the house in bulk. When I brought groceries home yesterday, I immediately cut up my strawberries and divided up my pistachios into individual plastic containers to eat later, then I put them on the list under the “snacks” column.

Cute little strawberry packs

Another “mini-rule” in this section is something I started several months ago: always order small! When eating out in any capacity (including coffee), small is the only choice. Really, there is no reason why I need to order a larger size because eating out is already a treat without getting a venti-sized vanilla latte instead of a tall. I really want to get one of those single-cup gourmet coffee makers to cut out the Starbucks habit completely, but they’re kind of expensive, so we’ll see. Maybe I’ll get one for my birthday!! Wink wink..

Rule #4: Junk Food Beware.

No candy in the house at all. This is my ultimate downfall. Some people can eat a whole bag of potato chips, I can eat a whole bag of any kind of candy at any time. I won’t buy it and my boyfriend won’t buy it for me.

No soda. This is hard because if I lived alone, there would honestly never be soda in my house. But someone in my house likes soda a lot. So it’s here. And I drink it. But no more! Any desire for a non-water beverage will be filled with homemade iced tea or water with a splash of cranberry.

No purchased baked goods. Any cookies or sweets (muffins included) must be baked by me.

Rule #5: Record All Food.

I will record everything I eat on MyPlate on Livestrong.com. This is not for me to limit my calories, it is simply so I can be aware of what I am eating. You put in your stats and the program will give you recommendations on what you should be eating. It also has a great library of statistics for specific foods. So, if you ate half of a BBQ chicken pizza from California Pizza Kitchen, it will tell you what you really ate. This site has a lot of other great tools that I have yet to explore but I will let you know when I do.

Screen cap from Livestrong.com

Really, I’m not changing my lifestyle that much. I’m not restricting foods or counting calories. I’ll actually most likely be eating more food since I’ll actually be eating three meals and I’ll need to stay fueled for my workouts. And since I’m kind of an attention-whore, I plan on bragging here when I do a good job and fessing up when I do poorly.

So what do you think? Any suggestions for me? Anyone want to join me in following any of the rules? Feel free to comment at any time with your brags or confessions and I’ll be sure to give you a shout out!


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12 Responses to What’s the Plan, Phil?

  1. Marcus says:

    For the record, I’m still going to suggest Taco Bell for dinner. Putting the calories on the menu was crappy of them, though.

  2. Meg says:

    Kira that’s great! I too am trying to be more disciplined in the new year, working out more and eating less. The couch to 5k thing sounds great, I may have to give it a try if my weak work out plan fails, which it most likely will!
    If you need to fulfill a sweet craving try these cookies, they are healthy and delicious, I make them all the time because our freezer is full of bananas as I won’t eat them as soon as they have a speck of brown, I’m a brat like that 🙂
    Good luck and let’s hang out this year!


    • Okay, are we twins? I am the same way with bananas, I eat them when they’re still green. I’ll def try that recipe! Come over any time you want and I’ll let Jillian kick your butt too.

      Also, someone’s been posting on the ‘Bee as cupcakemeg and I keep thinking it’s you!!

  3. Meg says:

    Me too! I like them with a little green still there, Matt gets them as soon as they have some brown but sometimes he doesn’t eat them fast enough and so they get too brown and are thrown into the pile in the freezer. It’s all his fault clearly 🙂
    I did a Jillian workout on demand a while back and that shit is intense! I loved it, I made Matt do it and he was worn out!
    that’s funny, I will have to find this cupcake chick and cut her! it’s ok, I hardly ever post on there, my thoughts are never compelling enough to contribute!

  4. Lori says:

    This is quite a “leaf” for you! If anyone can do it, you can. Good job!

  5. Mrs. JYW says:

    Totally with you girl, I just blogged and even posted pics of my “BEFORE”! :O… I’m using P90x, Jillian, and MyFitnessPal… my blog and MFP are a great way for me to track everything for my A-type OCD personality 😛

    GOOD LUCK! sending you all of my support and sympathy for muscle pains! 😛

    • Girl, you are BRAVE posting before pictures!! I may have taken them but I don’t think they’ll be seeing the light of day until I look like an “after”!! I’ll have to check out MyFitnessPal – it seems to be the popular option right now, I just chose Livestrong because I’ve been a member for a few years now.

  6. greg says:

    great post. good luck with the whole thing. i’m sure you’ll do it. sorry if i gave you the junk food gene.

    the only thing i disagree with is NOT ordering the large. i just can NEVER pass up the bargain for getting the large drink (or whatever) for 10 or 15 cents more. when i was at the casino last week ordering a burger and soda i ordered the large ’cause it was 15 cents more, TOTALLY knowing that there was no way i’d come close to finishing. i just can’t pass up a bargain, even though 3/4 of the soda was dumped. how sick is that?

  7. joanne says:

    oh, poor kir! you get that eating-a-whole-bag-of-candy-in-one-sitting thing from granny!! she is the same way!
    as for the getting fit thing, well, i am aiming for that too. i ordered the jillian m. fitness ultimatum for wii today. if anybody can kick my rear in gear, it’s her!
    good luck, chica….

  8. Suz says:

    You go girl!! Great plan!
    I never realized that you inherited my “eat-the-whole bag” candy addiction. I kept candy out of my house sucessfully for almost 3 months, and then Christmas arrived. I must have eaten 10 lbs. during the holidays. But, I’m now back on track and determined to resist…

  9. Kristin - Mrs. Glasses says:

    Very comprehensive plan! You are also super cute in your intense workout gear. I’m rooting for you!


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