If you’ve been following along, you know this has been a pretty long (and to this point) and rather sad journey. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “failing to plan is planning to fail.” So have I. And I fancy myself a pretty analytics guy who tends to lay things out and makes a ton of lists, I’ve never laid out a plan and then stuck to it. Here’s hoping this one will get the job done.
No… not hoping. That’s bullshit. Here’s the plan that WILL get things done. This is similar to the November Nine plan I laid out last year. As you can see from the title of this post it didn’t work.
The 30 (ish) Day Kickstart Plan
As I sit here on the 28th of September I know, as always, that I need to lose weight. Furthermore, I’m pretty confident that I know that the overwhelming majority of the reasons I’m fat are self inflicted. FURTHERmore, I know that I’m not going to be able to lose all the weight I want to lose (more than 40 pounds) in a matter of days. So I’m laying out THIS plan for the next 30 days or so (until October 31st – Halloween) and then I’m going to see where I’m at and re-evaluate.
- No fast food. This is big. No breakfast on the way to work, no stopping on the way home.
- Drink more water. I don’t think I’ve been drinking enough water. I’m going to go out of my way to drink WAY more than I have been. This will help with hunger, will kickstart metabolism, etc. Going to shoot for two glasses before work, six bottles through the day and then another two at night. This will put me over 160 ounces per day (plus a couple of coffees).
- Limit carbs. I think this one goes without saying these days. I’m honestly pretty good during the day (once I take out the potential of McMuffins on the way to work). Where I’m going to run into issues here is with desserts such as ice cream, chips, etc. They’re essentially off the table.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Will probably need to further clarify this one. Not quite sure what this looks like but I’m thinking it means drinking no more than twice a week and no more than three drinks at a time.
- 10,000 steps. This one is super easy to track thanks to my Fitbit but isn’t always easy to attain. As I’m sitting here at 3:42 PM I’ve got 3,640 steps for the day. I’ll most likely have to go on a walk this evening to get there.
So there you have it… my five step plan for the next month. I really think if I stick to this I’m going to see some pretty huge improvements. Stay tuned.