Today marks 76 days until we board the plane to Florida. When we booked this trip in April, I made a pact to myself that I was going to lose weight. This was it, I was going to get fit for Florida and no-one was going to stop me.
Fast forward three months and I’ve really done a whole lot of nothing. I exercise a couple of times a week and try to stick to a healthy diet but weekends spent overindulging and not keeping track of what I’m eating has led to a horrible state of maintenance.
The crunch point came when we went to Blackpool. I had Carl taking loads of pictures of me in front of pretty walls and rollercoasters for the WITP Instagram account I still haven’t set up. I was feeling ok, but when I looked back at them I was fairly shocked by just how bad things have got. I disliked myself in every single one of them.
As this is going to be our final trip to Orlando for a few years (or at least, I think it is) I was left feeling a bit sick. I don’t want a load of photos in front of gorgeous Disney walls that I can’t bear to look at because I’m not happy with my weight.
So I’m taking control of it now. There’s just under 11 weeks to go. If I’m super strict and careful in that time, there is no reason why I can’t lose over a stone. That won’t be the end of my journey, but it will mean I’m a lot happier in Orlando, which is my ultimate goal at the moment. So to give myself a sense of ownership and accountability, I wanted to share some of my fit for Florida journey here. To kick things off, here are three things I’m doing right now to get my arse in gear.
1. Counting calories using My Fitness Pal
I can’t tell you the amount of diets I’ve followed. Slimming World, Weight Watchers, Exante, Rosemary Connelly – I’ve literally tried them all. Instead of following a diet, I’m counting my calories in My Fitness Pal.
Essentially, the key to losing weight is in consuming less than you burn. So that’s what I’m doing. According to my FitBit, I burn around 2,200 calories a day. So my aim is to eat between 1,200-1,400 to create a 7,000 calorie deficit over the course of a week. This should lead to a 2lb weekly weight loss and 1.5 stone in total. I know this might not be achievable, but I’d rather shoot for the stars. If I give myself a more realistic goal of, say, a stone, I’d probably only end up losing half. That’s just the way I go.
When it comes to food, I’m not cutting anything out apart from bread. If I want a little packet of crisps, a small piece of chocolate or a glass of wine I’ll have it, but only in small doses. I’m weighing and measuring my carbohydrates and trying to keep them low, but I love pasta and rice and know that cutting them out completely won’t work for me.
2. Setting weekly goals
I do a group personal training session every week and our PT encouraged us all to set weekly goals which we track in a shared Google sheet. I’ve found this super helpful for keeping me motivated and setting realistic but challenging goals has really helped me to stay on track.
The aim of the game is to get a streak, so to hit every goal each day. So far I haven’t managed anything substantial but I’m determined to hit at least a two week streak this month. The main thing is, it shows I’m hitting my goals on most days and it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something.
These are my goals for this week, if anyone is interested:
- Track my food every day.
- Stay between 1,200–1,400 calories a day.
- Don’t eat any bread this week.
- Drink 2ltrs of water a day.
3. Being accountable
The last thing I’m doing to get fit for Florida is holding myself accountable. I’m going to be doing regular blog content, tweets, Instagrams (when I set it up) and am thinking of filming some fit for Florida vlogs too – side note: let me know if you’d be interested in watching them.
I’m hoping that by sharing my journey with you, I’ll be keeping myself on track for September. Weight loss is a really hard thing to do alone. It’s full of self-doubt, moments of weakness and a lot of frustrated tears, so it’s good to have some virtual buddies and cheerleaders along the way.
So that’s it, the three things I’m doing to get fit for Florida. Are you on a health and fitness journey? Send your tips my way in the comments!