Are you hoping to look foxier by summer?
If so, what paleo-related goals have you set for yourself? They could be eating-, workout-, weight loss-related, or other!
What do you hope to accomplish with respect to taking care of yourself in the next three months in preparation for summer?
Do you have daily or weekly goals? Are you shaking things up and trying new methods - for example, food journaling, busting out of your exercise routine, working on a tan this year, signing up for a program like CrossFit, or going VLC or ZC?
I'm curious to know what folks are doing to gear up for fat loss and muscle gain as the weather warms. Before you know it, sandals, shorts, capris, and skirts will be practically manditory.
My goals are...
Not all directly related to improving my physique but all of them about overall happiness. When I am happy I am also committed to my health.
Hmmmmmm. You made me think about this one. I am super happy with exactly where I'm at with my weight and body composition. It took me a long time and I'm excited to be holding steady. Maintenance is a really different place mentally than losing. It's a whole new balance and doesn't have the "reward" of the scale moving down each week. I want to continue to love and enjoy every minute of this new me to the best of my ability.
I really wanted to work on learning Olympic lifts as my new thing, but then I managed to find the worst Crossfit ever so that went down the tubes. I am certainly not comfortable enough to work on them on my own. I am hoping to possibly find a new trainer, but finding one close enough to work that wants to see me at 5am is not easy, despite my charming personality at that time. :p
I want to continue to learn about nutrition and understand the science of it all better. I am going to Diane @ Balanced Bites seminar on Sunday and I'm super excited!
I might try another triathlon this summer. I'd love to do a century bike ride.
Edit: Your wish is my command, darling. This is my favorite tri picture because it just shows how much I love to bike! In the swim/run portions I don't look near this happy.
I'll throw out my current goal before summer: fat loss. And a purely vain objective: in a couple of months we're meeting up with some good friends whom we see entirely too seldom, and I'd like to look significantly slimmer in whatever pictures we take then!
After swinging up and down in the same 10 lb. zone since the holiday season, on March 1 I buckled down and started documenting my food intake. My focus is keeping the carbs low, ideally around 50 g/daily or less. I'm avoiding fructose by and large - my main fruit is berries in moderation. No honey, no potatoes, no sweet potatoes, etc.
Writing things down has made a huge difference and is very eye opening! Though I know some paleo proponents insist that writing stuff down is not necessary, for me and my broken satiety switch, it has been instrumental. I may or may not do it long term, but there is a case in point: since writing things down on March 1, despite eating around 2200 calories a day (I should also note here that I'm nursing...makes a difference as it requires 300-500 calories a day to supply breastmilk...), with a low carb count, I'm 11 lb. down on the scale. I know that a good chunk of that is water weight, but it's the first reliable, steady weight loss pattern I've seen in a good while.
If anybody wants to join in striving for 3 months of improved body composition, join us over at FatSecret, where I've been documenting intake under the username primalkitchen (do say hi!). We're doing a 3 month primal / paleo challenge.
I have some goals:
Get more sun (a tan!)
Complete 100 push-ups in one sitting
And the goal I've been striving towards for the last year and will continue to reach for: Be the best me I can be. 8)
It's true that when Spring starts to rear its head, I feel a sense of urgency to get "there". But I'm already doing what I feel is optimal given my current circumstances, so there is nothing to change. I'm working on focusing on "here", instead.
I haven't yet decided if the bodyfat% associated with visible abs is a healthy point to be at for an extended period of time. I guess I haven't found what a safe narcissism% is either. When I figure those out I'll decide how much fat I'd like deposited.
Goals for the summer:
1) Continue my exercise regimen as planned. The quantitative bit of this means I'd like to be deadlifting over 250# and both bench-pressing and squatting over 200# by June. "Be strong to be useful," as le Corre says.
2) Continue to eat paleo; cut down on carbohydrates in order to lose some bodyfat.
3) Concretely, I'd like to lose probably 15 or so more lbs of fat by June. That's five a month. That's completely doable. I'd like to lose 20 but I think I should set myself up for success, you know? I'll be continuing to lose fat during the summer anyway.
4) Increase natural vitamin D intake - currently I supplement; I'd like to get enough sun this summer where that isn't necessary.
5) Improve my sleep schedule. I wake up every morning dead tired, and I know it's because I go to bed too late. I want to fix that.
I really need help with this. I have been paleo now since early October, and I really haven't seen many changes in myself. Hubby (soon to be) has lost around 30-35 lbs and is looking great. I've lost maybe 5 lbs. This is super frustrationg for me, as I was the one who instigated the change, and is doing the research, recipe hunting, shopping and cooking.
I'm starting to get disappointed and I know that is a bad road for me. So I am in need of a kick in the pants so to say. I'm in need of a new work-out routine, and I'm going to cut out another 50% of my carbs and try to raise the fat intake - which for me might mean adding in milk fats (heavy cream and greek yogurt), as I am really not loving coconut oil as a major staple - it seems to upset my tummy when I eat it too much.
This is all in anticipation of not only summer but my wedding in September - gotta look good for the photos.