No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth; I’ve just been really, really busy. Some of you may have noticed that I didn’t get the NSV post up this week. You can feel free to share your NSVs in the comments on this post, if you like.
How are you doing with the challenges? I hope you’re finding them encouraging, motivating and, well, challenging. I finally seem to be meeting my steps goal fairly consistently. The elliptical definitely helps with that.
Are you ready for this week’s challenges? Here you go!
1. Plan a week’s worth of healthy meals this week. For me, planning is key. I think this is true for a lot of people, too. As a matter of fact, my sister called me the other day to let me know that we’d be having lasagna for dinner at her house this week. She thought I’d like to know because it’s not a homemade, lower-fat version and she wanted me to be able to plan — and eat — accordingly that day.
So, I strongly encourage you to write out a menu for this week (I know that some of you already do that) and do your grocery shopping based on it. A lot of times, when I plan this way, I’ll try to couple a higher calorie dinner with a lower calorie lunch, to ensure that I stay within my calorie range each day.
2. Try a new exercise DVD this week. Not only do we tend to get mentally bored with doing the same routine all the time, but our body adapts, too. After awhile, your body becomes more efficient, burning less calories doing the same workout. To keep burning fat and losing calories, we need to change things up every couple of weeks or so.
I know that workout DVDs can get expensive after awhile, so be sure to check your local library. You may be pleasantly surprised to find a nice selection of workout videos. Also, consider swapping with a friend. That way, you both can change things up with no added expense.
Spring is just two weeks away! Are you staying consistent so you’ll be ready for shorts and swim suit season? (How’s that for motivation?!)
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.