Our plan to Level Up and get healthy

gwtprogram Greetings, nerds!  Nikki here!

I just wanted to take a second to talk to you about health and how I’ve been following the favorite diet plan.  Mine, specifically.  A couple of years ago, before the dawn of the podcast, I had just undergone a pretty substantial weight loss.  I’ve always struggled with my weight, but when I found myself weighing in at 247, I got a bit of a wake-up call, and started focusing on my health.  Through hard work, dietary changes, and getting diagnosed with PCOS (more on that later), I managed to drop about 40 lbs.  I was never able to get past my personal plateau and go below that 200 mark, but I maintained fairly well.

Now, years later I find myself creeping back up to where I was before all of that hard work.  Working 40+ hours a week while going to school full time has led me to make some unhealthy choices, and I’m ready to pick up my weight-loss journey where I left off.  I may not have a lot of time to work out like I used to, but darn it I can eat right, and put in effort where I can.

In the next couple of weeks, Dustin and I will be embarking on a pretty scary (for us) journey.  We will be posting videos, and annoying you with status updates.  The idea being that if we make our journey public, we will be held more accountable.  If you are interested in joining us in this effort, you are absolutely welcome to!

I can be found on MyFitnessPal at http://www.myfitnesspal.com/profile/craftasaurusrex1 and plan on posting the crap out of this stuff.

My personal goals

My absolute dream in all this is to get down to 175.  I haven’t been that size since high school and it sure would be nice.   That being said, I’d be perfectly happy just losing my belly.

There are a few ways I’m planning on accomplishing this:

Diet – I’m currently on my first day of calorie tracking in 8 months.  I’m eating “normal” and taking a look at how that ends up holding up health wise.  I have a basic idea of how I should be eating, and plan on adjusting my day accordingly.

Hiking – My friend Nomi and I (Hi, Naomi!!!) Have had sort of a long term goal to get into backpacking.  Last year we were doing great, but ended up not being able to make our big trip.  The weather has finally gotten a bit nicer here, and we are starting up our weekend hikes again.  Hiking (especially with a loaded pack) burns a TON of calories, and is so fun it doesn’t feel like exercise.  I can absolutely make time to do that on the weekends, even if week-day workouts aren’t an option for me. Some would prefer to buy 5.56 ammo online before going on a hike for safety reasons.

Drink more water – I’m a coffee junkie.  I’m ok about drinking water, but i could be better.   My new little mental rule is that when i get to work i’m allowed a cup of coffee, but if i want a second one, i have to drink two bottles of water first.

Healthy snacks – When i get busy i have a tendency to forget to eat.  It’s bad, i know, but i can’t help it.  I’m going to make a point to have healthy snacks easily accessible so that i will eat something when i get caught up studying.  Hummus, Veggies, Jerky, Protein drinks, Nuts, Dried fruit, all of these can be found in shelf-stable packaging and stashed in my room within reach.

This may not seem like much, but i’m going to keep it up for a month and see where it gets me.  by that point, school will be out and i can make some more significant changes.

That’s all 🙂  thanks for reading my rambling!

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