Week 1 of Getting Fit – Meal Planning and Easing In To Workouts

Last week I confessed that I am an out-of-shape fitness writer. It was embarrassing, but something I had to get off my chest. I said needed to start working out regularly again and take control of what I was eating. And I’m proud to say that that’s just what I did.

Last weekend I planned our meals for the week ahead, then went on a big shopping spree to buy all the ingredients I’d need. I’d say I stuck to the meal plan 85% of the time… one night Brian and I went to my parents’ house instead of eating at home, but it was for a healthy grilled chicken dish and I made sure not to over-eat.

My exercise plan for the week didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. Okay, I went on three 2-mile walks, did one Jillian Michaels workout, went to one yoga class and one Pilates class, but I didn’t do any of the indoor riding on my road bike or swimming, as I’d planned. But this is just the first week, and I’m working out the kinks in terms of making time for and scheduling my workouts. It did help to use my Believe I Am Training Journal, though! I logged in all my work outs, and I already know it’s going to serve as a visual motivator for me to work harder at making time to exercise.

Believe I Am training journal
A page of my Believe I Am training journal

I also mentioned last week that I’m participating in a “biggest loser” type of contest at my family’s printing business, Barrington Printing. Last week I weighed in at 148.8.

My weight this week is 148.6.

No big movement on the scale yet, but I already feel better making smarter food choices, eating less and moving more.

And I promised last week that, as much as I didn’t want to, I would put up my BEFORE pictures, if nothing else but to shame myself into exercise and eating healthily. So here goes. Hold me.

Aaand, scene. I’ve shared my bikini shots with you. That’s all I’ve got for today, folks.

I’ll check in again next week with my progress!

What keeps you motivated to eat right and work out?

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Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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  1. 1.18.13

    you go girl! first of all, you look great! Second, keep up the good work. I’m doing the same thing, easing into the year week by week, figuring out what works and what doesn’t. And it does feel good to make healthier choices for sure. Good luck!

  2. 1.18.13
    Liza Glick said:

    I think you look great already but good luck in accomplishing your goals! You can do it!

  3. 1.18.13
    Karen said:

    You look amazeballs already!!!

  4. 1.18.13
    Sharon said:

    thank you for being real and genuine.

  5. 1.18.13
    Jessica said:

    Good for you! Not a lot of gals would be so open and honest (and brave). Although, seriously, I think you look great now! Dying to hear what you thought of Shred – maybe a there’s a review post in the future? 🙂

  6. 1.18.13

    I’m so proud of you! I can’t get over how GORGEOUS you already look in a bikini! You’re so honest, so brave and so fun. Keep up the GREAT work!

  7. 1.19.13
    candice said:

    First I want to congratulate you on putting up such a revealing photo. If that isn’t inspiration I don’t know what is. You look great already, but good luck on your journey. Its so hard to feel motivated when its so cold and dreary.

  8. 1.19.13

    Good for you. You’re an inspiration, and I love that you are taking one step at a time and not expecting perfection. Best wishes for fitness success.

  9. 1.19.13

    You are so inspiring! I can’t wait to hear more about your journey with this. I am actually in the process of trying to get back in shape myself. You are not alone! 🙂

  10. 1.19.13
    Meg said:

    THANK YOU for sharing! Now that I am home from vacation and settled into a routine, I have decided that Monday begins my commitment! I signed up for (2) spinning and a TRX class … the spinning I am OK with, the TRX scares the daylights out of me. Here goes nothing! Good luck my friend … I am going to have to look into the journal you mentioned as the visual motivator is key for me! xoxo

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