This is my general plan, at least for now:
-Exercise 6 days a week.
My workouts consist of 30-40 minutes on the elliptical, 30 minutes on the stationary bike, and about 15 minutes of strength training (alternating between arms and legs). So far I am REALLY enjoying working out. My kids go to the childcare room and then I have an hour and a half all alone! Never mind the fact that I am drenched in sweat and breathing heavy- I'm alone!
I say "ish" because I am eating about 60-80 carbs a day, which is not as low as most plans suggest. I have done the extreme low carb, with good success as far as weight loss goes, but it didn't feel like a realistic lifestyle for me. I try to limit my carbs by not eating a bun with my burger, using lettuce as a wrap, buying low carb tortillas and noodles, etc. Also, I try to eat a lot of protein- eggs and bacon in the morning, tuna or chicken for lunch, nuts and cheese for snacks. I am a carb addict, so this is still pretty drastic for me. But the less sugar I eat, the less I crave it!
-Water, water, water
I read that you are supposed to drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily. Which is awesome if you weigh 130 pounds, but it is pretty hard for me to do! I feel like I am constantly chugging it down. However, I am one of those odd people that loves water and never had a soft drink, juice, or sweet tea habit. So this is a pretty easy step for me to take.
That's pretty much it! Very basic, very simple to follow. Of course, having the motivation to stick to it every day may be a different story! For now, I am really enjoying it all and haven't had an incredible amount of temptation. I did have one afternoon where I could not stop thinking about a Braum's hot fudge sundae, but I just powered through the craving and it went away.
As far as exercise goes, I am really pushing myself with this. I read something the other day that may sound trite, but it has made a difference to me: Your brain will give out long before your body will. In other words, your brain will tell you it's too hard, too long, too difficult, but your body is capable of going much further than you think. So I am trying to ignore my wimpy brain and let my body decide what it can handle! I have been impressed thus far!
As always, this is All To Bring You Glory!