So, one of my resolutions is to lose 15–20 pounds. Another one of my resolutions is to drink 40 oz of water (up from the zero ounces of water I currently drink) daily. And a third resolution is to exercise more. Today, I am happy to report that these 3 resolutions are alive and well. Cuz I started a diet program this morning. The one I was referring to in my last post: Curves Complete. It’s a 3-month program that combines diet, exercise and motivation to get you to your ideal weight.
I was kinda concerned that they would push me to sign up for a longer membership, but they only mentioned it to me briefly. And I stuck to my guns: I only need to lose 20 pounds. Once I lose that weight, there’s no need for me to continue on with the program. So they didn’t pressure me in the slightest to sign an extended contract. Yay!
For week 1, I’m on Phase 1, a very strict diet, honestly. It’s not going to be pretty. A few days ago, I logged onto their site and selected my meal plan for the whole week. I had a lot of options to pick and choose from, including “heat and eat” meals (TV dinners) and even some sweet treats (like ice cream and whatnot) to substitute out for my snacks. I’m eating 3 meals a day plus two snacks. See?
What’s great about this diet plan, for me, is that the recipes can easily be printed out (or saved to my iPad) as well as the shopping list for that week’s menu. So, I carefully selected the same kinds of meals and snacks so that I’m able to buy the same kinds of ingredients for that week. Cuz I personally think it’s crazy to buy 1 oz of Provolone or 2 spinach leaves, don’t you?
There’s also a list of approved fast-food menu items that I can sub out for one of my meals, and that list is, like, 12 pages long, which is truly amazeballs.
I love me some Firehouse Subs!
As for the exercise portion of the plan, I go to Curves four times a week for 30-minute sessions as well as walk a predetermined amount of steps per day. For week 1, I have to walk 5,000 steps a day. Yeah, it’s kinda intense, I admit. Apparently by the time the 3 months is over, I’ll be up to 10,000 steps a day (or something) plus the 4 weekly workouts. This program is not for the lazy, I’ll tell you that.
And as for the motivation part of the plan, there are daily videos to watch on the website plus a group forum to encourage you to stick to your goals. But, I gotta tell ya, while I promise to watch them all, the motivation for me is the fact that I spent the money on the damn program, so I will finish it and reach my goals, come hell or high water.
I think that previous diets failed for me cuz I never put any money into a gym membership or a diet program, so I could easily talk myself out of exercising for the day. So, this time, I think I’ve chosen the right method I need to succeed. And, fyi, the program is NOT cheap. So, yeah, definite motivation for me.
The only potential problems I see for the average woman is the hours that Curves is open and the lack of childcare, which other major gyms provide. Lucky for me, I’m unemployed (well, not *really* lucky, but that’s another resolution for another day) and I don’t need a babysitter to watch my kid while I exercise. My Curves is open from 5:30 AM (yeah, right!) until only 7 at night, with 2 hours being closed in the middle of the day. Also, the place closes at noon on Saturday, and it’s also closed all day Sunday. And I’m pretty sure those hours are typical across the US. So, the average mom working 9-5? Not very appealing, in my opinion.
Oh, yeah, one other potential problem that I’m trying to ignore: drinking 64 oz of water a day. Of course. No diet is complete without forcing this gawd-awful tasteless crap to run through my digestive system. Ugh!
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the package they gave me at signup:
- Vanilla (or Chocolate) protein shake mix
- and a Pedometer, to keep track of my steps.
Once a week, I meet with a coach, and she reviews my past week’s diet plan to check for success as well as taking my weekly measurements. She also checks the pedometer, as the pedometer they provide keeps track of daily progress for up to a week. So I can’t lie about it. Damn it anyways. (I can lie about the water intake, however. Ha!)
So, if you don’t hear from me throughout the week, it’s cuz I’m a starving, miserable, dieting bitch who is avoiding all types of human contact so as to not bite anyone’s head off with my bare teeth and flush it down the toilet. Wish me luck.
*Note: I was NOT provided with any type of compensation to write this post. I’m writing about it with my own free will. And I’m paying for it, just like everybody else. Imagine that.