Countdown to Wedding.
Over the past two months, I've been slacking - big time. I've been indulging in desserts on the weekends. I've been going away with Chris and enjoying decadent dinners at French restaurants and sipping cappuccinos every chance I had. Work has been extremely busy and I've been putting in plenty of hours. Freelance projects have included some late nights to meet deadlines and some trips into the city for different events, so I've only been able to get four workouts in per week.
And I've seen a bit of a flux in my body - nothing noticeable on a scale but I don't feel as strong as I did a few weeks ago and I feel a little sloppier.
So, with the guidance of my fitness-freak fiance and armed with enough information to safely manage any diabetes disaster, I'm starting a whole new regimen. I will roll with this until my wedding date, after which time I will be on my honeymoon, happily married, and not plagued by the white dress stress.
My plan is to take a standard approach to every day, eating almost exactly the same thing daily and following as much of a schedule as possible. I know that when I eat similar items, I see similar blood sugar responses. I'm hoping that a more finely-tuned diet will eliminate blood sugar fluctations and help me keep better tabs on what I'm eating. (Because those almond Hershey kisses on my co-worker's desk are delicious and I keep snaking them throughout the day. No more of that for the next two and a half months.)
I'm going to try to follow this meal plan at least Monday - Friday:
8:30 am: Oatmeal and walnuts, with my morning cup of tea.
10:00 am: Yogurt.
Lunch: Salad of baby spinach with baked chicken, cherry tomatoes, and portabella mushrooms with balsamic vinagrette dressing.
2:30 pm: Apple and peanut butter.
5:00 pm: Breakstone cottage cheese double. (These things are delicious.)
Dinner: Eggs, or soup, or chicken and that zippy white bean salad, or something else healthy along those lines.
Bedtime snack: Light, low-carb snack, like nuts or a cheese stick
As far as the workout goes, I'm changing things a little, but not completely. Generally, I'm at the gym Monday - Friday and doing 15 minutes of weight training, then a 30 minute cardiovascular workout. I'm doing a variety of weight exercises (like tricep dips, push-ups, box jumps, jumping rope, lunges, I'm exhausted just writing this stuff, ab exercises, etc.) and doing 2 minutes walking - 10 minutes running as my cardio workout.
Re-reading this, it sounds so regimented. BORING. But I've worked very hard over the last few years to change my body and I'm so hopeful that this new routine brings me to a new level of fitness and diabetes health overall, making me ready for my walk down the aisle.
Because I tried on my wedding gown again this weekend and it fits like a glove. A glove without much room for weight gain.
No more nervous nibbling - it's time to buckle down and make this work. Let the sweating begin!