Jump Starting 2012

It feels like just yesterday that I was writing a "Year in Review: 2010" post, so when I feel less lazy and less like "I just did this, why do I have to this again?", I may (or may not) write one.

In the mean time, my hubby and I are going on a cruise with some friends of ours in late April. Prior to our wedding, I lost 18 pounds in preparation. Over the past two years since then, I have put back on nine of those pounds. I think this mostly has to do with that fact that I feel like I can eat whatever I want because I do triathlons. I want to get into "cruise body" shape and I have 16 weeks to do it, which is a ton of time. My goal is to lose 12 pounds in those 16 weeks. Why 12? Because I'll probably put back on 2-3 pounds during the course of the cruise, so I'll be right back at wedding weight when all is said and done.

To kick start my weight loss, I am going nuts on food and alcohol today as my farewell to eating bad, then I'm starting with a one week cleanse tomorrow. Its a "cleanse" that I came up with on my own to hopefully jumpstart my weight loss. Here are the goals of my one week cleanse:

1. No alcohol.
2. Limited caffeine (one tea a day)
3. No sweets.
4. No fried or greasy foods.
5. No red meat
6. 64 ounces of water a day
7. 5 servings of fruits and veggies (total, not of each) a day (this will be the hardest as we currently don't have either one in the house and we don't usually have much of either, but that's what grocery shopping is for)

Even if I really struggle with any one (or 7) of these goals, its only for a week. It will also make it easy to sustain a less strict diet once I'm done with the cleanse. If I can do this for one week, I can follow the Weight Watchers plan for the remaining 15 weeks without much problem (I hope).


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