If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat, you’ve likely seen that I am participating in a contest at my office gym called The Biggest Winner. The concept is very similar to the tv show, The Biggest Loser. Basically it’s an 8-week contest to see who can lose the most body fat percentage. We weigh in each Tuesday and the gym officials keep track of our body fat weekly. While I know I’m not overweight by any means, it’s great motivation to clean up my diet and lean down before summer. So how am I planning to reduce my body fat over the next two months?
Count My Calories
I most likely won’t continue this the entire eight weeks, but plan to count my calories for the first week or so at least. This is mostly just to keep myself in check and to give me an idea of my portion sizes. For instance, I love to grab a handful of chocolate almonds after dinner. Now, I’m held accountable to take exactly one serving from the bag.
OK this may seem drastic, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for awhile. I’ve been running consistently for 16 years now and my joints need a break every now and then. Not only that, I’ve talked about how I tend to gain weight when running (especially long distances) on the blog before. Aside from some HIIT training, I plan to keep my running to a minimum… if I do any at all.
Try New Workouts
To keep my muscles guessing, I am going to try as many new and different workouts as possible. So far this week, I’ve done a power barre class (totally new to me!) and two spin classes. I am planning to do a yoga class tomorrow as well. This will force me to use different muscles regularly and to mix in cardio, strength and interval training.
Reduce Alcohol and Carbs
Ahh… my two bugaboos. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love both alcohol and carbs (technically the same thing I guess, but you get what I’m saying). I’m allowing myself to have a drink or two on the weekends, but am keeping my weekdays alcohol free. Carbs will also be kept to a minimum and will consist mostly of oatmeal, some fruit and whole wheat. This will be a challenge for me, but that’s how you see results!
Track My Steps
One way I stay motivated is by wearing a tracker of some sort every day. I personally wear this tracker (I received this tracker complimentary as an employee), but have tried several other ones and feel that each has their pros and cons. Wearing a tracker helps keep me accountable and reminds me to move throughout the day. It also tracks my sleep, so I can be sure I’m getting enough sleep consistently.