In less than a month, my family and I will arrive in beautiful, sunny (we hope) Italy for two weeks in Tuscany. Red wine, pasta, pizza (probably lots of pizza and pasta with the girls), the sun, a pool, Florence, Pisa, a wedding for close friends, and so much more. We cannot wait.
In anticipation of our jaunt to Tuscany, my husband and I have decided to tone up and work on getting back into shape. It means different things for each of us.
I have been blessed with a great metabolism, but those of you that know me know my deepest, darkest secret about food. I am a junk food junkie. I adore a double cheeseburger from McDonald’s, a pizza from just about anywhere, and a Pepsi or a beer. In addition, I’m fairly lazy. I have gone through spurts where I was really into working out or running, but they always seem to fade away.
So, for me, getting back into shape means a few things.
1) Work on my portion control. So far, I am doing alright with this. I like junk food, and know that depriving myself of it is unrealistic. So, my goal is to watch my portions. Do we need to order a large pizza or a medium? I’m full with a medium, but keep eating until overfull with a large.
2) Add exercise back into my routine. I actually feel much better when I exercise, but it’s easy to make excuses not to do it. I’m tired. The girls were naughty. It’s dark or misting outside. I am going to make time for exercise 4 times a week. So far, I’ve already been on three 20 minute runs this week!
3) Cut back on my alcohol and soda intake. Both my doctor and acupuncturist have recommended that I cut back on my caffeine anyway, so I have a double push to cut back on the Pepsi and Coke. British beer is heavier than I am used to, and I know I should cut back on that, too. I’ve taken to relaxing in the evening with my knitting, a movie, and a pint or two. I don’t need to cut alcohol and soda out completely, but I do need to cut down and add more water. I’m not doing as well with this goal as I would like. Now that I’ve shared it here, however, you all can help keep me honest.
That’s it. Those are my three goals to help get toned up and a bit healthier before I head to Tuscany…
…where I plan to drink wine, eat pizza and pasta, and sit by the pool reading and knitting.
At least I’ll look toned up when I board the plane!