This time last year, we were gearing up for our summer slim down challenge. With only 12 weeks till summer it’s time to get serious about health, wellness and, let’s be honest, bathing suits! As many of you have already heard me mention, I do a “Tune-Up” utilizing phase one for just a few weeks a year to keep my weight in check. It’s one of the ways that I have learned to help manage my weight. Now, before you try to tell me that’s yo-yo dieting, I want to stop you right there! There is a big different between yo-yo dieting (depending on a diet/program to lose weight quickly after living an unhealthy lifestyle and allowing all the old habits to return) and intentionally fasting for brief periods to manage and sustain weight loss and good hormone balance. This process is one of several keys to long term success we discuss in our Ideal Lifestyle Maintenance program. Tune-ups are simple, quick and a great way to rebalance our insulin and glucagon hormones quickly and efficiently. This process is designed for those who are in maintenance and should only last about 2-3 weeks, tops!
So many things in our day to day life require a tune up and we don’t even think twice about it. Our cars require periodic maintenance to stay in good running condition, many ladies visit their hair stylist regularly to cover up the gray or the curl the board straight hair, shape the eyebrows or polish the nails. And men, don’t you just love the ongoing house repairs and maintenance that’s required to keep your home safe and functional? Well, why would taking care of our bodies be any different?
This spring, I am grabbing my coach and jumping in with all my Weigh4Life friends and getting my tune up done a little early!! I am excited to do this process, increase my energy and get back into a great pattern of exercise and healthy eating after being out of town for the last 5 out of 6 weekends!!! Over the next 4 weeks, I’ll be blogging my journey and sharing my experiences with you. I have planned out my tune- up and will be starting April 2nd so why not join me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
First things first!!! Before I start a tune up, one of the best ways to a quick and successful tune up is planning. By the way, if you’re reading this and you are getting ready to start phase 1 and not tuning up (maybe starting for the first time OR reaching a new goal) these tips can still apply to you!!! Here’s any overview of my plan while on phase 1 for this short time and what I hope to accomplish. Over the next 4 weeks, I will be expanding on some of the bullet points below. There’s really no point in tuning up without spending some time thinking these things through. They will help me be successful in maintenance. Remember, we are starting lifestyle living from the beginning, no matter if that’s a tune up or regular phase 1, live it out from the start!
Before I Start My Tune Up!
- Plan, Plan, PLAN!!!! I am getting out my journal and planning each and every day on phase 1. If I am sticking to my tune-up timeline of just a couple of weeks, it will be easy to take a few minutes to sit down and decide what I will be having. Timing is everything so I have already decided to start the day after Easter!
- Call a Coach! I called my coach (Coach Kathy) and set up an appointment to discuss my goals and get my measurements.
- Clear away the temptations! I have thrown out all the nuts and pretzels in my entire house. No joke. They are my biggest temptations and just a couple of bites can sabotage my entire tune up!
- Set Goals! I have already started of some goals I want to accomplish while on protocol. This tune up is not really about a number on a scale, it’s about my health and my hormones so I need to think through what non-scale goals I have. I have also already decided that I’m going to follow through on the maintenance program with my coach when I am finished my tune up.
Goals During My Tune Up
Here is my initial goal list. I may add to it as I accomplish certain goals, but I want to make sure I use my time wisely. Phase 1 is almost a guarantee. It works, and I can do this almost on autopilot by now so it’s time to focus on the bigger picture. In the coming weeks, I will share you with how my goals are playing out and go into greater detail so stay tuned.
- Choose some new IP Foods this time around
- Make phase 1 something
- Identify struggles and ways to overcome
- Plan maintenance while still on Phase 1
- Take time for R&R (rest and respect)
- Exercise regularly
- Get family and friends involved in planning cooking and nutrition education
- Try new dinner recipes and veggies
I am excited for this journey and I hope you are too! Please comment and share your success and failures along the way on Facebook or comment on here. Sharing our journeys with one another is how we all grow. I look forward to hearing how you do!