Over this last year we examined several issues concerning the way we lived, the way we ate, and the way we spent our money, and in doing so we have discovered changes that needed to be made in each area. We tackled the issues one at a time and when felt like we had it in check with our new goals we would move on to the next item on the list.
Well I'm glad to say we have gotten to the point where we can address our fitness levels. Over the last few years life has really taken a toll on us. Our stress level has been maxed out and we have used most of our energy just surviving day to day. Not anymore! We are taking back our health in the same manner we took back our life, our food, and our money.
In order to do this I need to lose weight and increase my strength, where Racey just needs to maintain his weight and increase his activity level. How do we plan to do this while still living a frugal life you ask?
This is how:
- I will follow a low calorie meal plan eating REAL food. No diet bars or shakes, no 100 calorie packs, no frozen diet meals, just real whole food.
- I will cut back my carbonated drinks to 1 a day and drink more water.
- I will exercise three to five times a week.
- I will set trackable goals and make myself accountable for what I do, and take credit for things I don't do!
As for Racey, he is so happy to have me outside and in a good mood that any activity I come up with he is game for!
This weekend we hiked Kennesaw Mtn. (just over a mile +800 ft. elevation) on Saturday which burned 1213 calories. Then, on Sunday, we rode our mountain bikes at Blankets Creek in Cherokee County with a calorie burn total of 1025. All of these are frugal, free activities that don't require a paid membership to something or somewhere. Besides, would you rather walk on a treadmill while watching TV or see the scenery in these pictures?
This weekend the weather is going to be nice again so I think we will go Geocaching (click the link to find out what Geocaching is all about) up north a little and either hike Kennesaw Mtn. again or find another trail at the bike park. Needless to say we will be outside enjoying life!
Hope to see you around!