My 8 Week Weight Loss Plan is a Start, Not an End

My 8 Week Weight Loss Plan

I’ve decided to get started with an 8 week weight loss plan to clean up the extra pounds I’ve gained since the start of the year.  I’ve let a few of my good habits slide over the months as my gym had to shut its doors during the lockdown and as I had to adjust my shopping and eating habits to the pandemic ecosystem.

Pounds Slowly Climbing On

For a while, I thought I wasn’t among the millions of us across the country who were gaining body fat because of all the lifestyle changes. It was a slow climb that I shrugged off as just a pound or two – or even water weight – at the start.  But now that it’s been around half a year, I can see that this isn’t just a bit of extra sodium making my tissues retain water. I’ve been gradually working my way to being a lovable chonk.

Since it looks like this is going to be the way things are for at least a few more months, I can’t let myself continue this way. I created an 8 week weight loss plan for myself to get myself headed in the right direction again.  This is not a two month diet plan.  I won’t be stopping after I’m done.  The strategy is just to put me on the right track so I can slip back into my good habits.

Creating an 8 Week Weight Loss Plan in a Pandemic

My 8 week weight loss plan doesn’t have anything to do with extremes. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that’s not what I’m about anyway.  Still, I needed to put down some rules to stop things from getting worse.  I’ve already started my strategy, and the goal is to rebuild my old habits but in a new environment.

I can’t go to my gym – and even when it opens, I won’t be ready to head in right away – but that doesn’t mean I can’t do my workouts. I’m back to doing runs to get my cardio back on track. I can’t use the machines I’m used to but, I’ve started focusing on more bodyweight training that lets me use my own bodyweight for strength training.  It doesn’t need very much – if any – equipment. I can do a lot of the exercises in my living room. Sometimes I support them with a resistance band, but it isn’t always necessary.  I’m definitely using a set of hand weights. That makes it more convenient. It’s still possible to do moves without any equipment at all.

I’ll keep adapting my 8 week weight loss plan as I continue doing it. That way, I will be able to adjust it to focus on what’s working and fix what isn’t.

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