Let’s Get Healthy Together Week 5 (with help from the Heart and Stroke Foundation)

This post is written as part of a journey inspired by the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s My Healthy Weight Action Plan, an online tool geared towards helping you live a healthier life. Feel free to get caught up on previous posts: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4

Health Update: For those of you who are new to these posts, I’ve been fighting off pneumonia for the past couple of weeks. I’m finally starting to feel better and I just finished the antibiotics this weekend. I am happy to announce that although I did fall off the healthy eating horse (slightly) last week, I was able to jump back on board this week. As far as exercise goes, unfortunately this was another exercise free week. This week, I plan on getting back into exercising as I am feeling rather guilty for not doing it for 2 weeks.

Here are the stats to show my progress in my “Get Healthy Challenge”:


Start Weight: 190 pounds
End of Week 1: 185 pounds
End of Week 2: 183 pounds
End of Week 3: 182 pounds
End of Week 4: 179 pounds

Starting BMI: 28.9
End of Week 1 BMI: 28.1
End of Week 2 BMI: 27.8
End of Week 3 BMI: 27.7
End of Week 4 BMI: 27.2

My goal is to reach a normal BMI which would be 24.9 (the top of what is considered a “normal” BMI) at 164 pounds and from there, I plan to reassess.


I am very happy with my steady weight loss. I find myself stepping on the scale a few times a week because I need to see how I am progressing. I don’t know if this is a good way of doing things, but I figure if I’m motivated by the numbers on the scale, it is ok to continue using the scale as a motivator.

My main motivator is the FREE online Heart and Stroke Foundation My Healthy Weight Action Plan Tool. When I started going off course with my eating because I was really sick, I stopped recording my eating habits and I actually felt guilty for that. Then, when I started recording using the on line tracking tool, I found myself not wanting to record the food that I felt guilty for eating. What did this accomplish? I was just cheating myself.

I have really liked the fact that I can also track how I am feeling each day. This allows me to go back, view whether or not I engaged in physical activity and if I didn’t, I can remember why.

This Week’s Challenges:

  • I didn’t exercise at all because I was still short of breath and lethargic from the pneumonia (how pathetic do I sound?).
  • We made sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day and it was very challenging to not go back to my old habits of eating the batter and indulging in the cookies afterwards. I did have a few cookies throughout the weekend, but I felt ok having a small treat.
  • Because I was more tired this week, I drank more coffee than I have been lately.
  • Hubby and I ordered take out on Friday night. It was hard to find something that was ok for me to eat, but luckily I did (super thin crust pizza with light sauce and cheese and all veggies). Not awesome, but much better than my other options!

This Week’s Smiles:

  • I drank A LOT of water. Not only is it good for my body, it also really helped to fill me up when I was wanting to snack.
  • I am starting to feel more confidence in my body. It’s baby steps, but because I can feel the results of my weight loss, boy does it ever feel good!
  • I continued to drink hot lemon water every morning which helped with my water intake and digestion.
  • I pre-washed and cut veggies that I bought so that they were easy to grab when I was hungry OR when I needed something to add to my dinner!
  • I am really enjoying my protein shakes. They fill me up and I love the taste (am I a freak for this?).

Goals for Next Week:

  • Exercise! Do Zumba at least once and DDR at least twice.
  • Continue telling myself that “I deserve to be healthy.”
  • Continue to find healthy recipes.
  • Continue my hunt for a protein bar that I feel good about eating for a snack (low in calories, fat and sugar).

Check out the healthier recipes I’ve found: Brussel Sprout and Broccoli Slaw Individual Cookie Dough Oatmeal Cake (Breakfast) Breakfast “Grab and Go” Cookies Biggest Loser Oatmeal Pancakes Sweet and Sour Roasted Chickpeas Here are some healthy recipe websites and blogs that I have found this week: www.heartandstroke.com www.busybuthealthy.com www.skinnytaste.com Here are the Blog Hops if you are interested in checking them out:

Are you trying to stay motivated in eating healthier and living a healthier lifestyle? What were your challenges and/or successes this week? Even if you are sticking to your usual routine, I’d love for you to take a moment to write me a comment. I am not kidding one little bit that the comments I receive truly do help me to keep motivated! Thank you so much for your support.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11549579351659690784 ~ The Country Mouse ~

    Every week I read about your hot lemon water and think I must try that. Making a note right now!

    Glad you are starting to feel better. And, continued congrats on your steady decline. So happy for you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09251507898309184477 Christine

    WOW! You are doing a fabulous job! You go girl! :) I can’t believe it’s already week 5! Oh, and I love that you mentioned to do Zumba or DDR! Love, love, love! I’m actually off to Zumba class tonight!

    Keep up the awesome work! Yay, you! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05200732667657451865 Deanna T.

    Finding healthy take-out food is a real challenge. When I don’t feel good I don’t want to cook, and I also still don’t want to eat garbage… Happened upon an awesome option in the past few weeks. Mediterranean or Lebanese food. Chicken kabobs or chicken shwarma, rice, hummus, salad. Yum.

  • katrina Brady

    Thumbs up sweetie! You are doing great. Whatever motivates you is the way to go :) I’m also going to try out that brussel sprout and broccoli slaw recipe. Looks amazing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10153763725824114654 Bewildered Bug

    OMG you’ve become tiny! :)
    That’s some significant weight loss – I think I’m going to go try out this weight loss app too! *jealous*

    I really need to lose some around the middle too – doctor’s orders :(

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02940114428156669301 esahm

    You’ve lost over 10 pounds! That’s awesome! You are doing great! Take out can be tough, but denying yourself your favorite foods all the time or avoiding eating out at all will eventually backfire because you will feel deprived. I think it’s great that you found a good compromise with the thin crust pizza. Keep it up!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17318097778780146026 Sober Julie

    That is so great!! Keep it up, you’re getting healthier with each good choice you make

  • http://www.littlecooltoys.com/ Eva | Little Cool Toys

    Wow! You’re definitely on the right track and doing really good – despite being sick. Don’t be to hard on yourself, it’s so OK to have a homemade cookie and a good pizza once in a while. Thai food is really delicious if that’s a possibility in your area, or Chinese (avoiding the fried obviously!)
    For snack alternatives you should have a look at these two brands: “Kashi” and “Kind”

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09403615182823469469 Did you know Canada

    Wow, great job Mama!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04891669814076208718 Nicole

    You’re doing great! Steady pace with fab results. I’m so glad you’re beginning to feel better.

    Zumba is one of my go-to workouts too! So fun!

    - Nicole

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12480401325896207068 Good Girl Gone Green

    Awesome! You are doing great! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08459584652802529868 Laural Dawn

    “Then, when I started recording using the on line tracking tool, I found myself not wanting to record the food that I felt guilty for eating. What did this accomplish? I was just cheating myself”

    I do exactly that! I find myself not journaling the bad stuff.
    You know what’s surprising to me? In a week when I actually write down the crap I feel guilty about I still do okay.
    I’m not saying it’s okay to eat all your calories in cookies – and I know you should avoid sugar – but sometimes an oreo (or a homemade sugar cookie) is just a cookie and not an excuse to beat myself up! And, I think that to be successful in a healthy lifestyle you have to indulge sometimes.

    You’re doing amazing!

    PS I have not ever found one protein bar that meets all your qualifications and is edible. I’d love to hear what you find.

  • http://www.positivelypamperedpatty.ca/ PositivelyPamperedPatty

    Yay!! You are doing fantastically well! Good for you. It is okay to indulge a little treat for yourself as long you move it and keep active you’ll burn it off.

    The lemon with warm water is really good for you, it actually stimulates the liver, aids in digestion, and so many other things.

    The personal trainer we had one time told us it is the first thing you should drink when you wake up. Then 15 minutes later a glass of natural apple juice with a teaspoon of benefiber.

    I still do the lemon every day, and I also add lime to my water, love the taste and the health benefits are amazing. I rarely get sick. All that vitamin C.

    Good job I am so excited for you in your progress. Take it slow with the exercises, pneumonia is nothing to laugh about.

    I will be checking out your recipes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02203625897802445326 Kat

    Great job! Pizza Hit has some heart check from the heart and stroke foundation menu items. They are pretty tasty! I like the Fruit source bars. They contain 3 servings of fruit ancestors, 120 cal and 0 g fat. As a sweet fix I like the Nature Valley bars. Keep it up girl!

  • Chris

    Wow! It sounds like even if you don’t do everything ‘perfectly’ you are still improving your health in big ways. I just started using the Heart and Stroke Healthy Weight Action Plan yesterday, and your results are very encouraging. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12984993667931724561 el03ro

    November 13-Let’s Get Healthy Together -Week 5. I continue to be inspired by your diary and your committment despite your ill health. You are helping me stay on track as I do get tempted, especially at this time of year with Goodies all round me. I am going to try your lemon in hot water drink and I am still having a problem drinking enough water. Elva Roberts