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!
- 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?).
- 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).
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