Here are the stats to show my progress in my "Get Healthy Challenge":
|Start Weight: 190 pounds||Starting BMI: 28.9|
|End of Week 1: 185 pounds||End of Week 1 BMI: 28.1|
|End of Week 4: 179 pounds||End of Week 4 BMI: 27.2|
|End of Week 8: 175 pounds||End of Week 8 BMI: 26.6|
|End of Week 10: 177 pounds||End of Week 10 BMI: 26.9|
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.
Heart and Stroke "My Healthy Weight Action Plan" Update:
This week, the FREE online Heart and Stroke Foundation My Healthy Weight Action Plan Tool was very helpful for me. We went away for a few days on holiday and I was really worried about what would happen to my new way of living. After all, when you are eating at restaurants three times a day, it is very challenging to always make great health choices for yourself. It is also more tempting to "cheat". I went away knowing that I wasn't going to be perfect, but that I would try my best to make good choices every day and to allow myself to have an occasional treat. I made this promise to myself by filling out my Planning Sheet in paper form. The tool gives you the choice of a Paper Planner or an Online Planner.
I also printed off my Tracking Sheets for the days that I would be away so that I could still be held accountable for what I was eating.
I really liked the fact that I could print off paper forms of this tool to bring it with me wherever I went! Truth be told, I found it easier to take photos of everything I ate as my food journal. I did this partly for myself and partly to be accountable for what I ate. Now I have some photos to share with you of my week!
Here is what I had to resist every morning:
Make your own Begian Waffles!
Ok so I wasn't as tempted by this one, but boy did the biscuits ever look good! (The "goop" is sausage gravy)
I ate lots of salads:
I indulged in a few treats:
Ok, I only had one of the ones on the right, but quite a few of the one on the left!
I could have dipped the fruit in chocolate from a chocolate fountain!!!
I stayed clear from some temptations:
Breakfast for dinner is one of my favourites. My daughter had "sprinkle pancakes" in this picture.
And I even had spinach on a sub and in a stromboli:
I have to say that I am pretty happy with my food choices while I was away. Although I will admit that I didn't use the paper tool like I thought I would, knowing that it was there and that the online tool was waiting for me when I got home really helped to keep me motivated. Taking those photos really helped too!
I have a crazy story to share about one of the salads I ordered, but I will save that for another post.
I gained a couple of pounds this week. This could be due to eating different food, not having enough water (although I drank it at every meal and as much as I could in between) and the treats that I allowed myself to have. I didn't exercise too much, but every time I got into the pool, I was sure to be as active as I could be (given that I had at least one child to swim with at all times).
This Week's Challenges:
- Being away from home and out of routine made it very challenging to make good choices all day long!
This Week's Smiles:
- I drank my water every day.
- I ate a salad at every lunch and dinner that I was away.
- I wasn't as tempted as I thought I would be by the "treat food" that my family ate.
Goals for Next Week:
- Exercise is going to be a permanent goal for me.
- Eat less.
- Make a new recipe.
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