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 11: 175 pounds||End of Week 11 BMI: 26.6|
|End of Week 14: 175 pounds||End of Week 14 BMI: 26.6|
|End of Week 17: 175 pounds||End of Week 17 BMI: 26.6|
|End of Week 20: 172 pounds||End of Week 20 BMI: 26.1|
|End of Week 23: 171 pounds||End of Week 23 BMI: 26.0|
Last week, I mentioned that one of the areas that I still need to work on is to allow myself to have an occasional SMALL treat without feeling guilty or eating too much. This is something that is difficult to do when schedules are busy and there are special occasions occurring every week.
One of the reasons why I haven't seen much progress lately is because there have been enough "special occasions" in combination with a busy schedule and illness that has left me cheating myself of the healthy food choices that I *know* I should be making for myself.
This cannot become a routine for me as busy lives and special occasions are something that happen on a regular basis.
After giving a lot of thought to how I would tackle this challenge, I have come up with this plan:
- Don't let being busy or being out of the house be an excuse for not drinking my water. There are washrooms everywhere I go, I'll just have to get used to using them.
- Don't deprive myself of treats at special occasions, but rather engage in some positive self talk leading into those days in order to have the confidence that I can manage the amount of "junk"/less healthy food that goes into my body.
- Make sure that I always leave the house with a healthy snack in my purse (an apple, cut up veggies, raw nuts).
I did wish that there was a mobile app that the Heart & Stroke Foundation had that went along with the Healthy Weight Action Plan because it would make my food tracking much easier and consistent! Maybe this is something they will consider for the future?!
As part of the Healthy Weight Action Plan, you receive weekly e-newsletters full of resources, tips, articles, recipe suggestions and more. I have found this part of the plan helps to make the experience more real. Reading the newsletters and the articles that it suggests really help to keep me focussed on my goal. Whether it is helpful tips or articles about heart health, I find myself feeling re-focussed after each newsletter.
Other than me wanting to live a healthy lifestyle, the main motivator in my Getting Healthy challenge has been the Healthy Weight Action Plan available FREE by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. I am able to easily track (by hand or online) the foods that I eat, the times that I eat and the breakdown of how items from each category I consume in a meal or day. I can also track how I am feeling each day and the amount and type of exercise that I accomplish. The My Healthy Weight Action Plan Tool has helped to motivate me and guide me to becoming a healthier individual.
If you are one of the people who read these posts, I'd love to know you're out there (please leave a comment below) because, I am very serious when I say that the more people who are behind me in this, the easier it is for me.
Ok, your turn. How do you manage your busy lifestyle in keeping healthy and staying on track?
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