Let’s Get Healthy Together Week 3 (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

I am so excited to share that I feel like I succeeded in Week 2 of my “Let’s Get Healthy” Challenge too! By no means is this journey easy for me. Quite the contrary, however, it is getting slightly easier day by day!

Start Weight: 190 pounds
End of Week 1: 185 pounds
End of Week 2: 183 pounds

Starting BMI: 28.9
End of Week 1 BMI: 28.1
End of Week 2 BMI: 27.8

My goal is to reach a normal BMI which would be 24.9 at 164 pounds and from there, I plan to reassess.

I would like to start off by saying that I have received so much positive support people this week and I truly appreciate it. Every single comment on my “Get Healthy Journey” helps me to stay motivated to keep doing this. On the days that I am finding myself feeling down or am feeling challenged to keep this going, all I have to do is read the comments on these posts, and I automatically receive a boost. Thank you, everyone!

I am also excited about the people who have been motivated after reading my posts! This makes me very happy as I love to help others and if I know that by embarking on this journey and sharing it with my readers is going to help some people become motivated to make some changes in their lives, that makes me tremendously happy.

@ChancesMommy from Random Thoughts and Musings from the Islands Reviews sent me an email this past week saying, “I rekindled my romance with my elliptical machine and signed up for yet another contract with my Zumba lessons :)”

Kia from Today I Ate a Rainbow has signed up for the “My Healthy Weight Action Plan™” and I am eager to hear how she is doing.

Kat from Kat’s Confessions has signed up to use the tool as well and she’s written a post all about it that you should check out.

Speaking of the My Healthy Weight Action Plan….I’ve spent a lot of time this week on the Heart and Stroke Foundation website, using the tool! I am currently tracking (online) and reflecting upon my daily food and water consumption as well as my physical activity in this wonderful and easy to use chart. After taking a questionaire about my eating habits from the first week, I was given a recommended food plan (with the number of servings in each food group I can consume in a day).

I really liked how depending on whether or not you are a carb person or a protein person, they gave you different options. The tracking sheet also has a place to document how you felt that day as well as a place to list three “to do” chores for the week. How I feel each day completely dictates what I eat and how active I am. I have been sick with a terrible cold lately so I haven’t felt 100% physically and therefore, I haven’t been pushing myself too hard.

I also set some goals for myself this week guided by the Goal Setting information in the Tool online. I am very reluctant to change therefore I’ve decided to take this journey in baby steps. I was going from not being very physically active at all to setting two goals; I will do two different physical activities per week and I will make more healthy food choices for myself. Once I master that, I plan on increasing my physical activity to exercising three times per week.

Currently, my means of being phsyically active are using XBOX Kinnect (which I honestly NEVER would have thought in a million years, I would say…EVER, but I am!) Zumba and Dance, Dance Revolution (DDR). I am finding both of those “games” super fun, challenging and they get my heart rate up so I’m happy.

This Week’s Challenges:

  • Drinking enough water while on the go.
  • Choosing healthy choices when I was STARVING!
  • Exercising when I really wasn’t feeling up to it (I have a cold).
  • Resisting temptation for TERRIBLE snacks at the movies.
  • I need to snack on more vegetables.

This Week’s Smiles:

  • I DID resist the movie popcorn and treats at the movies.
  • I drank hot lemon water every morning, this has become a new routine.
  • I am drinking less coffee.
  • I tried out some food from a delivery service by Rose Reisman called Personal Gourmet. Yum and healthy!
  • My body and brain aren’t craving sweets and junk anywhere near as much as it was two weeks ago!

Goals for Next Week:

  • Eat more vegetables.
  • Bring a water bottle with me everywhere I go.
  • Exercise.
  • Continue to find healthy recipes.

Check out the healthier recipes I’ve found so far:
Individual Cookie Dough Oatmeal Cake (Breakfast)
Breakfast “Grab and Go” Cookies

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13 Responses to Let’s Get Healthy Together Week 3 (with help from the Heart and Stroke Foundation)

  1. Amazing! Good for you! Did you know that 10lbs is Tge equivalent of two medium sized cantaloupes? Imagine strapping two of those on…more importantly imagine taking them off which you have done! You should be so proud! Keep it up girl!

    This week I’m going to follow along with your drinking more water goal!!

  2. Congrats! Great job so far. I am so impressed that you kept it up, even when you weren’t feeling well. Now, that is hard. Looking forward to hearing how this week goes.

  3. Great job, so proud of you!!!!!

  4. awesome progress lady! what does drinking hot lemon water do?

  5. Wow. You’re doing awesome!!!

  6. Hi Amanda!!

    Way to go! So happy for you. I decided to check out the online tool you are using as well and it is really cool! I will let you know how it goes on my Friday post. I am thrilled to be on this journey with you, the support is amazing and motivating. I think your plan to reduce your BMI is a very good one. Have a great week!

  7. Tarasview says:

    I think it is really encouraging to hear that you aren’t craving as much junk as you used to- I have a hard time with that!!

    Good for you!!

  8. Laural Dawn says:

    Look at you go! That’s amazing. I also struggle with the water thing. I love that you tried Zumba. I giggle when I attempt Zumba.
    I don’t mean this as advice per se (since I hate advice doler outers), but try to find an exercise you enjoy doing. For me, right now, it’s hot yoga. That will change, I’m sure, but if you can find something you look forward to – it makes exercise way more bearable.

  9. Ms. Key says:

    Woo! You are doing amazing. That’s great, steady progress which means you’re making just the right choices to improve each week in a healthy way! I’m really impressed. 🙂

    I’m trying to drink a lot more water each day too… I got out of the routine, but I’m trying to get back into it. Especially since I have to talk all day, I get really dried out! haha.

  10. Sober Julie says:

    Way to go Amanda, you’re motivating me!!!

    I love your weekly lists, that’s a great idea.

  11. Jennifer L says:

    Way to go Amanda! Keep up the great work.. me on the other hand has fallen off the wagon 🙁

  12. Kat says:

    You are awesome! Congrats on the success! I wish I could say the same for the workout. With this cold I totally flaked other than the normal everyday routine.

    Thanks for the mention! I learn from you every week and I appreciate the information you share soooo much! Hugs!

  13. el03ro says:

    November 10–It’s been many weeks since you posted about your week three and you are still motivating People like me who just recently discovered your ‘weekly diary’ of your progress. I am going to check out your recipes and I have almost a week in. Keeping a food log is invaluable I find and I am going to start drinking more water. Thank you so much. Elva Roberts

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