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
This week has been very challenging for me as I have pneumonia. I finally decided I had better get my behind to the doctor and I am sure lucky that I did. No wonder I’ve been dragging, feeling a serious lack of energy and not able to kick this cold that I’ve had since around January 7th!
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
Starting BMI: 28.9
End of Week 1 BMI: 28.1
End of Week 2 BMI: 27.8
End of Week 2 BMI: 27.7
My goal is to reach a normal BMI which would be 24.9 at 164 pounds and from there, I plan to reassess.
Something that I have learned in the past few weeks is just how important being part of a supportive community is when taking on a challenge like getting healthy. This has been quite the challenge for me, but every single comment, email and text that I receive helps me to keep motivated and to continue on my path to getting healthy.
I have started to follow two “blog hops” that are related to getting healthy. I have really enjoyed being a part of these hops, visiting other blogs and reading a variety of stories. By linking up my posts in these hops and learning about other people who are engaging in a similar challenge as I am, I have felt extremely motivated and empowered.
Here are the hops if you are interested in checking them out:
The My Healthy Weight Action Plan (a FREE tool provided online through the Heart and Stroke Foundation) has continued to help me achieve my goal of healthy living. I have definitely made it a habit to track my eating on a daily basis using their handy on line tracking tool. The on line tracking sheet is a daily sheet broken down into time of day (early morning, mid morning, noon, afternoon, evening, late evening) and type of food (vegetables, fruit, meat & alternatives, milk & alternatives, grains, fat and empty calories). It is very easy to record what foods I’ve eaten under time of day and then to tally up how many servings of each food type. This habit of tracking my food intake helps to keep me accountable for what I am eating. It also allows me to look back over my day and to consider how I might change my eating habits the next day to be even healthier.
I have been playing around with what I have been eating this week by increasing my protein intake, as recommended by a new friend, City Mom. I have found that by increasing my protein intake, not only am I not feeling the need to eat as many carbs/grains, but I am also feeling fuller and satisfied longer.
Because of this new interest in protein, I have been also playing around with the My Healthy Weight Action Plan tool this week. When looking at my Healthy Eating Recommendations as suggested by the online tool, I was able to change my diet type from carbs to protein. This in turn changes the daily serving recommendations by the tool.
One thing that I did struggle with (but only slightly) was that when looking at the daily serving recommendations in the Healthy Eating Recommendations section, they are in a different order (food group wise) than when you view them in your progress tracking sheet which makes it slightly more difficult to compare serving sizes (e.g. what I have consumed vs. what is recommended).
As well, at the bottom of my tracking sheet, there is a grand total of the recommended daily servings for each food group, however because you can choose from a variety of plans (e.g. protein diet, carb diet and various daily caloric intakes), I would love the actual plan that I choose to be shown at the bottom so that as I go through my day, my eyes can easily scan to the bottom of the chart to see how close I am to my grand total for the day.
Unfortunately, this week I wasn’t very physically active. As it turns out, I actually have a real excuse as to why I have been so tired and dragging; I have pneumonia. So, until my lungs get better, I won’t be overly exerting myself physically. I may, however, try some core strength training as suggested by my friend Pampered Patty.
This Week’s Challenges:
- Exercising when I really wasn’t feeling up to it, which I learned late in the week is due to a case of pneumonia.
- Resisting some M&M treats that arrived on my doorstep. Unfortunately, I failed and broke down to having a small treat sized bag.
- I need to snack on more vegetables.
- Because I was more tired this week, I drank more coffee than I have been lately.
This Week’s Smiles:
- I did resist the urge to have more than one bag of M&Ms.
- I am starting to see visual results of my weight loss, particularly in my stomach. Yay!
- I drank hot lemon water every morning.
- I bought some boneless, skinless chicken breats and marinated them in individual servings so that on nights when the family isn’t having an MTM friendly meal, I have a healthy option!
- I ate more veggies with dinners than I have in a very long time!
- I found some delicious protein powder that I feel good about consuming.
Goals for Next Week:
- Eat more vegetables during the day.
- Rest so that I can get better and exercise.
- Repeat positive thoughts to myself when I am having difficult resisting the urge to have a treat.
- Continue to find healthy recipes.
- Continue to hunt for a protein bar that nutritional value wise, I feel good about eating for a snack.
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
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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