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, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6
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
End of Week 5: 179 pounds
End of Week 6: 176 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
End of Week 5 BMI: 27.2
End of Week 6 BMI: 26.8
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.
Last week, I was quite bummed that I didn’t lose any weight, although there could have been a variety of factors that played into last week’s end result. I know in my head that this journey is not all about the scale and the numbers, but when that is what you see everywhere and that is what you hear about, it is hard not to.
This week, I lost three pounds and other than stepping it up in my exercise and continuing on a healthy eating path, I did not change a thing. In fact, this week, I even indulged in a couple of small Valentine’s Day treats. I saw myself start to fall off of my path with the treats so as soon as I felt that, I had to step up my positive self talk and internal motivation. It was a huge challenge, but I did it and I feel really proud of myself.
Heart and Stroke “My Healthy Weight Action Plan” Update:
I am continuing to use the FREE online Heart and Stroke Foundation My Healthy Weight Action Plan Tool in order to track the food I am eating. Starting at the beginning of the week, I dove into the Planning side of the Tool! I’ve discovered a whole new world with this Planning Tool. What I liked the best about it was when life got super busy, I was able to quickly look at my daily plan and half of the battle of what to eat was planned already. Often, if I am out of the house for the morning and I arrive home for lunch, I tend to fall back on a fast and easy meal. In the past, these meals were not always the healthiest of options.
This past Sunday, I took a look at what I had available in my fridge and I made a plan for Breakfast, two snacks, Lunch and Dinner and for the most part, I followed that plan.
What I also find helpful about the Plan is that you can look at your week to ensure that you have included enough of each type of vegetable and fruit (in our house, we like to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables! I was also able to look at my protein and carb intake which to my surprise is something that I am watching quite closely.
This Week’s Challenges:
- Valentine’s Day (enough said)
- Getting as much exercise in as I had planned.
- My husband bought me a Keurig for Valentine’s Day. This was the best gift I could ever receive, boy does he ever know his wife. However, I wanted to drink coffee all day long!
This Week’s Smiles:
- My husband bought me a Keurig for Valentine’s Day and it brews hot water! I drank more water this week because of my new toy! And I enjoyed one cup of coffee at a time. Believe it or not, I probably consumed less coffee this week! It was hard not to have more though.
- I stepped up the difficulty in my exercise routine. I played Dance Dance Revolution on the X-box at a harder level. Let’s just say it was quite the challenge. I had to take breaks in between each song because I was so out of breath. I’m sure some people will get a good giggle out of this!
- I continued to have a protein shake at night if I was hungry. These really do help keeep my hunger and cravings in check.
Goals for Next Week:
- Exercise! I am still not exercising as much as I would like to or as much as I should.
- Continue to find healthy recipes.
- Find a new salad to try out.
This week, I found the yummiest breakfast recipe! It is called Healthy Baked Oatmeal and it is the yummiest breakfast I think I’ve ever had. It is made with oats, almond milk, yogurt, fruit, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, maple syrup and eggs. I changed up the recipe slightly to make it a bit healthier, but it was so yummy, I ate it every morning last week! I found it quite filling too, which is an added bonus and it contains all major food groups too.
Check out some more healthy 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
Here are some healthy recipe websites and blogs that I referred to this week:
Here are the Blog Hops if you are interested in checking them out:
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