Let’s Get Healthy Together Week 11 (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, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10

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 started every morning off with:

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.

Here are the Blog Hops if you are interested in checking them out:

Some of my friends who are also trying to be healthier and are blogging about it are:

Ok, your turn. Tell me about a healthy meal that you made this week!

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22 Responses to Let’s Get Healthy Together Week 11 (with help from the Heart and Stroke Foundation)

  1. Laural Dawn says:

    Good job!
    Yay for Salads, and also enjoying yourself.
    As for healthy meals … I made myself.
    I’m going to go with preparing organic soup (from a can) rather than going for a junky lunch.
    It counts!

  2. Sober Julie says:

    You’re doing awesome!!!

  3. Good for you, you did awesome. Your salads look yummy too!

  4. you are doing great!! Good for you!

  5. You are doing awesome!! I try to eat salads daily too. I need to work on drinking more water though.

  6. Tammy says:


  7. Christine says:

    You are doing fabulously! Yay, you! 🙂 Your salads look scrumptious! We’re big salad eaters in this house!

  8. Good for you Amanda! 2 lbs on vacation is an achievement! I can’t wait for you to share the ‘salad’ story! 🙂

  9. You’re doing fantastic!! All those salads look yummy!

  10. Correction, I meant to say only gaining two pounds on vacation is really good! You should be satisified with that 🙂

  11. Denise G says:

    wow!! Congratulations! You are doing awesome! I needed to read this for some encouragement. I have put on a bit of weight and really need to get it off.

  12. Stacey says:

    You are doing fantastic; it’s hard to stay away from the treats when everyone else is indulging.

  13. Nicole says:

    I love your array of food on this past weeks menu. The food looked delicious and healthy. You deserved the occasional treat.

    It sounds like you had a nice time away too!

  14. woah! you did amazing while away! I don’t think i could have been as strong! Good job!!

  15. Great job with eating salads, that is one of my downfalls, not a big salad fan

  16. Nicole says:

    Waving hello as I pass through. 🙂

  17. The salads look so good. Can’t wait to hear the salad story, now! lol!

  18. Katrina Brady says:

    Love salads. Throw all kinds of good stuff into them! Dried cranberries, nuts, different cheese, sunflower seeds, flax seeds. Yummy and filling!

    Doing good sweetie! Remember that there is always a leveling off period. Kind of an adjustment for your body. Then it picks up again.

  19. Kathleen says:

    You’re doing great! I don’t think I could have resisited the chocolate fountain. I need to develop some self control. I want to lose weight but can’t seem to stop drinking ied capps from timmies.

  20. Deanna T. says:

    Amazing. I can’t believe you stayed so on track while on vacation. I would have totally caved.

  21. Ms. Key says:

    Excellent! Vacay is always more challening for healthy eating… especially heading down to the States, I find. You did wonderful!

  22. el03ro says:

    November 20-Let’s get healthy together –week 11. I thought you did very well on you week on holiday. Taking photos was a very good ifea. I find that keeping the food journal really helps me to turn down foods that I should not be eating. I do not want to put it down in black and white so I do not eat it.It works really well so far. I am trying to do all the things you talk about. Drinking water is still not as good as it should be. I am encouraged by your posts.-Elva Roberts

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