Let’s Get Healthy Together Week 16: What is My “Trick”?

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, Week 11, Week 12, Week 13, Week 14, Week 15

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 15: 174 pounds End of Week 15 BMI: 26.5

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.

Many people have been asking what my “trick” is with regards to my weight loss! I would like to spend a bit of time explaining exactly what I have been doing.

  1. The Heart and Stroke Foundation Online Tool was my starting point.
  2. I’ve changed my water in take (check out this week’s post about water).
  3. I’ve cut back on portion sizes.
  4. I make sure to never feel hungry (lots of smaller meals and snacks).
  5. I have increased my protein.
  6. I have decreased my carbohydrate intake.
  7. I have watched my “refined sugars” intake.
  8. I am eating healthier in general (more fruits, vegetables, lean protein, water).
  9. I have become slightly more active (I am still working on this!).
  10. I have found a supportive community of women who are doing the same thing as me. This helps more than you can imagine! Join us here in our Facebook Group: Moms Getting Healthy Together
  11. I have tried to make a life change instead of following a “diet”.

By using the Online Tracking Tool 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. The My Healthy Weight Action Plan Tool has helped to motivate me and guide me to becoming a healthier individual.

Here are some 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 what one of your “staying healthy” challenges was this week!

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17 Responses to Let’s Get Healthy Together Week 16: What is My “Trick”?

  1. Sober Julie says:

    Way to go! I love your list, even though we’ve lost weight the most important changes are the behavioral. We’re getting healthier all right!

  2. Ya way to go! you’re doing so great. And thanks for including me in your link!

    My challenges (as you know) are being over my capacity in stress and things to do. My excersise and eating are unfortunately at the bottom of my list.

    I am trying my best but it’s not so good. There will be brighter days and I plan to make a change when all this is over!

  3. Yes! I believe changing your behaviours is the way to achieve and maintain results. I know I am an emotional eater and would love to change that about myself.

  4. Cheryl says:

    Great job! I mentioned on Julie’s post earlier that when I lost 63 lbs (and kept it off) water was one of the major things I’ve changed. In fact if I don’t drink enough water in the run of a day, I notice it! Keep up the great work!

  5. zcb257 says:

    Awesome! Keep it up! They say that 1 pound a week is the safe and healthy way to do it so you’re right on track 🙂

    I haven’t weighed myself since I got back but I’m hoping to at least have maintained while I was away. Either way I’ll find out tonight when I go back for my first workout.

  6. Rachel says:

    Keep it up! That is fantastic. You must be so happy seeing results after all your hard work.

  7. Laural Dawn says:

    amazing!!! you only have 10 lbs to go before your goal weight! Awesome. I thought of you this week because I gained 5 lbs last week (stress, eating, and change in meds was a lethal combo), but I honestly thought of your bad week and decided to get back to eating well.
    Salad for lunch now.

  8. Bonnie Way says:

    Those all sound like great ideas – and very healthy! I’ve seen some “fad” diets and they always strike me as being a bit “off-kilter.” Or something you’d never stick with in the long-term. These are good habits for everyone. 🙂

  9. Great list, so proud of all these positive changes you’ve made!

  10. Love that you are continuing with your goal. I love reading your Let’s Get Healthy posts, they keep me encouraged to keep moving on. Your list is awesome, we share some of the same things. I know one for me is to be more active. Great post as always! 🙂

  11. Making the life changes is such an important part of keeping the weight off and keeping the healthy on. Diets don’t work long-term.

    I’m going to refill my water now …

  12. Good for you, Amanda! I love the tips; water is a big one for me. I preach about how important it is, but I don’t get nearly enough myself!

  13. Canadian Dad says:

    You’ve really done an amazing job!! I work shift work and have a snack room filled with junk, so it’s very easy to go in at 2am and grab a pop and a bag of chips. I do my best to stay out of there but every now and then I lose the battle…I’m really proud of you though, way to go!!

  14. Guppy says:

    My ‘trick’ is consistancy. I HAVE to follow my water and exercise schedule each day or it really screws me up. What others may see as monotony, I know is my habit building.

  15. Ms. Key says:

    Keep up the good work! I like your list because it’s realistic and just normal good stuff that everyone should do! Not “crash diet” style, where it is doomed to fail over time. You’re inspiring lots of us to make little changes for healthier living!

  16. Rebby says:

    You’re doing so well on your journey! I too have to reach a healthy BMI, but it’s so tough to get started. You’re a great motivation!

  17. el03ro says:

    November 26–Let’s get healthy together -week 16–You continue to motivate me. I lost this week-2 pounds for a total of 7 pounds in three weeks so am feeling very good about that. I have not been as diligent about exercising and will try to do better this week. We are arriving at a busy time of year so have to be careful not to stress out. Elva Roberts

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