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, Week 16, Week 17, Week 18, Week 19
|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 17: 175 pounds||End of Week 17 BMI: 26.6|
|End of Week 18: 172 pounds||End of Week 18 BMI: 26.1|
|End of Week 19: 172 pounds||End of Week 19 BMI: 26.1|
UPDATED GOAL: 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 by July 1st. There, I said it, I actually made a REAL goal with a real date. I’m hoping that this will help to motivate me even further! I’ve got approximately 6 more weeks to lose approximately 1.5 pounds per week, I think that is attainable, don’t you?
This past week has been a bit of a write off as the day after Mother’s Day, my daughter and I came down with the stomach flu. Enough said.
I would like to talk to you about how to survive a new healthy living style during special events.
We could just let ourselves go completely on a special event, but let’s face it, what exactly is a special event and how many of them are there? We could very easily start making reasons for there to be a special occasion and next thing you know, they are happening much too often in our life. If you think about it, there is a holiday of some sort almost every month and if you add in friend and family birthdays, that gets you up to at least twice a month if not more.
I don’t know about you, but prior to my new lifestyle change, I would let out all of the stops on holidays and birthdays! I would eat anything and everything that I wanted and as much of it without worrying about a thing. If this happened once or twice a month, I could easily gain back any progress that I’ve made.
Now, I am by NO means saying don’t allow yourself a treat here and there, because that is very important. If you do that, this healthy lifestyle won’t work, at least it wouldn’t work for me.
However, I have learned a few tricks these past (almost) five months. Please allow me to share them with you.
- Drink water. Wherever you go, always have a glass/bottle of water on the go.
- Limit your intake of alcoholic beverages and treat beverages (pop, juice, etc).
- Don’t eat dip with every vegetable, allow yourself a couple of dips and eat plain veggies the rest of the time.
- If you can, serve yourself so that you can maintain good portion control.
- If you can’t serve yourself, look at your plate carefully and make a decision BEFORE you start eating as to how much of everything you plan on eating.
- Eat half of the dessert you would like to.
- Keep your positive self talk going whenever you are tempted.
- Go for a walk at the end of the day.
The main motivator in my Getting Healthy challenge has been the Healthy Weight Action Plan 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. I can also track how I am feeling each day and the amount and type of exercise that I accomplish. The My Healthy Weight Action Plan Tool has helped to motivate me and guide me to becoming a healthier individual.
When thinking about managing special occasions, it might help to remind yourself that you will be tracking your food intake with the Weight Action Plan Tool Tracker. I do find that this truly does hold you accountable for what you consume. If you think that you will be really tempted, you could always print off the printable version of the tool and bring it with you. There is nothing wrong with escaping to the washroom to write down what you have eaten every once in a while. After all, if you are drinking enough water, or even more water to compensate, you will genuinely have to use the washroom!
Ok, your turn. Share some tricks with us about how you stay focussed while on holiday or celebrating a special occasion!
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