It’s official, I’ve lost ten pounds since the beginning of the year following the simple steps I’ve included in my daily routine to monitor my eating and exercise habits. Being more aware of my habits regarding food and exercise allows me to make better decisions and with the exception of using the ice each evening, the other changes are becoming routine:
1. Logging food and exercise on Lose It.
2. Drinking more water.
3. Exercising at least 210 minutes per week.
4. Eliminating soda.
5. Taking a multivitamin.
This week’s plan – eat more slowly. I remember my mom saying that eating more slowly allows your body time to fill full. She suggested putting your fork down after every bite in an effort to slow down. Just this week, I read an article, Retro Diet Tricks in the February issue of Health. It looked back at slimming down through the ages and found wisdom behind much of the advice of days gone by. The article highlights the benefits of such advice as eating cottage cheese, grapefruit, and even baked potatoes; as well as going back to eating three meals a day. So I’ll try a retro diet trick this week. I’ll put my fork down between bites. Eating more slowly can’t hurt!
A long weekend makes good eating habits and exercise more difficult. My wonderful husband cooks big breakfasts every morning. Then the coconut cake from Valentine’s Day, strawberry shortcake, and brownies tempt even the best intentions. I love long weekends, but I need to learn to exercise better self-control if I plan to lose weight.
All things considered, I’m pleased that I didn’t gain weight this week; but if I want to have an excuse to buy some new clothes to enjoy a Spring Break camping trip I better get serious the next couple of weeks.
This week’s plan: add a daily vitamin. According to an article in the February edition of Health, taking a multivitamin at lunch can actually boost energy.
Looking forward to earning the Goal Achieved badge on Lose It!
Earning the Regular Badge is about the only good news this week. Lose It’s Regular Badge is awarded for logging everyday for two weeks. Logging is something I have done; however, extra long work days, lack of sleep, the Super Bowl…too many things interfered with success.
While I didn’t lose this week, I didn’t gain either. Instead of adding something new this week, I think it’s a good idea to go back to the plan for weeks 1-5.
1) No holiday eating. (That includes Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day.)
2) Log food daily.
3) Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily.
4) Exercise at least 210 minutes per week.
5) Ice each evening.
Finally, I didn’t eat my burrito bowls for lunch each day last week…not because I tired of the same lunch, but because I didn’t have the ingredients on hand. That won’t happen this week. Rice, beans, corn, chicken, salsa have been purchased. Getting back to basics this week.