January 14, 2016

Establishing Healthy Habits to Drop Extra Inches

Healthy eating, getting in shape and losing this extra weight I'm schleping around are all part of the bigger picture I'm working hard on this year to be a better me. The first step is to get back to healthy habits I'd established last year when I was losing a bunch of weight. I felt better, had more energy and was enjoying watching the pounds melt off. Then, I started back into my old ways and now I feel crappy and the weight is sticking around like a lump of bricks.

To get me kick started, I'm going to give myself a healthy eating challenge every two weeks. Along with that, I'm implementing new healthy habits over that period. That way, I'm not trying to change a ton of things all at once which I know won't work. The good habits are going to build on one another, I'm not going to do them for just two weeks then go back to the old ways. I'll keep at it, redoing ones when I fail and adding new ones until healthy eating and exercise are back to being second nature. I want healthy options to become my go to, rather than my current heading for yummy Christmas cookies and other sugary treats.

Why two weeks? I figure one week isn't really enough time to break or make a habit, so I'm going to do two weeks at a time. After the two weeks, I'll share with you how I did (to keep me accountable) and will tell you what's up next.

I'd love if you'd join me in doing this! Leave a comment if you'd like to join in. I'd also love to hear what healthy habits you have and how you broke unhealthy ones.

Healthy Eating Challenge

No Soda
Soda is a major weakness for me. One that wrecks havoc on my body though. I've got to kick the habit (again). Diet or regular, drinking soda regularly just isn't good. I end up with heart burn, stomach pain, drinking less water, craving more sugar and feeling addicted to the stuff. When I've been able to go a few weeks without it, it doesn't taste as good to me anymore. Going cold turkey is the only way to kick this habit.

Healthy Habits

Drink more water
I don't drink enough water. At all. That doesn't help weight loss, my headaches or anything else. That's got to change! For the next two weeks my goal is to drink 5 16 oz. glasses of water a day. For me, that's a whole lot of water.

Reach for fruit and veggies instead of unhealthy choices
Carrot sticks, cucumber slices, apples, mandarin oranges and bananas are going to be on hand. I've already cut up a whole container of carrot sticks so that they're ready to go when I'm looking for something quick to eat. To often lately, I grab something unhealthy simply because it's easy. Now, the healthy foods are going to be the easiest to grab.

Watch portions
Proper portions for weight loss is big. Even if it's healthy, if you're eating too much of it, you're not  going to lose weight. The past few months I've been piling way too much on my plate rather than practicing portion control. That's about to change! The majority of my plate is going to be veggies and lean meats with carbs and starches taking a side role. All the foods in moderation, of course. If I'm still hungry, I'll be reaching for those fruits and veggies I have prepped to go.

Exercise a minimum of 60 minutes a week
This isn't a whole lot of exercise. It is enough to get me moving in the right direction, though. Up and out of the chair, lifting weights, walking -- anything to get in 60 good minutes of exercise each week. It'll get the ball rolling for my ultimate goal of at least 150 minutes a week (30 minutes 5 days a week). Cleaning and my usual chores don't count, this has to be extra exercise.

What healthy goals are you setting for yourself?

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  1. We Never keep soda in the house. The only time I ever have one is if we go out to dinner. I find that reading labels helps me stay away from the junk. If the ingredient list is filled with a bunch of words I can't even say, I don't even want it anymore! Good Luck!!

  2. Great tips. I need to get on board with eating less sugar. I never met a sweet I didn't like unfortunately!

  3. I think you have a great plan in place. I just bought some lemons to slice into my water, hoping that makes me drink it more. I've cut out soda, but I drink a lot of tea and iced tea, and I add sweetener to that...so not good either. I'm definitely here to support you!

  4. I gave up soda one year for Lent, I noticed no difference in my weight. I just drink more coffee LOL


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