As most of you know I started my healthy lifestyle back in December. At that time I weighed approximately 192 lbs and I set my goal at 177 lbs. I achieved that goal and surpassed it which is an amazing feeling! Following our vacation in July I gained back 7 pounds :(. Sad, I know. This was the result of too many Dr. Peppers and too much fried chicken.
Following that holiday I refocused and set my new goal at 165 pounds with my new starting weight of 176.
When I began this process I decided to solely focus on living a healthier lifestyle and use my weight loss as a measurement only, not my lone motivation. I figured that if I zero in on eating the proper types of food as a lifestyle change, the weight would naturally come off. And my guess was accurate.
The 3 basic things I focus on to help me live a healthier lifestyle:
- I monitor the types of calories I consume each day. I do not eat processed foods or fast foods.
- I walk at least 5 minutes each day. Each day I take Bentley out for a walk and make myself move my body.
- I eat more vegetables, fruits and lean meats and less red meats. Common sense tells me to eat more real types of food.
I started my new goal on August 15th and today I weighed in at 172.6.
Each week I measure how well I lived a health lifestyle by comparing what I ate to how much weight I lost. Each week I expect my body to naturally expel 1 pound of fat and if I make healthier food choices my body should burn that 1 pound of body fat. This helps my body deal with the adverse effects of MS as each pound lost represents a reduction of 4 pounds of pressure off of my knees and legs!
I can tell you that my body feels so much better than it did back in December! I look back to how I looked at 192 lbs. and it reminds me of how miserable I was physically and emotionally! AND my weight loss has been relatively simple. A few minor adjustments to the way I choose my food has made all the difference in the world!
Plus when Evelina and I start a family, we will be ahead of the game in teaching our kids how to make good food selections; which is very important to us.
I challenge each of you to take a closer look at what “foods” you put in your mouth. Maybe start this week by eating one meal full of quality vegetables or eating a piece of fruit as a snack?
Just a thought for a Tuesday morning…