Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wellness Wednesday

While my husband was home over winter break, we were discussing our health. We have both gotten into the habit of eating whatever is easy to grab, not caring about the quality of the food or its impact on our health. We decided to start with a healthier eating lifestyle on January 1st. The first day of the new year made a lot of sense as we had a bunch of unhealthy food in the house along with a couple of events planned where we wouldn't be able to control what we were eating as easily.

I have read the blog of Katie at Runs for Cookies for years now. The best piece of advice I've gotten from reading her blog is to not make any diet or lifestyle changes you aren't comfortable doing for the rest of your life. We didn't want to start with anything too crazy as we wouldn't be able to stick with that long. We have two goals for now:

  1. Actually plan out our meals so we have healthy meal options available.
  2. Add in healthy sides with our main dishes so we end up eating a smaller portion of the main dish and, therefore, less calories. 

Overall, we've been doing a great job of following this plan. We have gone out to eat a couple of times, but have been able to keep from going overboard. We had planned to get a meal out from Dairy Queen last Friday. We calculated all our calories and everything, then my husband went to get our food after work and they didn't have what we wanted. That was a disappointment, and I ended up being over calories for the day, but not by a ton.

I've been trying to make healthier choices when it comes to snacks as well. I have been very bad at grabbing the quick, unhealthy snacks we have around like mini muffins, streusel cakes, and stuff like that. The past couple of weeks, I've started eating cottage cheese and pineapple or homemade protein snacks (a small serving each of peanuts, ham, and cheese). I have had a muffin pack here or there and cereal has become a popular snack for me this week, but I'm very pleased with the choices I've been making.

We weighed ourselves on January 1st and weighed in again today. My husband is down a little over a pound and I lost almost three pounds! I'm so proud of us for sticking with these changes thus far and cannot wait to see what changes we continue to make for our health going forward.

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