Hard to believe a whole week has flown by since the last posting. For those of you just tuning in, you’ll want to read the First Week post before you proceed.
Before I move on to Week 2, I wanted to share what I did last week:
1) Drink more water. – Boy did I ever drink more water! We have a water cooler and I added so much water intake that we went through our supply that is normally more than than a enough for the month…3 days earlier than normal!
2) Start a journal. – The journal I ordered online took a few days longer than I expected to get here but it was worth the wait as it’s perfect for logging little daily notes. I’m just getting started on my entries but I’d rather be a few behind and have a nice journal that will encourage me to continue.
3) Log your weight and measurements; such as arms, legs, waist and hips. – Got these done. I’ll be adding them to the journal now that it’s arrived. I am notorious for losing small slips of paper so it’s nice that it will all be in one place!
And…moving on to Week 2. Now keep in mind what I said last week: this is a slow progression and just a month of focusing on small changes that will hopefully lead us to focusing more on our health. With that said, here are the challenges for Week 2:
1) Make one new change this week to your normal meals, focusing on a healthier change. (Make sure you check with your Dr. before making any new changes!) Some things to consider:
~Adding a meatless day to your weekly meal plan and getting protein elsewhere, such as beans.
~Switching one lunch (or two) a week to a healthy salad with toppings that you like, such as berries, nuts, fruit, chopped veggies, etc.
~Adding no extra sugar/salt to your meals, if this is a current habit of yours.
~Cutting out all refined sweeteners. (This is a hard one as sugar/sweeteners are in everything these days!)
~Swapping out one beverage (such as pop/soda, sugary drinks, etc.) for a glass of water.
~Adding more fruit/veggies to your daily intake.
2) Watch your habits when you cook in the kitchen. Are you constantly nibbling while you cook? Work on changing this habit as it can lead to a lot of extra calories without you even noticing.
3) Start a Food Journal. Now this can be combined with the journal you are already keeping or you can keep it separate, either in a book or via an App/online such as MyFitnessPal. I started using that App a few months ago, randomly but not consistently, and on the days I logged my food I was shocked quite often at what was actually in foods I thought were healthy and/or what vitamins/nutrients I was lacking or what things I was over on at the end of the day. This is also a great way to notice a pattern of any foods that might trigger a negative reaction to your body.
So those are your 3 new challenges for Week 2. Don’t forget…you still need to keep up with the 3 you started for week one.
I’m hoping that these little baby steps will help you focus on a little bit of a healthier lifestyle.
Disclaimer: Never start a new exercise/diet regimen without consulting your Dr. first. Tips are to be taken as suggestions and not promises of guaranteed results.