Keeping healthy is always a conscious commitment. For me, it includes walking moderately 2-3 miles most days, going to an exercise class 2-3 times a week, doing a couple of SP videos each week and ALWAYS watching what I eat and making GOOD choices.
In 2017 my husband had 3 surgeries, was immobile for 2 months and had months of very slow recovery. Thank goodness nothing was life threatening, he is recovering and he is living with a lot less pain. The pressure of being a full time care giver was difficult to handle so I did a lot of emotional eating, and the lack of available time reduced down my commitment to exercise. Sleep often seemed like a better choice.
My weight zoomed up 10 pounds from December 2016 to June 2017. I got back into an exercise routine and by August was down 3 pounds. But it wasn’t until I made eating healthy a daily goal and eliminating sugar in September that I saw changes. End of September down 3 more pounds, end of October down 2 more pounds, end of November down 1 more pound and now in December I am back at goal weight.
Food choices really count for me, any sugary foods will cause my weight to go up and increase my cravings for more sugary foods. It is not easy to say no, or avoid picking up something sweet but it makes all the difference. Watching portions at every meal was also really important. I do keep small dark chocolate bars in the house in a drawer and limit myself to ½ a bar a day and try to skip if I can. Sometimes a piece of fresh fruit is a good substitute, sometimes only chocolate will do.
This year has confirmed that reducing down the amount I eat; eliminating sugar and refined carbs will keep me in my goal weight range. Exercise alone is not enough for me.
I have been doing the 5% Challenges for several years now and my weight would have ballooned above the 10 pounds if I had not been checking in every day for the Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall challenges. The people helped motivate me to reach my daily exercise minute goals, try to make good food choices most of the time and remind me to stay positive as much as possible. And we encouraged each other when we had trouble reaching our goals.
I am looking to a better 2018. And I have joined the Winter 2018 challenge to help me stay at goal. I really encourage you to join a challenge and make the personal commitment to participate because there are no Challenge Police knocking on your door.
So if you are interested here is the 2018 Winter 5% Challenge Invitation
This is your invitation! Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the 2018 Winter 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape! The challenge starts in Saturday, January 6th, 2018! Please click on this link to join the Challenge.