Day 7: Health Goals

I only have 1 health goal; to live till I’m 100. That’s it simple. Right? Right ?!? At my lowest point my weight ballooned, I gained over 30 pounds in a year, none of my clothes fit and I got winded every time I went up a flight of stairs. 2 years ago I joined my local Y and started taking Zumba classes that has helped me lose some weight and improve my overall health but now I’m at a plateau.

What worked: About 5 years ago I lost a significant amount of weight, about 60 pounds in a year. I worked out, mostly walking 5 days a week and used My Fitness Pal to track my meals. I would add fresh veggies to my favorite meals; i would make lasagna packed with spinach, top my pizza for arugula from the farmers market or top my oatmeal with dried fruit and slivered almonds. I was so determined to hit my goal weight 165 lbs. I will never forget the day I hit my goal I stepped in the scale and it said 162 I was so proud of myself. I will also never forget the very NEXT thing I did, I said “I’m done” . That was a HUGE mistake and I proceeded to eat every. last. pound. back. on. This brings me too

What didn’t work: I have never believed in diet systems like Nutrisystem, Herbalife and Atkins they all seemed too restrictive and not sustainable to me. I know tons of people who have done those programs and I could never understand why. I tried Noom when it first came out and they had a 60% off promo, I cancelled it after 6 months because I was not feeling the program at all.

My Health goal :

  • Up my workouts from 2 to 4 days a week
  • Try 2 new fitness classes ( cycling or kickboxing )
  • Focus on quality of my food versus quantity – 70% of my plate vegetables and fruit.

I’m going to try and be kind to myself when it comes to heath, I don’t want to be obsessive about it . The one additional things I will do is reread Naturally Thin by Bethenny Frankel whether you like her or not her book does have so really great tips for creating a healthy lifestyle.

Tips for setting Health Goals:

  • Find exercise programs that are fun and help work up a sweat
  • Switch it up a little try classes that you don’t usually go to; this will help to break through weight loss plateaus
  • Instead of “cutting out” foods try to add fresh fruits and vegetables to your favorite meals.
  • Know thy self; if you know you hate the idea of liquid diets of pre-made meals; don’t do it. Your only setting your set up for failure.

Day 7 Complete, till next time folks!

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