I noticed during Blogtober that I haven't really given an update on my personal health journey since August. That's because September and October were both rather hectic.
TWO CRAZY MONTHS
September and October were both very busy and crazy. In September, my grandfather landed in the hospital for more than a month where he battled pneumonia. Now, he is in another hospital in a rehab of sorts. He is still not home, which makes it difficult for my mom and grandma to see him.
At the same time, my mom was in a boot and then in a cast after foot surgery in early September. I took a bit of time off from work to go help her at her house, which is more that two and a half hours away from mine.
Right after her surgery, I received word that my job was closing down to allow everyone to evacuate before Hurricane Florence hit the area. I was at home for two more weeks. Luckily, I had my computer and was able to keep blogging!
And in October, I participated in Blogtober, where you blog something new each day. This took up a lot of time, as I would do posts like recipes where I actually made everything so I could get pictures!
MY HEALTH STATUS
HEALTHIER HABITS I'VE KEPT UP WITH
While I haven't been eating a low-carb diet recently, I have been drinking more water and fewer "regular" sodas, meaning that I've switched to diet. I've heard people say that diet drinks aren't all that good for you, but I think they are better than other sodas, which will add more than 200 calories to your diet each day.
I do think that this has made a bit of a difference. I think that, if I went back to drinking soda like I used to drink it, I'd rapidly regain the weight.
I plan to move forward in the cooler months with my fitness plans. I want to lose this weight for a number of reasons, but mostly for my health. I don't want to have a number of complications a few years from now because of my weight.
Last week, I had met my 30-pound weight loss goal, but I lost it when Halloween came and I started to get candy and other things for myself or from others.
I plan to revamp my weight loss goal plan and to make a better effort to take care of myself. Aside from my physical health, I've also taken some precautions to better my mental health. I've been thinking through my feelings a lot more, and we've also been attending a church that makes my heart so happy! I'm excited about the things to come and I look forward to continuing to better my health!
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If you follow me on this blog, or if you're subscribed to the We're the Allison's YouTube page, you'll know that I have already met one of my fitness goals (lose 15 pounds). In order to make things more interesting, I decided to give myself non-food rewards when I meet a fitness goal.
FITNESS GOALS REACHED
15 LBS: NEW WORKOUT OUTFIT
I've reached a new fitness goal! I've lost 20 pounds. I actually hit this marker a few weeks ago, and have been plateauing on my current weight loss plan, which means it is time to kick butt in the gym! However, the lack of further weight loss can be attributed to stress and eating not-so-great things a few weekends in a row due to family surgeries and doctor's appointments.
So, because of the business of life and finances, I haven't actually gone to get my pedicure, but I'm hoping to head to a salon sometime today to make that happen. As you can see by my chart above, I have highlighted my "goal rewards" in yellow and orange.
Yellow rewards are smaller rewards like $10 for anything I want, or a new pair of leggings, or something on the cheaper side. Orange rewards are bigger rewards like the pedicure or a new FitBit.
The next goal is 30 pounds and I will be able to get $10 for anything I want. I think I may do $10 of lottery tickets just to make it fun and create more content for our YouTube channel.
TIPS FOR WEIGHT LOSS WHEN YOU'RE BUSY/STRESSED
As I mentioned, I feel like I was making some bad decisions with what I put in my body over the past few weekends, but I'm determined to keep going. It is important to note that, while I made some bad decisions, it didn't negatively effect my weight loss. I actually only gained a little under a pound, which I've since lost by making good eating decisions.
1. MAKE THE HEALTHIEST POSSIBLE DECISION
When Jonathan and I are on the road, we often find ourselves in drive-thrus or at restaurants with menus that are full of unhealthy options. I try my best to avoid grain products, like the basket of rolls or the tortilla chips. This isn't to say I never have them, but when I do, I make sure to balance.
Generally, a protein and veggie is a good idea when eating out. If you're going to a fast food place, chicken strips are almost always better than burgers because you're avoiding extra toppings and buns, which will only add to your calorie count.
2. BALANCE WHAT YOU DO AND WHAT YOU EAT
When you're working to lose weight, balance is at the center of it all. If you eat a carb-loaded at one meal (like cheesy fries, which I swear is my Kryptonite), you should probably try to avoid carb-invested foods for the rest of the day.
Additionally, if you're splurging on your calories, you need to try to move more. This works with the calories in, calories out mentality. When trying to lose weight, you should always strive to eat fewer calories than you burn.
3. DON'T DRINK YOUR CALORIES
Even before I started this weight journey, I was trying to put an end to drinking my calories. I was a frequent at the Starbucks that I pass on my way to work, and I often had a sugary-delicious drink with my take out for lunch.
Water is essential, and if you drink two sodas a day, you're probably already using 500 calories of the standard 2,000-calorie daily diet on drinks. I have been drinking mostly water and will occasionally reach for a diet drink. I hear they aren't good for other reasons, but they satisfy the need for caffeine and carbonation without costing you a single calorie. In fact, the only thing on the nutrition label for most sodas is sodium, which can be found in those little flavor packets you add to your water.
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