I am giving my weight loss posts an overhaul. I’m sick of focusing on the obvious – how much weight I’ve lost – instead, I’m going to focus on what I want to achieve.
My ultimate goal is to live a healthy lifestyle while enjoying life. If I lose weight while I’m doing it then that’s an added bonus. I’m fed up of being fat, frumpy and unhappy.
How do I intend to live a healthy lifestyle?
Only a part of living a healthy lifestyle is what you eat but it is the biggest step to start with.
My biggest vice is, well I actually have two, coffee (all the time and lots of it) and sweet stuff (for 2 weeks of the month).
I will always have sweet treats in my house. In fact, I’m a firm believer in keeping them around. My children have healthy relationships with food and I’ve worked hard for that. I keep my own crappy relationship with food away from them wherever possible. I’m proud to say that, while they are fond of a snack, they choose the healthy options most of the time.
My focus for this week is to really monitor the amount of coffee I am drinking. I don’t want to end up with caffeine withdrawal so I’m going to cut down to 5 cups of coffee or less. The one positive with coffee is that I don’t take it with sugar so one less thing to say goodbye to.
Talking of sugar though, I also want to use MyFitnessPal to limit daily sugar intake.
Another big downfall for me is how much water I drink (or don’t as the case may be). I drink nowhere near enough so I really want to drink more.
I want to aim for 8 glasses of water a day. I’m in the process of creating a ‘hydration chart’ for my fridge that I’ll be able to fill in every time I finish a glass. I guess little things will help.
Activity & Exercise
I lead a very sedentary lifestyle with the number of cwtches I give out on a daily basis. Although, my fitness watch’s activity monitor rarely tells me that I’ve been still for 45 minutes, so I must be regularly active at least. I do need to get up off my backside more though. Whether it’s a walk to the park or running up the stairs a few extra times a day.
I’m starting small this week so want to say I’ll pick a time of day when I can walk up the stairs 4 times.
This week’s goals
Stick to five coffees or less a day.
Consume less than 50g of sugar a day.
Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
Climb the stairs an extra 4 times a day.
There are my four small goals to get me started on my healthy lifestyle journey. Don’t forget the #FeelGoodLinky will be live on the 1st August.
Beth is a 30-something, self-employed Mum rediscovering her connection to British History and nature. Her loves include the discovery of knowledge, walking in the woods, and writing, among others. Beth is a Virtual Assistant at The Happy VA.