During the spring campout at church a few of us ladies were chatting (while making lunches for the kids) about how we were all in need of a little help with our waistlines. Most of us had gained 40 or more pounds since our weddings (although one had gained a lot less, she was a lot closer to her wedding than the rest of us as well) and we had all tried lots of diets or exercise plans and not had them work.
Well, one of the ladies had a new plan: God, by way of the Sam’s Club book counter:
|Food, Fitness, and Faith for Women: A 21 Day Journey to a New You|
We all agreed that God had been the one thing really lacking in our past plans, so we got hold of the book and we set a start date and now that day is here.
The book is pretty simple and slim on details: you find your own diet and exercise plan, something doctor approved, and then this book provides the Scripture and encouragement and opportunity to journal daily. A little paragraph about health, a lot of quotes from the Bible and elsewhere, and then a journaling prompt. I liked this because it didn’t dictate to me exactly what I had to follow, so I could go at my own pace and let my RA kind of determine my days more than a book full of advice that didn’t take that into consideration.
Here’s how today went:
I did really good in the morning: got up, read the chapter, made myself a little plaque with the main quote from the book to put up in my kitchen, worked out, ate a reasonable breakfast & skipped snacking.
Afternoon wasn’t bad either: a decent lunch, then skipped the afternoon snack because I was having a high calorie dinner, walked a fair distance to the car & back.
Evening though, well, some of you know that I went back home after the play. Nick didn’t go back to work (surprise!), but had been preparing a special dinner.. So I did not do well in the evening after all that work the rest of the day. *sigh*
But that’s okay! The book didn’t really have any goal for today other than make a list of healthy choices you’d like to follow and unhealthy ones you’d like to drop and an admonition to look at portion sizes, which I totally did.
My healthy habits list:
- Eat less bad for me things
- Drink more H20
- Exercise at least 5 days a week
Bad habits to change:
- Eating junk just for something to do
- Drinking caffeine & alcohol
- Not exercising because “I don’t have time.”