Wednesday, March 20, 2013

More Health Concious

Being more healthy has been on my mind a lot lately. I want my future family to be healthy and I used to always tell myself that I would start when we have kids, but I am realizing that I should probably start before that happens. So here I am trying to be more health conscious. So here are a few things that we have started doing at our house:
  1. We cook homemade meals. Every time we can. Though our meals are not the healthiest, but we are working on that. Which leads me to the next point.
  2. We recently purchased a Groupon for a meal planning website called eMeals. This website provides us with recipes and a grocery list for 7 meals a week. We chose the low fat meal option so that the recipes will be healthier. We are not going to follow this meal plan exactly but we hope to chose meals from the provided list when we need them. We do not need 7 meals a week because Richard has night classes and we tend to hang out with people on the weekends which means we eat out with them (we both know this is probably not healthy, but we struggle with wanting to be social, but also wanting to be healthy). Also, I am a normal very picky eater so finding food that I will eat is difficult. I am trying to be better about eating different meals in the name of being healthy.
  3. We also don't buy a whole lot of junk food. It is so much easier to keep away from the junk if it is not in the house. We are not perfect about this, but we are trying.
  4. I pack a lunch for work everyday. Before I decided to be healthy, I was very lazy about my meal choices. I would grab a hot pocket and a soda for lunch everyday. I had tried giving up soda previously, but then I bought it so that I could drink it when I was having a very tired day. But the convenience of just grabbing a soda was so much better than pouring myself something else to drink. So I decided that I am not going to buy soda anymore that way I have no temptation to drink it. I also now pack sandwiches and tons of fruit for my meals. I think I eat 3 pieces of fruit throughout my work day now.  Also, I switched to only drinking water throughout my work day. I drink about 40-60 ounces of water a day. 
  5. I have tried to exercise more. I have been working out about twice a week, but some weeks its less. I would like to workout more and maybe find ways to switch up what I am doing for workouts. Right now I do a few of my favorite workout from P90X and I love them. I think they are a great workout and I usually end up sweating a lot. However, I get bored of them quickly so adding a few more fun workouts would be ideal. I would like exercise to become part of my routine so it doesn't feel like such a drag all the time.
  6. I use the My Fitness Pal app. You can enter your food in to this program and it calculates all the nutrition fact for you. I like this because it helps me see things that I can cut that are not as good of a choice. It is also nice because you don't realize how many calories you intake until you write them all out. I am not super strict with this app or do I count my calories all the time it is just nice to use to see how far off from your goal you are.

A few thing we still need to work on:
  1. We eat out way too much. I already mentioned this, but we find it really hard to choose not to go out to dinner with people. Or we hangout with people and it overlaps a meal time and since we are not at home we end up eating out. It is incredibly unhealthy to eat at pretty much any restaurant. Go look at some of the nutrition facts for some restaurants, like Applebees for example. It is gross. But at the same time we are in a new place wanting to make friends so we usually end up going out. 
  2. Another thing I need to work on is eating less food during a meal. I need to eat until I am full and no more. When I eat something I like I usually eat too much because it is so good. Eating until I am full will help me stay healthy.
  3. I would also like to be all around more active. At work I sit still for 9 hours a day- hardly move at all. And then when I come home I watch TV. Bad. I would like to take more walks, sit on the couch less and do other things to keep active. Also, I would like to do more exercises with my husband so that it is a group effort.
  4. Not sure if this is really something I need to work on, but its still something. I don't own a scale and I have no desire to buy one. If I feel healthy and look healthy and fit into my old jeans again that is good enough for me. No matter what my actual weight may be. 

Anyway that is my brain dump. Hopefully now that I put this into words it will help me to follow through with this whole healthy lifestyle thing. 

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