9 Ways Our Team Is Getting Healthier
It's nearly the middle of February (already??), and that means statistically speaking, many people have already given up on their New Years resolutions. But if you're wanting to set some goals to get even just a wee bit healthier this year – you're not alone!
Here are some of the things that the PPP Team Members are doing this year – ranging from small goals to big goals and everything in between!
Even though I feel like I've struggled with my weight forever, over the last few years I feel like I have a (fairly?!) good handle on a reasonable weight for me, and have figured out (at least for now?) what works best for my body. After working on my weight loss goals truly almost my entire life, I'm incredibly aware that I constantly need to cycle what I'm doing, so if I try something and it doesn't work well, I'm pretty willing to swap to a new plan.
This year I'm continuing what I've done for the last few years by fasting (I use the Faster Way to Fat Loss method and it's been amazing). However, over the last few months I've added in Noom as well (I LOVE LOVE LOVE this weight loss app!) It's simple to follow, takes the guesswork out of figuring out calories, and I can tell a big difference in the quality of the food I eat on the days I log my meals.
I don't focus as much on carb cycling the way the Faster Way to Fat Loss program recommends (I probably should, but since I've been pretty content with my weight I haven't worried too much over it!). I do still “fast” most days from 8PM until 12PM, and then log my food into my Noom app on my best days.
And, I always (always!) work out during the week, because it just makes me function better at all I do. (I'm more focused, get more done, and am in general just a happier person on the days I work out!).
I work out 5 days a week between 5 and 5:30 AM by using my Peloton (there are cheaper versions here), Les Mills Body Pump, and Body Combat. I love love love those classes, and highly recommend them if you have them nearby!
This year I'm basically just sticking to my lazy Keto diet and drinking lots more water!
I lost 55 lbs last year after doing the Keto diet for 6 months, and I spent the Fall just maintaining that weight. Over the holidays I allowed myself to take a couple months off plan, and put a little weight back on. So last month I re-started Keto. (woohoo!) I'm hoping to drop my little 8 lb “Holiday Tummy” and get back to where I was feeling so proud of myself again. 🙂
Besides diet – I am tracking my water intake this year and trying to be SUPER good about drinking a ton. I've read that it's best to drink anywhere from .5 – 1 oz of water per pound you weigh. So if I weigh 150 lbs, I should be shooting for up to 150 oz of water. That's a little more than a gallon. I try to boss myself around and not drink a cup of coffee until I drink a cup of water. (And I drink coffee alllll day long – so that helps me stay on top of it!). Then when I go to get the kids from school, I bring a giant cup of water and try to have it all gone by the time I get home.
I'm not much of an exerciser… but I tell myself that when the weather gets nice again I'll get out and hike a bunch. 🙂
I feel weird writing my routine out – but here it goes!
I try to run/walk about 20-25 miles a week, but if it's raining I do a work out video from home (here's one I really like!). I do daily stretches to stay flexible.
As far as diet, I try to stay healthy by eating mostly organic produce, meat, eggs and milk. I also make a lot of my own items so I can control what goes into them i.e. cream soup, taco seasoning, meat rub, etc so I do not have to buy items that have additives in them. Oh! And I take a daily probiotic as well!
I am a vegetarian when I eat out and when I go on mission trips and basically everywhere but my house.
I try to eat healthier options but do love me some sweets. 🙂 I mostly stick to dark chocolate or high fiber options for snacks.
I HATE to sweat!
That’s been one of my many excuses over my ummm 54 years on this earth not to exercise. But that changed last year when I realized that I had to get moving to improve my health (mainly some feet issues I was having). So, because I hate to sweat I decided to try out swimming and I fell in love with it! For the first time ever I have consistently exercised 3 or 4 days a week for a whole year.
I decided that for 2021, I wouldn’t make a resolution per say but would continue to swim when possible, make healthy eating choices, and maybe add in some strength training. However, after Christmas break it’s been a little challenging to get back to it. My motivation just wasn’t there.
Then I read an article that talked about how motivation will fail you every single time and that really it’s all about discipline. That resonated with me! Discipline is when you just do the hard stuff even when you don’t feel like it. I had plenty of days in 2020 when I didn’t feel like it and did it anyway. And, you know what? I never regretted getting that work out in or making good choices. But…..I did regret those days when I made a conscious choice to not do the hard things.
This past year I have improved my health and lost 25 pounds along the way. So, for 2021 I think I’m going to make DISCIPLINE my word and on those days I don’t want to get out of bed to exercise at 6 AM, or eat cauli rice or kale ~ I’ll do it anyway.
This year I'm trying to be more intentional about staying active (and staying hydrated as well!). Since I work from a computer, I purchased a treadmill desk so I could walk for part of my day while I work. (I didn't really use it over the holidays (eeek!), so I'm excited about getting back into the swing of using it more regularly!).
I have A LOT of big goals for 2021.
I've done keto on and off a few times and I always get in my head and get mad because I'm not losing “enough” or “Fast enough” and quit….. literally 4 times I think I've done that…. I always try to go back and do it “my way” (which is supposed to just be a balanced diet and calorie counting but turns into a free for all ). SO, I am started back on keto because I know it works for me and I have a very clear line of what I can / can't have (although I am dirty/lazy keto for sure).
This year, I've decided to continue my health regime that I began last Fall. This includes walking 2 miles and running 2 miles each day (sometimes I need a break from running so I'll just walk the 4 miles). I've also added in 100 different sit ups and I'm up to 25 pushups daily (15 real ones and 10 on my knees). I'm REALLY hoping to up the amount of those push-ups, but they are HARD people!
My goals this year are to get healthier, lose weight (as always), and just in general feel better as I continue to age.
This year I'm heading out at 8am every morning to go walking – I meet up with a group of ladies to make me more accountable. I try to walk between 4 -5 miles every morning when the weather cooperates. If it does not, I am doing a workout from Beachbody on Demand.
Water, water, water every day is definitely what I am striving to improve on this year. It is my downfall and I know it is the key to feeling better! Oh – and I am being better about wearing sunscreen all the time!
2020 was a funky year for me – and even 2021 didn't start off super great. I used to be an avid runner and did a daily bootcamp class, but when the pandemic hit, I lost my motivation to be healthy. I also have been a Weight Watchers member for a few years and really love it. But recently the numbers on the scale (love this one!) have been going up, my clothes have been a bit too snug, and I've been just kind of miserable. 🙁
However, finally this month, I decided I have to get back on track. My goal is to walk at least 10,000 steps every day for the next 6 weeks (or more!) and to stay within my daily point range in the Weight Watchers app.
To keep me in line with my walking, I love to do StepBet challenges – mainly because I'm SO competitive and hate losing. With StepBet, you pay a certain fee to join, and then everyone that completes their goal by the end of the game, gets a portion of the dividends back (if you don't meet your goal, you get nothing!).
Now we'd LOVE to hear what you're doing to get a little healthier this year – what are your goals and your new routines? Share in the comments!
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