Better Eating For The Best You
I want to start this post by simply making one statement, in order to make an improvement in your life, you must make a change. That is it.
The past three weeks have been quite the learning experience, not only for me with planning and executing, but for a lot of people who have been following my journey and asking questions. Lynn (my wife) and I are spending a few hours on Sundays to take care of all of our meals, but it is SO worth it during the week.
Before, I would find myself constantly struggling with decisions of what to eat for my meals during the week. After I would make the decision, I would have to assemble it or cook it. When you really think about it, the amount of time you spend on figuring out what to eat, how to prepare it, actually preparing it, accounting for it in my MtFitnessPal app (tracking my macronutrients and calories), it really adds up!
Now, setting aside a few hours on my Sunday to plan our meals for the week, buy the foods, prepare them, and cook all of our meals is the only work I do. Having the meals fully measured, prepared, and ready to go makes eating during the week SOOOOO much easier.
Again, to reiterate, the purpose of this 12 week journeys to show you all HOW IMPORTANT proper nutrition and healthy foods are to your overall wellness. If you haven’t read my initial post, please check it out. I have not changed anything other than my eating habits and what I’m eating. Could I reach my goals and get back to my original state in less than 12 weeks? Of course! But I’m trying to show you that it does take time and consistent, but small, effort to do it. 🙂
Starting weight: 156 pounds & 16% body fat
Current weight: 151.5 pounds & 14.7% body fat
On another note…
I’m finding that a lot of people who know they want to be better (better shape, better health, better fitness, better overall) but they get discouraged because they think the change needs to happen right away and everything must be in line in order to make it work. The saddening part to all of that thinking is it is wrong. You do not need to make the huge change with your diet to eat healthy for every meal, work out every day of the week, etc. You simply need to choose something, and do it.
What I recommend to you is to make the decision, and then make a plan.
Below is a simple plan you can incorporate into your life to make it even better. If you’re already doing any of these steps, bravo! You should feel good about yourself and look for steps to take to keep improving yourself and your life.
If you have not done any of these steps, understand you’re not alone and you’re not too late! You can totally do this and I’m here to help however I can!
In no specific order, but progressing in ease of change:
– Drink more water. (Figure out how much you’re drinking realistically and try to add one or two more glasses to that total) Six to eight 8oz glasses of water a day is ideal.
– Reduce the number of pre-packaged foods that are high in sodium
– Reduce the amount of sodas or carbonated beverages you consume.
– Eat something green (as in a veggie) at least once a day.
– Eat something green (as in a veggie) with two meals each day.
– Move more often however you can move.
-Try to get more sleep (optimally 7-8.5 hours a night).