Plan and Monitor Your Eating is the Week 8 lesson. I can barely plan getting out of the house on time in the morning much less meals for the day. I started the 12 week Fit Mind Fit Body program to become more fit, more healthy and to lose weight. This became especially important as I looked at my upcoming 40th birthday. The previous blog “It’s your birthday, it’s your birthday” was just before I turned 40. Now, a week, several lunches and a dinner party later, I can say, this was the BEST birthday ever! I was able to celebrate and it was not all centered around food. When there was food, I made healthy choices. Go me, go me! This year as I reflect on the past 39 years, I am humbled by the experience. In the first weeks of the program, I learned the tools to motivate myself daily. One of my daily motivations is to possibly prevent the future recurrence of cancer. I am a five time, yes, a five time ovarian cancer survivor. Did I say SURVIVOR? That means I am still here! Through all of the treatments and surgeries, I have another opportunity to do something to improve my quality of life. So, I must plan. I plan to follow the program to the end. I plan to work hard to have a healthier lifestyle. Now, I have to plan my eating. There are many websites, apps and gadgets to help with meal planning. One that many of the people in the group recommend is My Fitness Pal. I set up an account and input information like current weight, height and age. I also added my weight loss goals and my level of physical activity. My daily calories were calculated. For me, it was 2200 calories a day. Well, if the average is a diet based on 2000 calories, I can do a lot with 200 more. So, I decided to input a meal from any given day before starting the program. Whoa, that was almost 4000 calories back then. No wonder I was gaining weight. So, I just added the meals from yesterday and it was right around 2200. Now that I have an eye on monitoring calories, what about this planning? In the weeks before, I was mindful of my eating but I failed at planning what I was eating in advance. Most days, eating was on the fly and had not been documented. This week, I made a concerted effort to plan out a healthy menu but I like variety, so I built in some options for each meal. If I don’t feel like one thing, I have a fall back without falling into old habits. I feel this will be my biggest challenge yet. Over the course of the last 2 weeks, fighting too much birthday cake and unhealthy meal choices, I am down 1.4 pounds, a total of 13 pounds. Wow! Feel free to follow my progress. How do you plan and monitor what you eat? Let me know, I need some tips!
Written by PurplePearls