Keeping my health in check
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, health is a priority on many people’s lists. From losing weight to eating better to drinking more water, I’ve made some of these same resolutions each year, but they never really stuck. I was always looking for a quick fix.
Right after the twins’ pregnancy, I lost some of the pregnancy weight, but the stress of the NICU made the pounds all come back on. And then some. I was the heaviest I’ve ever been (even counting pregnancy!) and I didn’t feel good about myself.
My clothes didn’t fit, I had no energy, and my health was suffering. Not only was my blood pressure high, but my acid reflux was really bad. Still, I didn’t really have the motivation to make a change until May of this year. Sure, I wanted to be able to play with my kids without getting winded, feel comfortable on a date with my husband, and not have to take a ton of pills to lower my blood pressure, but if I’m honest, the real motivator that started it all was money.
What’s your motivation?
If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you know that I started a healthy eating and exercising plan back in May, and it all started because of a fundraiser my twins’ club was doing. One of the women in my group sells healthy products, and I purchased a protein shake and vitamin plan for a month. It was a lot of money for me to spend, and I wasn’t going to let the money go to waste. It turned out to be the best money I’ve spent in a very long time.
What I Learned
Not only were there protein shakes twice a day, but the plan came with a calorie counting tool. I had never counted calories before, and boy was I in shock at how many calories I had been consuming.
I’m not going to lie. I was starving a lot that first month. I also didn’t do very much exercise because I was just learning how to eat healthy. However, once I got the hang of counting calories and the weight began to come off, I had more energy to start exercising.
I only used the protein shakes for one month, then found food substitutes that fit within my calorie count I needed to hit each day.
Progress and the future
It’s been almost 8 months, and I’m feeling great about my weight, as well as my fitness. I fit into clothes I could wear in high school, my blood pressure is great, and I’m not starving! I eat 5 times a day, workout at least 3 times a week, and finally have some muscle tone again.
Things to work on
Even though I’m feeling great about most things, I still have areas I want to improve. I still have a hard time drinking just plain water. I’ve decided I want to get either an infuser bottle or one that monitors your intake… or just a really cute one. These are three I’m thinking about:
I’m hoping that they will give me the extra motivation to up my water intake. I do drink a ton of tea, and cut out soda.
Another area I want to improve is taking vitamins every day. Even though I eat healthy, I sometimes miss out on some key nutrients because I often eat the same foods that I like. I also need to make sure that I’m getting good fats in my diet, so I may try some supplements, as well. Here are two products that I’m going to consider adding to my diet:
This is a huge one. I know I am not getting enough quality sleep.
By the time the kids go to bed, I finish working on things (like this blog,) I just want a little down time to myself. I stay up entirely too late watching TV or reading or flipping through my phone.
In order to help myself get some good sleep, I’m going to try to make our room more comfortable and conducive to rest by doing the following:
- Getting room darkening curtains (ours is the only room that doesn’t have them)
- Getting some new comfy, cotton sheets
- A new pillow
- A new mattress pad and pillow protector
Now, you might wonder why a new mattress pad and pillow protector are on the list. Well, I’m a bit of a germ-a-phobe, so I like to know I’m sleeping in a clean environment. Plus, I have allergies to dust mites, so these protectors cut down on them, as well as protect our mattress from any other unforeseen accidents (we sometimes have a visitor that sneaks in, and I have a feeling we’ll have 2 more once they figure out the child protective lock on their door.) So, here are my choices:
No need for Resolutions
So, with my health plan already in place, I will not be making any resolutions this New Year’s. I will, however, keep up my monthly goals, and keep OFF my weight.
What are you doing for your health right now? What areas do you need to work on?