I hope everyone had a great weekend! We had a wonderful weekend! I had my first run with the Luke’s Locker Half Marathon training group and had some good times and good food with friends and family — perfect little weekend! My husband and I are obsessed with “Fixer Upper” on HGTV and watched 3 episodes on our DVR this weekend — seriously how cute are Chip and Joanna Gaines?! They just make me smile. Now on to the actual topic of this blog!
Mackenzie and I go visit my mom (she only lives 45 minutes away) on Mondays and on the first Monday of the New Year, I spotted this book at her house – Thinner in 30: Small Changes That Add Up Into Big Changes in Just 30 Days by Jenna Wolfe. Jenna Wolfe used to be the fitness correspondent on the Today Show and I have always admired how fit she is and how amazing she looked during and after her pregnancy! While browsing through the book and the daily tips, I was inspired to purchase the book for myself (thank you Amazon) and start participating with my mom to make these changes. I noticed that most of the tips are things I should be doing anyways and this will just help me re-add these healthy habits to my lifestyle (if I’m not doing them already). I thought it could be a fun blog series to review these tips on a weekly basis and let you know how I am doing! As an aspiring RD, I love to incorporate more healthy habits into my daily life.
Day 1 – Drink 20 sips of water when you wake up in the morning – Start rehydrating immediately when you wake up! I haven’t had any trouble with this habit.
Day 2 – Log your Food! — I have a love/hate relationship with food logging. I can get a bit obsessive with it and love seeing all my food add up for the day but I do think it is a beating to log my food. But as Jenna mentions in the book, it will make you think twice before putting something in your mouth. I did okay with this one – I logged 5.5 out of 7 days. It definitely is crazy how quickly calories can add up though!
Day 3 – Walk 10,000 Steps a Day — Obviously taking more steps burns more calories! This will encourage me to take the dog and baby on more walks throughout the week! Days I don’t run this is definitely a challenge. I have realized that errands like the grocery store, Costco and the mall definitely help get in a lot of steps.
Day 4 – Stop Eating Simple Carbs After 6:00 pm — I was happy to read you can still eat the healthier carbs found in beans and grains! I would say overall I FAILED with this one but plan on stepping up my no simple carb game this week!
Day 5 – Pick Two Exercises and Do Them 50 Times Throughout the Day – I did pretty well with this one. This is just what I needed since these abs need a little bit (errr a lot a bit) of work! I decided to do 50 ab exercises and 25 pushups a day – I thought 50 pushups may be a bit too many to start with.
Day 6 – Redo How You Chew — Chew each bite 20 times before swallowing! FAIL – I will start doing this on Monday! I imagine this habit will help me make sure I stop eating when I’m actually full.
Day 7 – Adjust Your Expectations — Basically don’t expect to lose weight quickly and stay mentally tough with the program! I feel like I learned this lesson throughout the Whole Life Challenge. Patience Patience Patience is the key.
I would definitely recommend purchasing the book as there are great tips and explanations to go with each change. Jenna has exercises to go with Day 5 and really explains WHY she has included each of the steps that she has.
Anyone else doing some sort of get healthy program now that it is January? Any suggestions?