Reaching for A Healthy Lifestyle

 

Mrs. On Main

I have always tried to maintain a healthy lifestyle, except for when I was in high school.  For some reason, I just kind of gave up and was the heaviest I have ever been in my life.  Toward the end of senior year I decided that I was tired of being overweight and unhealthy and I made a change.  I lost about 30 lbs. and for the most part (although there has been some fluctuation) I have maintained it.  Keep reading to learn some of the things that I do to lose or maintain my weight and live a healthy lifestyle.

The past two weeks Brandon has had clinicals at the school, which means he has to get up at 5:30 am.  I decided that since he was going to be getting up early I would also, so we could go to bed at the same time. I also decided that since I don’t have to be to work until 9, I would have plenty of time to start a daily exercise plan.

Brandon and I have been working at becoming healthier since the beginning of the year, and we have been doing quite well as far as diet goes.  I have not lost any weight, but I have gained more energy and felt better which is what counts the most.  I decided that since I have gotten my eating into a better state I should probably start getting my body in shape.

I have never really cared for exercising at least not structured exercise videos, but I do enjoy outdoor walking or biking.  But since we live where it is cold a majority of the time, outside exercise wasn’t going to happen often enough.So, I resorted to using a program called Wii Fit on our gaming system. It has structured strength and yoga exercises and freestyle virtual runs and games.  Even after only two weeks my body has felt a lot stronger and firmer. I think I am going to continue to get up at least a half hour early, so I can get in exercise every day.

I normally exercise Monday-Friday and take a break on the weekend.  I start with some lighter yoga poses and transition into strength training and finish with a virtual run.  I like using Wii Fit because it keeps track of when I exercise, and I have a virtual trainer that helps me keep the correct pose, so I don’t hurt myself.  It also tells me when I have reached 30 minutes of exercising and tells me approximately how many calories I have burned.

As far as diet is concerned, I have been following the 3 hour diet. I have done it in the past because it is easy to follow and my body seems to respond to it the best.  I like it because it keeps you from feeling like you are starving yourself, and it also keeps your blood sugar level.  This is what I do:  At 6am I eat a 400 calorie (approximately) meal, 9am 100 calorie snack, 12pm a 400 calorie meal, 3pm a 100 calorie snack, and finally 6pm a 400 calorie meal.  Since I’m not gaining or losing any weight I will probably cut either my meals or my snacks down a few calories, so I can lose some weight. I am not much overweight, but I would like to lose a little weight, so I can feel healthier. But other than losing a few pounds.  I am very happy with my body.

The goal is supposed to be health, not weight loss. If I continue to eat healthy and exercise but don’t lose weight, It’s ok if I instead gain more energy and my body feels healthier.

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