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Monday, July 16, 2012

Healthy Reading - My new lifestyle?

Living healthy isn't always easy. Eating healthy everyday is especially hard. But, is it worth it? Yo yeah! 
Now, am I a healthy eater? Not particularly. But I do want to start fresh and begin a healthier more active lifestyle. Easier said that done, right? Although, lately I have cut down on binge snacking and eating just to eat, but I still eat some pretty high fat foods. Summer is hard to keep on track of an eating pattern because we're always on the go. You want food quickly to get back into your daily routine, but quickly usually means unhealthy. I'm only just beginning to start to move/work out again, since a few weeks back I sprained my foot(again). So today I started with 30 minutes. I hope to do 30 minute workouts at least 4 times a week, for now. Then work my way up. 

Am I even close to showing improvement? No. I started cutting down a few weeks ago, I cut out pepsi from my diet over a month ago(I used to drink almost 2lts of pepsi a day *shock horror*) and today I'm back to working out. I'm going to be downloading an app for my phone where you can scan the bar code? of whatever your eating and it keeps track of all your calories, etc. If I don't write down what I'm eating, I'll forget and think I ate less. Every bite counts and I want to make each bite worth it. 

My weight goal? 140 pounds. (I'm 5`7) The last time I was 140 pounds I was a size 5/7 pants. I'm built a bit heavier no matter how small my waist gets, so 140 is a healthy a fitting weight. 
My weight time? 2 years. That may seem like a long time for a goal, but with my current weight being pretty far off from my goal, I want to pace myself and do it the healthy way. If I lose it quicker, all the better. I'm just trying to be realistic. 

Which leads me to my current healthy reads. 

A few weeks back, I picked up The Biggest Loser 30-Day Jump Start book from Coles. I love the Biggest Loser and Jillian Michaels and I know this book will give me many great tips. Food choices, workouts, advice and support from fellow health kick individuals. You get advice from the cast of previous seasons of the Biggest Loser and also from the trainers. I love the motivation this show/book gives to a person who wants to get in shape. 

Check it out! It's worth a look. 

Another book I picked up from Coles a few weeks back was Eat This, Not That. Like the first book I bought, both are one part of a series. No particular order, obviously, just a few different versions. 
I bought the 2010 edition that was on sale just to see what it was all about and within a few minutes of opening the book I realized how much useful information is in here. So many better alternatives to your favorite foods, but you still get the tastes you love. I was especially pleased that it's not saying you can't eat out/fast food, it just shows you the better choices/the lesser of evils. I also learned that some foods are just best to avoid. 

Check it out! It's super useful. 

I hope this was useful to anyone who's thinking about/starting to get into shape and to eat healthier. If you have any great motivational or helpful books for getting into shape and eating healthy please leave the name or link in the comments. Or maybe you know a great alternative to some good foods? I'm a huge potato chip lover. *winks* I'd love to hear what you've got to say! 

Good luck and have fun! 


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