The past few weeks I have been trying to concentrate on what triggers cause
me to crave poor choices. I already knew that I was a stress eater, and
have tried to substitute exercise or some other activity when I feel stressed
out. Having a family with a very busy schedule, this can be quite the
challenge, but I am learning to work my workout schedule around all the
various activities. I have never been a morning workout person, but am
happy that I decided to try a 6 am class this week. I had a lot of fun,
and even had some friends in the class, which always makes it more enjoyable!
I am absolutely amazed at how much energy I have after a morning workout!
Another area that I struggle with is eating out when we are constantly
running around. I use an app on my phone to track my food consumption
for the day, and when I have downtime, I have been adding in meals that
are lower on the calorie end, but that are also filling and are at a place
that my whole family agrees upon.
This time of year, we also love to eat outside, and keep a fully stocked
picnic supply basket and a travel grill in the trunk of the car. This
way, we can fill a cooler with healthy options, and eat “out.”
This is especially nice, as the recreation park that the kids typically
practice at has an awesome pavilion, an outdoor track and workout area,
and a playground for the kids! I always keep my water bottle filled when
on the go, and keep an extra protein bar in my purse in case I get into
a bind. Doing these few simple things have really had an impact on my
lifestyle, and keep me on track when I have a lot going on.
I also have a reason to celebrate this week!
I have officially gone over the 25 pound weight loss goal that I set for
my first reward! I will be going shopping this weekend for my next Alex and Ani bracelet,
which will always be a reminder of the goals I have set for myself! My
first bracelet was given to me at the beginning of my journey by my husband
and is called New Beginnings. The one I plan to purchase this weekend
is called Today is an Opportunity. I love how I can find bracelets that
perfectly spell out how I feel as I reach a goal (I also love jewelry,
so the incentive is another awesome way to keep me on track)!