By Angie Fykes
New Direction Weight Loss Champion
In the past two weeks, I have definitely found the triggers that cause
me to not do as well in maintaining my food plan and exercise routine.
This past weekend, I sat down with my husband and asked him to help me
ensure that I had the appropriate amount of time set aside for myself
while not jeopardizing the time I needed to spend caring for my family
as well. I am one to always put others before myself, and this has made
me realize that with good planning and a support system that the time
can still exist even when life gets crazy.
So, this past week has been so much easier, and I feel so much better
and energized. I had time to complete my meal prep, and have made it to
the gym three times! It is amazing, but the classes that I loved taking
at my local gym are now starting to become too easy for me, and I have
added some new equipment to my routine and plan on trying a few new classes
to provide more variety in my workouts. I am a person that needs to be
challenged during my workouts or I will find myself getting bored. That
is one place I do not want to be as I continue this journey to a healthier me!
My focus for this past week has been change, a term that typically intimidates
me. However, I am finding that change is my friend. Being at the gym and
participating in the New Direction has helped me to make new friends and
share my struggles with people in different stages as they try to become
healthier as well. I am more open to trying new things, and I am beginning
to give my husband competition in the kitchen (who has always been the
main “chef” of our household). I am cooking leaner versions
of family favorites, and even my picky eight year old agrees that it is
good! I have been adding all of our favorites to my Pinterest account
for easy retrieval for future use, and will continue to do so to ensure
that we have a variety of meals that are easily accessed. I look forward
to the new recipes that are awaiting me in the coming weeks and to the
new classes that I will be taking as well! Variety is definitely something
to stay on top of when incorporating changes into your lifestyle!