About six months ago, I published an article about my diet resolutions for 2011. They were to exercise more, exercise harder, and eat better on the run. I wasn’t very successful with these resolutions in the beginning, but I’m starting to have some success with them now. In this article I’ll cover the changes I’ve made.
My first resolution was to exercise more. I have had some success with this, but not in the way I originally planned. In my previous article, I said that I planned to take breaks to do short bursts of exercise, such as jumping jacks, sit-ups or at your desk exercises. I have not followed through with that, however I have started doing some short Pilates or yoga workouts at the end of the day as a way to stretch out after sitting all day. I have also started doing some more intense aerobic exercise by adding a high-intensity workout that alternates aerobic exercise with weight training. I’ve started doing this workout twice a week, and I’m pleased to say that my muscles have started getting stronger – I can now use eight pound weights to do my weight training exercises, rather than five pound weights, which is what I started with. I had also planned to start exercising when my husband and I were out of town, unfortunately I haven’t been very successful with this yet because when we’re out of town, we spend a lot of time visiting with friends and family.
I had also planned to start drinking more water and replacing some of the frozen dinners I eat with more healthy options. I had planned to add more by drinking water at lunchtime as well as during the day. I’m pleased to say I have been successful with this, I’m now drinking mostly water or juice during the day, and only drinking soda at night with dinner.
As far as replacing frozen dinners with more healthy options, I’m still eating mostly frozen dinners, but I do occasionally eat a chicken breast or a hamburger made from lean ground beef along with either vegetables or one of the rice blends that my husband and I like, if we make extra the night before. In addition, my husband and I have started eating healthier fast food lunches when we travel. On our last trip up to Michigan we stopped at Wendy’s, and rather than getting fries and a soda with the chicken wraps we ordered, we got baked potatoes and water, which were much healthier choices.
These are the steps I’ve started taking to fulfill my diet resolutions for 2011. I’m pleased to say I’ve started losing a little weight. I started at 153 pounds, and I’m currently at 147.5. I hope to be down to 145 by the end of June, and then hopefully get my weight even lower by the end of the year. Stay tuned for more updates!