Laura Rennie

Update on health goals - What I learned (and lost)

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I'll start this off by answering the burning question: No, I did not lose five pounds by July 1st. But, I did lose three! Hooray!

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I had several health goals for June, including losing five pounds, eating no more than 3 desserts a week, and exercising 5 times a week. Here's what went well and what didn't:

Limiting desserts wasn't hard. I allowed myself to have one dark chocolate a day, but beyond that I had to weigh whether I'd go for a slice of cheesecake in the evening or something like a bowl of cherries or some popcorn. 

I exercised 5 days a week for three weeks, but last week I only got in three workouts. Some days I walked for 45-60 minutes with Chloe, other days I did 10 minutes of yoga in the morning and 10 minutes of weights in the evening. I would ideally have more of an exercise routine, but I'm happy with how I (mostly) hit my goal and I'm calling it a success.

I kept a food diary for 3 of the 4 weeks. It was really eye-opening and helpful, and I highly recommend it! Week 4 was a bit crazy due to full days and traveling, which is why I slacked on exercising and note-taking. Oh well!

I intended to make three new recipes using vegetables, and I only made two. I tried roasting carrots (which didn't turn out great but I want to try again), and I made a KILLER cauliflower cheese. I roasted the cauliflower instead of steaming or boiling. 

I didn't lose five pounds, so I didn't hit that goal. BUT, three pounds lost is still great!

You could say I was 2/3 for pretty much all of my goals. Early last week I was feeling really down on myself because I had lost three pounds but only had five days to lose two more. Some prayer and a pep talk from a friend reminded me that obsessing about weight loss is NOT healthy, and that I should celebrate my wins instead of focusing on my failures. I decided to stop trying to lose weight and instead focused on maintenance. 

Overall the experience was harder than I expected, but worth the effort. I want to continue exercising frequently and limiting sweets. I'm hoping to lose two more pounds but will mostly focus on weight maintenance and exercise. 

Some of my favorite snacks: cinnamon sugar popcorn cakes, Thai Chili Lime Plentils, carrots with lentil or sweet potato hummus, cherries, and greek yogurt with peanut butter mixed in.

What has helped you reach your health goals? I'd love to know!