04 April 2012

Getting Healthier

It's been almost 3 months since I've had Little Sister and it's time to get moving. I've been sitting on my butt long enough and am ready to see some changes in my body. I'm not only talking about the weight I have to lose (12 pounds) but I want to be healthy. I want more energy, I want to be outside and get my doses of Vitamin D and I want to lose the weight too. I want to eat healthier and smarter.

So I've started doing a few things to help me with this new goal. For starters a couple weeks ago I started doing after school carpool (walkpool) two days a week. The first few were rough, let me tell you. I would come home and the rest of my day would be completely shot. I was completely wasted. It's one thing to push a 2 year old in a stroller and it's quite another thing to push a 30 pound almost three year old and a 14 pound 3 month old in a not so great rolling stroller. I was starting to wonder why I offered to do it. I mean why mess with a good thing? I could just hang out all afternoon in my house and Big Sister would just come home! It was wonderful. But after three times it started to get easier and I remembered why I wanted to do it. I started to feel great. Now just walking to school twice a week isn't enough. This week I have added walking Big Sister to school on the days I don't pick up. It's a mile round trip so 5 miles a week is pretty good. But not good enough.

I've joined this challenge: 100 miles in 3 months. Sounds lofty at first but I think it's totally doable! So if I've done my calculations right I need to do 8 miles a week to keep up with my goal. The mornings that I walk to school I just walk around the block and it's just over a 2 mile walk! So it's perfect. Plus I'll have Saturdays if I need to make up any mileage. I'm excited to have this goal to work toward!

Another thing I've been doing is the 200 sit-up App. I did this last year--along with the 100 push-up App--and I felt great! I think I was in a little better ab shape because it wasn't quite as hard as it's been this time around. It's been 3 weeks and I've repeated quite a few days and even went back a whole week today. Doing something is better than doing nothing though, right? I keep telling myself I want to start the push-ups again but I haven't gotten there yet. Maybe in a couple more weeks. I feel like I'm getting a pretty good arm workout holding my fatty baby and pushing 65 pounds of kid/stroller a few times a week.

The last change that I'm making in my life is to decrease the amount of sugar and junk food that we are eating as a family. I can do all the kinds of exercise I want but if I'm not fueling my body smartly then I'm missing a huge part of the puzzle. So I've decided to not have very much sugar. I know it's not smart to cut it out completely, but I just have to say no. Actually I read something the other day that suggested instead of saying no just say, "Not right now." That has totally helped! "Maybe I'll eat it later." And then later never comes! I find myself not wanting it very much anymore. And plus yesterday I watched this: Is Sugar Toxic?

We all know that sugar isn't good for us. It rots our teeth and if you eat too much it give you a stomach ache. It gives you false feelings of energy and then leaves you in the dumps a couple hours later, but I never knew the things in this video. It talks about how sugar fuels cancer cells, leads to heart disease and is as addictive as drugs like cocaine. I for one would like to not be so addicted to something so I'm limiting the sugar that I eat dramatically. The video said the doctors and researchers recommended no more than 100 calories a day for women from sugar so I'm going to try to stick with that. I'm not sure how many grams that translates to so I'm going to do a little research, but I'm pretty sure it's not that much.

I'm hoping that these changes in my life will help me feel healthier, happier and stronger. One last plus is that Elder Richard G. Scott said that when we are healthier we can feel more in tune with the Spirit and I really want that.

Will you join me in getting healthier? Tell me what you are doing!

11 comments:

Sissamom said...

What a great idea! I do better if I focus on one or two things at a time. Right now that is counting my calories and exercising. It's working! Down 8 pounds. I can't help be a little jealous that you have 12 to go. I have at least 60! Oh, well. We all do what we need to, right??? Good luck on your journey!

Julie P said...

I'll just watch you and be a cheerleader.

(ha. I wish.)

I totally don't want to watch that sugar thing, which means I need to. We were doing SO WELL at eating really healthy for a couple months and the last month have just been so busy that I haven't put in the time to PLAN for the healthy meals and snacks. That makes a huge difference for us: planning.

Michele said...

I love your ideas! (As always) I will be with you but maybe not as organized about it until the semester is over. BTW 25 g of sugar a day would be 100 calories (I think). I used the formula carbohydrates have 4 calories/gram.

flip flop mama said...

Thank you Michele. That helps!

flip flop mama said...

Planning is HUGE. And the healthy snacks is where I generally fall short. I'm going to be better at getting more veggies and offering them as snacks for my kids and myself.

flip flop mama said...

Good job! Keep it up!

Emily S. said...

Yea Jamie! You can do it! I should get those apps. I'm good at eating healthy, but I'm terrible at exercise these days. Some of my favorite (and my kids' favorite) snacks are apples dipped in natural peanut butter, and then dipped in rice krispies or granola. We also love cut up veggies dipped in hummus. I always have a counter full of apples and oranges and bananas that anyone can eat anytime. Avocado spread on whole wheat toast is super yummy and filling.

Melissa said...

We've been doing little things over the years to cut back and try to do better. We're not perfect, but we slowly went from 2% milk down to skim. I try to buy cereals that are lower in sugar (not the case in my house at the moment...) and I don't buy pop just to have in the house. We will buy it for special occasions but that's it. My problem is the moving part!! I need to get up and get going!!

Amanda D said...

I think you have great plans! And including your children on your walks is setting an excellent example. Keep it up!

Staceygirl said...

I laughed at the not so great rolling stroller... I could just picture you. Good for you! I also find that the less sugar you eat, the less you crave it. So the "not right now" approach seems like a good one!

Lora said...

As a mom of teens, I now would say that every mom of young children deserves a really good stroller. With the exercise and fresh air benefits for all of you, you should go for it! If the budget won't allow new, maybe you can keep your eyes peeled for used.

Regardless, congrats on your health initiative. You and your family deserve it!