Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you’re having a wonderful day celebrating with your sweetheart. Did you know that, in moderation, dark chocolate actually has quite a few health benefits? So enjoy…a little bit.
How did you do with last week's challenges? I'm pretty sure I hit my step goal every day except Saturday, which is my off-day as far as workouts go.
I’m getting better at splitting up my calories, but I’m not totally there yet. I think I have figured out the spread I need to make it work, it’s just a matter of planning for it. So, are you ready for this week's challenges?
1. When meal planning this week make it a goal to include a healthy protein and a complex carb with each meal or snack. Many studies have shown that this combination helps you stay fuller longer, which keeps your calories down. The complex carbs tend to be your fresh fruits and veggies and whole grains.
Some of my favorite proteins -- for snacks, at least -- are boiled eggs, string cheese, peanut butter, and my low-fat dip made with Greek yogurt. My current favorite combo is natural peanut butter (the only ingredient is peanuts, no sugar) on whole wheat toast with an orange. Yum! What are some of your favorites?
2. Post encouraging messages in prominent places in your house. Let's face it: losing weight is a challenge and there are days when you need a reminder of what you're doing and why. So, whatever it is that encourages you -- a Bible verse, a quote, Yoda wisdom -- post it where you'll see it throughout the day. I have two of my pastor’s quotes in my kitchen currently, and some from Made to Crave jotted down here and there.
Some location ideas include: the bathroom mirror, the fridge door, the treadmill screen, the laundry closet. What messages encourage you and where do you post them?