At the end of last year I decided that in 2014 I would become more healthy. While I would like to lose a couple of pounds, that was not the reason for why I made this decision, it was because I felt that our Family could eat Healthier and that I could become more active.
I sit at my computer or desk a lot of the day. When I was working outside the home I was on my feet much more. Running to meetings etc. Ever since I started working from home I have noticed that my activity level has become almost non existent. In the summer when my son is off from school, we as a family are more active. In the winter I sit at my desk, work and hibernate. Who wants to go out in the cold. This morning with wind chill the temperature outside was -30 Celsius. I am not walking to drop off or pick up my son from school when it is this cold, nor am I walking the dog in these temperatures.
What have I started for this upcoming year to be more healthy? Well I am tracking what I eat more closely, and I am tracking my activity. To help organize myself I created some tracking sheets so that I can plan ahead, track what I am eating and track how active I have been.
I know there are a ton of apps out there to track your progress etc, but for me to see it on paper helps me feel more in control. I don't like typing my progress into a spreadsheet, or into an app, I want to write it down on paper with my trusty pen. This may not be the best approach for some people, but for me this will help keep me on track.
First I made a Meal Tracker. Every week when I am creating the Meal Plan for the week, I created a weeks worth of Meals for myself as well. Basically I eat everything else the family is eating, cuz I am not a short order cook, so everyone eats the same main meals. What is different for myself is the snacks I will eat. While my son may eat a yogurt, I will may have an apple with peanut butter. Every morning I look at my meal tracker and make sure I am staying on track. I will also set a Goal for the day. This could be as simple as make sure you eat your breakfast today before 10am (I always eat my breakfast late)
There are many different apps out there to track your calories and they do work well, but for me I need to see it on paper. After I eat each meal, I write down the calorie count, the fat, Protein and fiber. This helps me keep an eye on how much I have eaten that day.
Last but not least, I am tracking my progress. I want to make sure I am losing inches and weight, so I will be tracking both. Some will only be interested in the weight, but I also want to make sure that I am losing inches. This tracker allows me to keep an eye on my weight as well as those inches which are just going to melt off of me. A girl can dream right?