Guilty, guilty, guilty! Eating too many snacks, drinking too many alcoholic beverages, skipping workouts, and just plain ole overeating due to boredom. The pandemic has lasted so long that old unhealthy habits went from being occasional to an unhealthy and hard-to-break habit. These habits have caused many of us to pick up some dreaded “pandemic pounds”.
Now don’t get me wrong, it's normal to add a few pounds here and there throughout the year or even as we age. However, in a perfect world, we can lose those few pounds just by making some simple adjustments to our daily routine which usually results in us being able to control our weight fluctuating. We continued to work out during the pandemic by re-inventing our garage space into a home gym, purchased a Rogue and Peloton bike, and still ate the same foods that you guys see in our meal prep videos. Unfortunately, you can’t out-train a bad diet. As direct a result of our inconsistent nutrition and extended more sedentary lifestyle WE GAINED UNWANTED WEIGHT! The new normal of working from home gave us a level of comfortability that formed an atmosphere for us to overindulge in ordinarily occasional behaviors. It's time for a reset!
We have committed to a 30-day reset about 2 weeks ago and together we are down 12lbs total. What is a reset? A reset means that we will focus on eating clean and only consuming more whole nutritious food. We will not have any cheats which include, unhealthy snacks, alcohol, or overeating due to boredom. A reset allows you to reestablish healthy nutritional habits. After a period, days, the cravings for junk subsides. From time to time a reset is needed to help you to get back on the right path and you’ll notice that in the process you’ll feel better also.
Here are a few tips to remember and to help your reset be successful:
Age matters. Understand that as we age, our bodies change. It may be easier to gain weight and harder to lose it than it. Men and women are different due to their biological makeup. So be realistic about what your weight loss goal should be and the type of activity you should do to meet your goals and stay consistent.
Plan your meals and cook at home. Plan your meals a few days in advance to avoid having to make split-second decisions that lead to poor choices. Learn to cook healthier versions of your favorite dishes. Season your food to your liking so that you enjoy it. Remember your food doesn’t have to be bland.
Monitor your calories. Utilize a nutrition tracker or journal like MyfitnessPal to log and track your food to hold yourself accountable for your diet. It’s important to understand how many calories you are taking in so that you can know how much you need to cut back to lose weight.
Remember a healthy lifestyle is a journey and we will have setbacks along the way. Don’t beat yourself up for falling off the wagon just get back up, dust yourself off, and get back on track. Restart as many times as you need to; just don‘t give up!!