Are you a sweet or savory snacker? What do you look for in a healthy snack?
I am both, it just depends on what I am craving. This week I was actually a lot better about finding healthy snacks. I looked for something nutritious. I did some wheat thin crackers with roasted red pepper hummus, cottage cheese, string cheese, apple slices with a little peanut butter, air popped popcorn, veggie slices, whole grain wrap spread with nutella and sprinkled with dried fruit, or a handful of nuts. Some of these are less calories, while some might have more calories, but may be more nutritious. I really try to stay away from the snacks that say they are low calorie or low fat but are really junk food like the prepackaged cookies. I find these things just make me want more junk food and really do not have anything nutrious about them so why both eating them. I have been reading a book called 21 Day Weight Loss Kickstart that talks about the benefits of being Vegan. While I do not know if I can really do that, I have found some great ideas and recipes and will be trying to eat a lot less animal products. I am going to limit the cheeses and meats, and get more protein through beans and veggies. I will be having a giveaway for the book probably later today(If I have time to get it posted) if you are interested stop back later or tomorrow.
I did a lot better with the snacking this week than I did last week. I tried to stay busier and found I was a lot better. The one day I was not too busy I ended up munching too much. So my goal for this week is to continue to stay busy and not overeat. Last Monday I was really upset with myself because I was so bad the week before. I have been on a rollercoaster with my eating. The week before I had lost two pounds, then I didnt weigh myself last Monday, but did it Tuesday and was up I think three pounds. This week I am back to the same weight I was two weeks ago, so I lost that three pounds.
Monday I exercised, even though Monday are my rest days. The last time I lost a lot of weight(before getting pregnant) I was using the Wii alot. So I have been wanting to add in more Wii fit hula hooping, as I can feel this a lot working my core. So Monday night after exercising I got out my calendar and scheduled all my workouts....for a month! I thought about my routine and what works best. I scheduled in some workouts for everyday, because I figured I would probably miss one somewhere. Which I did as we had company over Saturday night so I didnt get that workout in. I am trying to do the Wii fit hula hoop every morning to get me going. Then I am trying to do some sort of walking while Kennedy is at school M-W-F, Then I scheduled my typical workouts everynight at 7pm. I am doing the New Mommy Makeover dvd three days, the Wii two days and the Gorgeous Core dvd I won from mamavation two days. The regular workouts are just 30 minutes. The walking and Wii workouts I am aiming for at least 30 minutes. The Gorgeous core are short, like the Wii hula hoop, and are about 10 minutes. I figure even though some may be short they get me moving and it adds up. This week I totalled 240 minutes of exercise out of my goal 290 minutes. I lost 50 minutes because I skipped the 30 minute workout on Saturday, and skipped two of my morning 10 minute hula hoops(blaming on the baby being up too much that I was just wiped out). This week I am going to do them even if I am tired, cause I gotta listen to my Mamavation leader Leah who says that exercise gives you energy!
I have been using a lot of my Mamavation prizes I have won this week too! I already said I started using the Gorgeous core dvd I won. I am also wearing my Earth Footwear exerwalks while I do my walking. I got my Hydracoach this week and have been using that. I always thought I drank a lot and now realize that indeed I do. I have the hydracoach goal set for 100oz of water. I have gone over that everyday, plus have sometimes had other things to drink too. It is pretty cool though and I will love it for busier days like today while I am out. It will be a good reminder to drink water while I am not at home.
This week I will be starting the phase 3 dvd of the New Mommy Makeover program. I finally got some heavier weights to be using with the dvds so hopefully I will start showing some more toned arms. I can definitely tell a difference using them. I will do my weigh in and measurements Thursday. I think I will see some results as I can fit into jeans again! I am going to do my best with eating this next four weeks, as I will be finishing up these dvds. Easter I will be visiting my family and want to look better. I think I will most likely be using the New Mommy Makeover dvds even after because I just love the routines! It will be an easy thing to pack with me while I go visit my family. Maybe I can get my sister to workout with me and see how she likes it. I really think it can be workouts for anyone, not just new moms!
Disclosure: This Mamavation post is sponsored by Orville Redenbacher in hopes to win a prize. Many items I mentioned in this post I have won through contests ran by Mamavation. The New Mommy Makeover dvds were provided free for review(not through Mamavation). These are my personal opinions.