This is my Healthy Habits 2 part series – read part 1 here.
Like many people, I struggled to lose weight after I turned forty. I would lose three pounds, then gain five, lose two, then gain one. I knew if I was going to break the cycle, I had to make changes – and not just any changes. Whatever I decided to do needed to be both systemic enough to make a difference as well as simple enough to be sustainable. In part 1 here, I share how I changed what (and more recently when) I ate. In part 2 below, I share my other healthy habits.
My doctor has been telling me for years that I need to drink more water. I am often not very thirsty, so this is usually a challenge for me – especially in the colder winter months. I strive to drink two liters of sparkling water using this. When I find that it’s too cold for me to consider that, I switch to hot water with a touch of honey and lemon, which I can drink at a more reasonable pace in colder weather. I also mix in a few unsweetened, flavored sparkling drink options, like LaCroix, to help keep me going.
This was one of the biggest changes I made, and now that I have, I don’t miss it one bit. I cut out the midweek glass of wine with dinner, the “just because”
This has helped me enjoy and savor the beverage I am having, and it has certainly cut some empty calories out as well! I do have some recipes that require a cup of wine or so – I used to open the entire bottle and then I would just “have” to drink the rest! Now, I try to keep some high-quality wine cans on hand – I use what I need in the recipe and then I do allow myself the remaining (usually few) sips.
This last one may seem a little counter-intuitive, but so far, it’s worked. Now, I’m not
This is Healthy Habits 2. Want to learn more? Read part 1 here.
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