I do well with routine. For those who know the “True Colors” Personality profile, I am a Gold/Green and I find that making specific goals and sticking to a regular schedule are the best way for me to stay healthy and organized. Last year, I committed to creating healthy habits around eating. I used the free Lose It! App on the IPOD touch to record every single thing that I ate and to track my calories. In addition, I used the Wii Fit to check in everyday and track my progress with weight and BMI. Finally, I focused on cooking more and integrating more vegetables into my diet.
With these three strategies, I was able to move from the edge of obesity to the edge of normalcy, 32 pounds of weight loss.
For 2011, a regular schedule is out of the question. We are going to be on the road all year and living in a variety of different circumstances. I am concerned about keeping the healthy habits that I learned last year, while also building new ones (such as brushing and flossing after every meal).
- A much tighter food budget (one of last year’s strategies was to splurge on great food that was also healthy so that I would be encouraged to eat healthy food at home)
- No scale, Wii Fit, or group fitness classes
- a lack of routine or even sense of time that will make it challenging to do something at the same time every day
- limited health insurance coverage — It will be more important than ever to stay healthy, because any trips to the doctor are going to be far more expensive
Strategies for staying healthy on the road:
- Find healthy recipes that can be made on our camping stove or without cooking
- Continue to record my food in the Lose It! app
- Use a measuring tape to take a waist measurement everyday and record it using my IPOD touch
- Start each morning with a routine that is flexible enough to be possible anywhere (stretching, healthy breakfast, brushing & flossing, journaling)