Developing healthy habits after years of unhealthy ones is daunting to say the least. I grew up in New Orleans. Where our motto is “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”, which is a Cajun expression meaning “Let the good times roll!” It strongly conveys the “joie de vivre” (“joy of living”) attitude that pervades south Louisiana. New Orleanians are said not to “eat to live”. We “live to eat”! We love rich foods. We love stuff drowned in sauces. We love spicy dishes and anything deep fried as a side item. Our portions are BIG. And our waistlines show it! We love to eat. We love to drink. We love to have a good time and live for the moment.
But the healthier lifestyle that I have embarked upon has been a challenge. I’ve cut out a lot red meat. I eat more chicken and fish now. More salads. Which is hard when your family orders a supreme pizza! I love me some strawberries and yogurt, bowls full of mixed vegetables, bananas, sliced tomatoes as a late night snack. But miss “rich” foods.
To add to all of this frustration? My weight seems to be stable. All the water. All the vegetables. All the fruits. All the walking. The early mornings with the trainer and the sore core and limbs that follow afterwards. I want to cry when I see that the scale won’t seem to budge.
I know sleep and stress has a lot to do with weight loss. Try as I might, lately I’ve not been able to get more than a few hours of sleep a night. I work late into the night on the computer many nights. All the events I shoot, the editing and article writing doesn’t do itself. That adds to my stress levels. I’m used to taking care of everybody else. I’m not used to taking care of me. And I’m beginning to view taking care of me as another job!
But I’m gonna keep keeping on. I’ve gotten a ton of support from friends, family, and even strangers who read Capital Living on a regular basis. I feel that my eventual success will be their success as well. Your feedback and support means more than you know!
One thing I have found effective is technology. My old iPod Classic with a TON of 80s music that motivate me while on a walk or at the gym; my smartphone keeps track of my steps, my caloric intake and even my pulse. I’ve found a few apps that I really, really like. I started using MapMyWalk, which you can use on your smartphone or on your computer. I like the way it uses GPS technology to keep track of not only my route, but the mileage, the calories burned, the average minutes per mile and even the elevation levels along the route! That especially, I thought was cool! I also use MyFitnessPal. This keeps me accountable for everything that goes past my lips. You have to be honest with yourself when you use this app though. It’s too easy to say, “I’ll just take a little bite of this…” When you’re being held accountable, every bite counts! But, I use the two apps together and add my walks to the daily log. My next investment is going to be something like a FitBit though. It syncs with my smartphone via Bluetooth technology and keeps track of movement, steps and even sleep habits.
I’m thinking about doing an article on health apps. What apps do you use? What healthy recipes can you share? Use the form below to submit your ideas, recipes and favorite apps. Thank you and keep on the Road to Wellness!
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