Happy Wednesday! I hope you all are having a good week, despite the snow and frigid temperatures.
Some of you have become 100% focussed on weight loss during this 8 Week Lifestyle Challenge. If you want to lose weight, I applaud your efforts in trying to do so. However, sometimes when we focus on the numbers on the scale, we lose sight of the bigger picture, feel down on ourselves and then binge eat. I actually recommend not focussing on your weight. It is good to monitor your weight every once in a while (better still to take measurements versus getting on the scale) to determine your progress but it can also lead to frustration and bad choices if you are not meeting your goals. Remember our goal is simply to establish healthier habits, not reach a certain number of pounds lost.
I’ve had a lot of you ask me about apps. If you didn’t catch our blog post on great fitness apps, you can check it out here. I am also including the Top 10 Apps for Healthy Eating. Apps can be helpful in making you more aware about your eating habits and help you make better choices as you try to establish a healthier lifestyle. I tend to favor the ones that act as a simple resource. For example, there’s an app that provides healthy substitutions for ingredients in traditional recipes, and another that helps you recognize and select fresh produce and provides tips for its storage. However, some apps can seem overwhelming, specifically the ones that require you to enter in a lot of information on a daily basis or others that spit out a bunch of numbers and pie charts that make your head spin. Remember to enjoy eating and not make it a science project! The 8 Week Lifestyle Challenge is about learning to eat the right foods, not an exercise in weights and measures. Just take it one step at a time, continue to meet the weekly challenges and you will do just great.