Getting Healthy Series

As a New Year’s resolution, in preparation for swimsuit season, or for whatever reason, you’ve decided to make some changes to implement a healthier lifestyle. As part of the Getting Healthy Series, we’ll look at the following subjects in detail:

  • Health Basics – Learn about the basics of getting healthy, including diet and exercise essentials.
  • Setting Goals – Determine your health goals to create and execute a plan.
  • Tools & Equipment – Consider the various options for meal and activity planning and tracking.
WARNING: You should always consult a doctor before making changes to your diet or activity level. The goal is to get healthy but not to damage your body.

Health Basics

Whether you are new to dieting and exercise, or are a seasoned veteran, you should review the following articles about the basics of a healthy lifestyle:

  • Calories and Losing Weight – Learn about the role that calories play in weight loss and maintaining a healthy body. (Published January 2016)
  • Understanding Proteins, Fats, and Carbohydrates – This nutritional trio needs to be balanced to keep your body in top condition. (To be published January 2016)
  • Getting and Staying Motivated – To create good habits for a healthy lifestyle, you need to get and stay motivated.
  • Organize Your Food System – Get rid of the stuff you don’t need and organize the things that you need to prepare your meals.
  • Learn to Cook Like a Chef – By learning to cook, you can control the ingredients of your meals and cook restaurant-quality meals at home. (Published May 2016)

Setting Goals

If you decide that you want to lead a healthier lifestyle, you need to determine what that means, set goals, and plan how you will execute those goals.

  • Setting SMART Goals – Make specific goals that are attainable. (Published January 2016)
  • Planning Your Meals – Plan your meals (and leftovers) for the week to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle.
    • Organize Your Recipes Online – You can plan and cook your meals for the week more easily if you first organize your recipes. (Published June 2016)
  • Planning Your Exercise – Decide where you will work out, remove all obstacles, and make a weekly plan.

Tools & Equipment

There are many weight loss tools and trackers available online or on your mobile device. There is also a lot of fitness equipment available. To decide what tools and equipment that you need, review the following articles:

  • Tracking Your Meals – Use online meal trackers to plan your meals, create shopping lists, and keep track of your Calorie consumption.
  • Tracking Your Exercise – Use gadgets and activity trackers to keep track of your progress and the number of Calories you have burned.
  • Being Accountable for Your Health – Use social tools for competition with your friends, and to keep you from giving up.
  • Organizing Your Workout Space – Depending on your circumstances, your workout space might consist of a Wii or XBox in your family room all the way up to a full basement gym.

The Whole30 Experience

In Q1 2017, I started a plan to determine what foods are healthy for me and which are not. To learn more about my experience with the Whole30 plan, see My Whole30 Experience. (Published February 2017)

Author: Steph

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