Recently I wrote about the brand new lifestyle challenge that Nike and I have taken on, in an effort to get healthy and lose weight. Sadly, both of us have a few pounds of winter weight to lose, and we could both use a little more physical activity in our life.
It’s not easy, changing your lifestyle and habits, but I’m proud to report we’re making progress. We’ve both lost a couple of pounds and overall, we’re feeling much better. I’d call that a win, wouldn’t you?
If you’re wondering what I’m doing to lose weight and get healthy, let me tell you that it’s all a matter of making a few small changes to my lifestyle. Changes like:
- I’ve cut all soda and sugary drinks out of my diet. Did you know that even diet soda is unhealthy and can cause you to gain weight? It’s mostly due to the outrageous amounts of sodium in them, but I also believe that drinking too much soda prevents you from drinking the water your body so desperately needs. Nowadays that’s the only thing I drink; well, and my morning coffee and an occasional glass of unsweetened iced tea.
- When I eat, I am really mindful of what I’m eating and how much. I try to eat a small snack, around 100 calories, every 3-5 hours. Doing that keeps me from feeling hungry, which keeps me from raiding the pantry looking for whatever I can find to munch on.
- I’ve started walking every single evening, rain or shine, with or without Nike. I’ve found that 30-45 minutes of medium to fast-paced walking gets my heart rate up (cardio, yay!), makes me sweat a little, and is a great way to clear the mind. I keep track of my daily steps using a FitBit, which helps keep me focused and aware of my daily activity.
Speaking of walking with Nike, the added exercise we get from living with a dog is just one of the many ways dogs make humans healthier. Take a look at this adorable infographic to learn about a few more:
See what I mean? There are so many amazing benefits that come from living with a dog, and I’m sure there are so many more than just the ones listed here… like the unconditional love a dog has for her family. That’s a benefit that’s hard to beat, wouldn’t you agree?
Your turn: what do you consider the biggest benefit of living with your dog? Let’s chat about it in a comment below!
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