The year 2020 has been quite overwhelming and unexpected to say the least. Who would have thought that wearing masks would become a new fashion statement? So much for wearing lipstick. (hahaha)
With so many changes tis past year has brought who would have thought weight gain would come along with it? Ever hear about “Freshman 15?” That’s the belief that most college freshman gain 15 pounds the first year of college. Well according to muhealth.org there is a new phrase, “Quarantine 19
Yes this is a real thing, I didn’t believe it until I went to my doctor recently and the scale showed that I had gained 15 pounds! 😮 OH NO! I worked hard to lose 85 pounds two years ago and have managed to keep it off and I definitely do not want to gain it back.
So if you think you were alone in putting on the pounds think again, cause we are apart of a big group of covid weight gainers LOL. But hope is not lost, because we can stop this trend. You have already taken the first step by recognizing there is a problem. The pandemic brought with it a lot of unexpected rapid changes that most us where not ready for. Working fromWhome, getting laid off, homeschooling causing all kinds of stress. Along with worrying about getting some mysterious disease that come out of nowhere and hit us like a ton of bricks. Unwanted changes of routines, mindless eating, lack of sleep, working from home are all contributing factors for unwanted weight gain.
“Although We May Not Have Control of the Pandemic, We Do Have Control of What We Put In Our Mouth and Our Activity”
Getting Off the Pounds
- Mindful Eating
- Proper Rest
- Making time for activity
Mindful eating means being focused on why and how much you are eating. Plan your meals ahead if possible. One thing that really helps me control my eating is “meal prep.” You can do this weekly or whatever time period suits you. What I do is decide what meals I want to eat during the week and then I pick on day and cook all the meals put them in containers and I’m done. If I cook for more than one week I actually put the containers in the freezer so I have my own frozen dinners. When I get ready to eat I just take one out and pop it in the microwave. All it takes is just one day dedicated to cooking and then I’m free to focus on other things and I know that I’m eating healthy . I had gotten away from that over this past year and it shows.
Activity. What can I say exercise is self explanatory because we all know that we must do it to burn calories and keep weight down. The difficulty in my opinion is having the discipline to just do it. 🚶♀️🏊♂️🏋️♂️🚴♀️🏌️♂️ The hardest part is making that first start. It doesn’t have to been anything strenuous you can start with just going up the steps a couple times or maybe do 10 jumping jacks, or if it is a nice day take a walk around the block. Just move! Did you know that three 10 minute sessions are just as good as one 30 minute workout session? When you wake up in morning just ask yourself, “What can I do to be a little more active today?”
Let’s do this together, you are not alone in the struggle girl LOL. I’m going now it’s a beautiful day outside so I’m going to take a walk. Please reply and let know what changes you are making to lose those pandemic pounds and keep me posted of your progress. Pictures are welcome. I will also keep you posted in future posts on my progress. Let’s be accountable to each other it works! Talk to you soon 👋