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      Dana Potocki: My course of action

      My Course of Action

      This past Wednesday was my fifth weigh in already! This time has flown by for me. I am happy to say all but one of those weeks was what I call â??successfulâ??. Good times.

      It is funny how we can have horrible habits, and know it and do nothing to change them day after day, week after week, then once we get it in our head that we want to change it, it doesnâ??t seem like it is happening fast enough! I remember counting the weeks since I had quit smoking and feeling like â??oh â?? Iâ??m only 6 weeks out? Feels like a year.â??. We are so silly sometimes, and really â?? when are we going to give ourselves a break already?

      Anyway, I wanted to kind of go over what Iâ??ve been doing and a few things that I have found work well, and maybe not so well for me. First, of course, I am representing Weight Watchers on this journey. I canâ??t say enough how much I have enjoyed this program. They keep things simple, and more importantly, do-able. It isnâ??t eating weird food, or expensive food. It is simply eating real food but making sure you are eating a reasonable portion. Thatâ??s it! The meetings have been encouraging and informative. Each week we have a lot of discussions about how weâ??ve been doing, tips we have found, and maybe some road blocks that weâ??ve encountered.

      A good eating plan is the foundation of getting healthy, and Iâ??ve also been working on building a few more corners in my â??Healthy Houseâ??. First is starting some new healthy habits. One huge part of getting healthy for me is drinking my water. Bleck. I never drank water before unless it was in my coffee â?? I just couldnâ??t get myself to drink it. A few weeks back I broke down and got the Weight Watchers water mug. Of course any mug will do, but I really like the design of this one, and more importantly it has how many ounces on the side. There are conflicted reports on how much you are supposed to drink, so to start I just made sure to get one mug in a day, and once I hit that mark, I could drink some diet pop. Slowly I have got to the point that Iâ??m drinking about 3-5 of them a day. And, I have found that the more I drink, the more I want. Water also is great at curbing phantom hunger. Drinking water is a great way to flush out your system and keep everything lubed up. Besides how else are you going to swallow the big vitamins?

      Speaking of which, that is another thing I have made sure to be diligent on â?? taking vitamins and supplements. If nothing else, make sure you are taking a good multivitamin! Now I have done a ton of research on all the different vitamins and supplements you can take, and I decided on a few different ones. First, I take my multivitamin, but I cut it in half and have one half after breakfast and the other half sometime in the afternoon. Also, in the morning I take an Enzymatic Probiotic for good gut health. Fish Oil, or a good Omega 3 Fatty Acid has a multitude of benefits from cancer fighting properties to assisting with weight loss. Vitamin B Complex is a great additive to any weight loss plan with its metabolic benefits. Lastly, I have incorporated Cinnamon for its ability to metabolize sugar and fat more quickly.

      One other thing that I have incorporated is a fitness regimen that is constantly a work in progress. As I have mentioned in prior blogs, I am utilizing the Couch 2 5K running plan. I have messed around with lifting weights and such but I really have no business doing it because I havenâ??t a clue what I am doing. Starting tomorrow I am going to do a Jillian Michaels workout DVD in the morning then hit the Y in the afternoon for my run â?? it is time to ramp up this program!

      Do you take vitamins or supplements? What are some small changes you have been able to incorporate into your journey to healthy living?