Cathrine’s Corner: Small Changes Make All the Difference in May
Editor’s note: Cathrine Shinn in 2017 lost 100 pounds using Diet-to-Go. We’re following her story through 2018 as she continues to lose weight and get healthy. If Cathrine can do it, so can you!
Current weight: 222
May Goal: 219
Overall Goal: 171
Pounds Lost Since Jan. 1, 2018: 9
It’s the little things…
Back to a pound a week! My greatest learnings this month are the mental and physical challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and how small changes can make a difference. I really focused this month on sticking to three meals and three snacks a day. My meals are simple because I know the calories and nutrition in each Diet-to-Go meal.
Modifications make all the difference…
I also realized that I’d started to estimate portions, rather than measuring and weighing items I prepare on my own. As I continue to lose, some of my go-to snacks needed to be modified as the number of calories I need continues to shrink.
One of my favorite snacks is hummus and vegetables. To lower the calories and maintain the protein in this snack, I mix my favorite hummus with plain Greek yogurt.
Instead of eating my hummus with carrots, I choose celery or cucumber. This cuts 25 calories out of my snack and is an example of a small change that made a difference.
Sweet tooth substitutions…
Another habit I’d gotten away from was having something ready to satisfy my significant sweet tooth. Last summer, my refrigerator was never without cut watermelon or cantaloupe. Having those ready to go kept me from reaching for something packed with processed sugar and little nutritional value. These have made their way back to my refrigerator.
Triumph at the gym…
The final change I made this month was to my workouts. I continue to get in 35-45 minutes of cardio exercise a day, Monday through Friday, and add 30 minutes of weights two of those days. I changed my weekend workouts to 60 minutes of cardio with at least 20 minutes of weights.
Each time I start that 60-minute cardio workout, I am not convinced I can do it. When I do, I feel absolutely amazingly accomplished and incredibly strong. It has become as much a mental as physical challenge.
*Weight loss results may vary. Results not guaranteed.
Author: Caitlin Hendee
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.