Week 1 – Lifestyle Change 3/10/2021

We all have to start somewhere!

Most of us already have a routine, but how many of you have already tried many different life style changes only to be disappointed at what it really offers you in the long run? Where has it gotten you? What has it done for you? Life Style changes can be a really big hassle at times, they can also lead to other issues.

Welcome to my journey. I am finally going to follow a routine, catalog it weekly, and share it with you. What do I hope to get out of this? Peace of mind, comfort, knowing I still have the ability to make good choices and stick with the things I am so passionate about. I am also hoping you will be able to get some ideas and use these to your advantage in living a heartier lifestyle.

When I was younger, I didn’t have to worry much about losing weight. I was tall and slim with long legs and a fit body that allowed me to do just about anything my heart desired (ski, basketball, softball, field hockey, cross country, cross country ski, downhill ski, run, swim, bike, roller skate, roller blade, ice skate, mountain climb). You name it, I did it. Now, I would be surprised if I could even run around the block without losing my breath.


First things first. You have to be all on board.

Every weekly post will have something about the previous week so you can follow along if you’d like or just read about some of the things that might help you start your own plan and/or help you through your existing plan.

Are you ready!

#1 – Commitment

Whose on board with you – family, friends, supporters. Get them if you need them. I thought I was ready for this. I had vegan brownies in a container from days before I decided to start. What do I do with the brownies? Do I use them in part of my plan? Oh, no!!! I have to commit to starting this thing with the right mindset. What is the right mindset? Well, let’s see again, commitment! I’ve committed to one year of a paid program to help me lose weight. Then, I’ll have to use what I’ve learned and either do it on my own or look for a less expensive gym to continue to work out in. I’m just going to have to see what it brings me a year from. now. I always say, “It’s taken me 25 years to put on the weight, what is one year of commitment to taking it off!”

#2 – Organization:

What’s in your pantry? Make sure you have the right tools. Check out my Pampered Chef site for some ideas of what you want to use to cook with. What’s going to make you happy and also be helpful to allow you to succeed through this endeavor. My favorites are spatulas, scrapers, bar pans, bamboo utensils, shears, and mixing bowls. We’ll talk about flavor, flavor, and more flavor in the next few weeks. I’ve got some great things in my mind to share with you and I am so exciting!! Also, check out my e-book on Cabinet Organization (you can find it at the bottom of the website).

#3 – Food Shopping. Oh my!!

What’s on your grocery list?

I was given a meal plan to follow. The hardest part is figuring out what to substitute for everything that is dairy and grains. I haven’t eaten pasteurized milk products for about two years now. We switched over from cow’s milk to Almond milk for a healthy alternative. I also just started looking for plant based cheeses in order to give up cow and goat milk cheeses. Again, for a healthier alternative. I’ve actually really surprised myself with my great cheese finds. Last week I tried my taste at a plant based Cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Mozzarella. I haven’t tried the mozzarella yet, but intend to this weekend. Jackpot! I found a plant-based French-style cheese made by Treeline. Whoop, there it is! It has a cashew base, no sugar and 3g of carbohydrates to every 1 oz serving. Best thing of all is, I can shop for these products through my online shopping annuity, directly from Walmart.

Week One (March 10, 2021)

I went to the gym last Thursday to try a new approach. It’s a smaller gym than I am used to. I have been a supporter of the YMCA for many years, but I’m just not ready to work in an open environment with so many other people around. I found a small gym. There are four of us working out in a separated COVID safe section of the facility, while two to four others are working out in another part of the facility. Yes, only up to eight people in the studio at a time. It is a COVID safe environment and I feel most comfortable working out there.

On Saturday I went back. I was pleasantly surprise that my body didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would. I’m not going to give you a step by step replay of what I actually did for exercising. However, I will give you some ideas of what I did so you can get an idea of some of the things you might be able to do to help you throughout your week. Once I signed on, I knew I was committed. Let me just say this, it’s two days a week, with a rotation of different exercises for 30 minutes (more to come). I will have to commit to at least two days of home exercise and may share this part of my routine with you through Facebook live. If you haven’t already, please connect to my Facebook page Chef LisaG’s Food4Thought and Health.

So, what are you going to do first?

Join a gym? Work out on your own? Walk a mile? Start small, then go big?

Start a grocery list. Think about Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner.

I use and APP called ShopList. If you have something different that works for you, please share it by making a comment.

In the interim, if you are a paper person, use this form:

Next post…. we will share and compare shopping lists and talk about the LoseIt App.

Credits: Vertex42.com (shopping list)

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