“Whatever Thursday?” I know I’m a day late, but I sat down to type up the post last night and was falling asleep. I wanted to make sure I was coherent enough to write something so I called it a night. Better late than never.

So this week I got overwhelming feedback on the type of posts you’d like to read or questions you’d like me to answer and decided that I’d do a small FAQ post. Hope you don’t mind.

How do you stop yourself from snowballing when you have eaten something you’re not suppose to?

I obviously try not to have many slip ups but I’m only human and I’m a sucker for sweets. I immediately feel guilty after having it so it makes it easier to just make better choices for the rest of the day. It’s easier to just say no and walk away from it then eat it and then have to work harder at the gym to save the progress you have made.

What kind of snacks do you eat?

I keep it pretty basic. String cheese, almonds, sunflower seeds, and hard boiled eggs. I’ve been trying to cut down on the peanut butter because it’s so damn good sometimes I’ll have too much. I also need to have more veggies as snacks so I’ve been packing celery sticks and cherry tomatoes in my lunch bag.

What new routines or habits have you established since you started your health journey?

Making it a priority to go to the gym has been one of the main routines that I’ve established. I pack my gym bag every morning and take it with me to work because I know that if I head home first I might get too comfortable and be tempted to skip the gym.

Going to bed at a reasonable time and getting enough sleep has been a big change. I used to be somewhat of a night owl and had a hard time falling asleep at night, but I find myself to be more of a productive early bird now so I go to sleep early and wake up early.

Other small changes that I’ve found myself doing are, taking the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator anywhere I go, or heading straight to the back or far end of the parking lot.

What do you do in social situations when there is a lot of drinking and unhealthy eating going on?

If there’s drinking going on and we’re going out to the bar then I usually designated myself as the driver. Also I’ve learned that I can’t hold my alcohol as much as I used to, so that really turns me away from it because I don’t wanna be the “lightweight.” As far as eating goes, if your going out then eat before you head out or look up the menu at the place where you’re heading to and plan accordingly. Know what you want to order before you get there. If you’re going out to a barbecue, take a side dish of something you can eat.

-Letty

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