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On the backstretch - Week 5

Primary Care Network Instructors – Hailey & Jonah

My Way to Health – 8 Week Program

Week 5 – Dave – 6’4” 295.6 lbs.

Week 5 is now in the rear-view mirror, as we continued to check in on the guidelines of the previous 4 weeks. Although I continue to complete the food journaling and have adjusted the number of vegetables I eat, I have come to the realization that upping the exercise component and eliminating some of the chips and sweets would probably have a more impactful change on my overall body size. In other words, writing about it, or reading about it doesn’t make it happen; you must put in the work to reap the rewards.

In week four the concepts, of creating balance in your life, making healthy meals at home, and inviting someone to go with you for a walk to the gym etc... Although these are all great concepts which I wholeheartedly endorse, other than the making healthy meals part I did not have the time this week to balance my life or go for walks. Taking out the garden, putting the furniture on the deck away and doing other winterization tasks around the house required much of my time, but come to think of it, would that count as the exercise component?

Week 5 introduced the following new challenges.

1) Make choices that prioritize your health. Remember that your health is not just your physical health, which is obviously important, but also your mental/emotional health that is just as critical to your overall health.

2) Get outside. Fresh air and sunshine are every bit as important to us as they are to plants, so get outside and enjoy the day. Go for a walk, play with your kids/grandkids or your dog if you have one. You will often find that being outside enhances any exercise you may do doing, whether it’s golfing with friends, playing slo-pitch softball or fishing.

3) Shop for healthy foods. A key component to shopping for healthy foods involves looking for the nutritional information which includes the serving size and the ingredients list which is currently listed in the size of the ingredient components in decreasing size.

The new proposed ingredients list will force manufacturers to group "like" ingredients together to give the consumers a true picture of the contents of the product they are buying.





Web and App: My Fitness Pal

Web and App: EaTracker

Below is the link to the Primary Care Network which has numerous resources available to assist you in your healthy lifestyle choices both emotionally and physically. Red Deer PCN – Red Deer Primary Care Network.

See you next week with a week 6 update.


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