Pandemic Fitness Tips #14

Living a healthy, fit life is about good habits that positively impact your body, your mind and your spirit. When a global pandemic hits and forces us out of our daily routines we have to make some changes and be even more deliberate about taking care of our fitness. I am sharing some of my new fitness habits and they will help you keep your own fitness goals moving in the right direction.

Tip #14: mindless snacking. While you are doing your part to control the pandemic you park yourself in front of the tv and binge watch that new show. You reach for the potato chips and mindlessly finish the whole bag. Boom, you just consumed 1200 calories and didn’t even realize it. That is almost an entire day of calories (and let’s not even talk about the sodium bomb) and it was just a snack! Mindlessly snacking is one of the biggest threats to your fitness and is way easier with a stay-at-home order. Snacking is ok but be mindful about it. Measure out a single portion and leave the bag behind. Better yet, grab some fresh veggies or fruit instead of the processed snacks.

I know life is different right now and almost every one of us is struggling to find our new “normal.” With some good daily habits this new “normal” can still be a fit life. Good luck and get out there and live your best life. Let’s defeat this virus together!

Read all of my Pandemic Fitness Tips in my Operation Melt blog at https://www.operationmelt.com/category/pandemic-fitness-tips/

Pandemic Fitness Tips #13

Living a healthy, fit life is about good habits that positively impact your body, your mind and your spirit. When a global pandemic hits and forces us out of our daily routines we have to make some changes and be even more deliberate about taking care of our fitness. I am sharing some of my new fitness habits and they will help you keep your own fitness goals moving in the right direction.

Tip #13: dry days. If you are like me this time of being stuck at home has led to a bit of an increase in your alcohol consumption. You are home, you are bored and your home is stuck with your favorite alcoholic beverages. Plus many Ohio people are celebrating Wine with DeWine. But drinking multiple alcoholic beverages every day is absolutely NOT healthy and will NOT help you reach your fitness goals. So make sure to choose AT LEAST one day per week to be a dry day and skip the alcoholic beverages that day. Your health will thank you!

I know life is different right now and almost every one of us is struggling to find our new “normal.” With some good daily habits this new “normal” can still be a fit life. Good luck and get out there and live your best life. Let’s defeat this virus together!

Read all of my Pandemic Fitness Tips in my Operation Melt blog at https://www.operationmelt.com/category/pandemic-fitness-tips/

Pandemic Fitness Tips #12

Living a healthy, fit life is about good habits that positively impact your body, your mind and your spirit. When a global pandemic hits and forces us out of our daily routines we have to make some changes and be even more deliberate about taking care of our fitness. I am sharing some of my new fitness habits and they will help you keep your own fitness goals moving in the right direction.

Tip #12: set goals. By setting daily or weekly goals you can motivate yourself to keep going and to keep performing better and better. Just make sure to follow the SMART goal model and make your goals specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound.

Example: I set a goal last week of topping my prior personal record for number of steps traveled in one week. I beat my record by more than 1000 steps and that record was set just 2 weeks ago! I am working hard to stay very active during this strange time when my races are canceled and the gym is closed.

I know life is different right now and almost every one of us is struggling to find our new “normal.” With some good daily habits this new “normal” can still be a fit life. Good luck and get out there and live your best life. Let’s defeat this virus together!

Read all of my Pandemic Fitness Tips in my Operation Melt blog at https://www.operationmelt.com/category/pandemic-fitness-tips/

Best of Operation Melt: Part 5

This was week 145 of my Operation Melt journey that started with my goal to escape obesity and lose over 100 pounds in under a year. Now I am sharing my journey to both keep myself accountable and to help you as you work to crush your own goals.

Best of Operation Melt: Part 5

Just two more weeks of my Best of Operation Melt blog reposts. As I wrote in my end of February post I am taking the season of Lent as a time to rest, reflect, refocus and reinvigorate my Operation Melt blog and related things. So I am not writing any new posts during this time.

Instead of writing new posts I am sharing the Best of Operation Melt. I am looking back at some of my favorite posts from the past 145 weeks. There is some good stuff in some of these old posts and I don’t want them to be lost forever.

For this week’s look-back I am actually sharing a 3-for from July of 2018. Just about one month after celebrating the anniversary of starting my journey I achieved a new milestone and had a bit of a rollercoaster week thanks to vacation eating.

The week started with achieving my revised weight loss goal. As you know my original goal was to lose over 100 pounds in under a year. Once I achieved that goal just nine months in I needed to pivot to focus on something else. So I decided that I wanted to get my weight under 200 pounds for the first time since probably junior high. This would reflect a total weight loss of 125 pounds and seemed super aggressive. It was particularly aggressive as I had started building muscle at the same time.

On July 19 of 2018, just 13 months into my journey, I did it! Read my milestone morning post Milestone: Over 125 Pounds Down & Under 200 Pounds at https://www.operationmelt.com/2018/07/19/milestone-over-125-pounds-down-under-200-pounds/

Later that weekend, right after starting vacation, I further reflected on this milestone and what it meant to me in a bigger picture view. This post included reflecting on all of the ways that I heard my goal was impossible as I worked to crush it. Read Week 57: Believe the Impossible, Achieve the Impossible at https://www.operationmelt.com/2018/07/22/week-57-believe-the-impossible-achieve-the-impossible/

Then some reality set in; life doesn’t always go the way we hope. I was on vacation. I was having a great time but I was also eating a lot, snacking a lot and drinking a lot and frequently missing my daily targets despite ramping up exercise. Read about my vacation week fun and struggles (including a lot of pictures) in Week 58: Vacation Week Challenges at https://www.operationmelt.com/2018/07/29/week-58-vacation-week-challenges/

Just one more week of my Best of Operation Melt posts before I get back to writing new content and next week will be a big one. Next week I will be talking about an accomplishment that made me super emotional and still does when I tell the story. What is it? You’ll just have to check back next week.

I have also started thinking about the next phase of my blog and have some fun ideas up my sleeve. In just a couple of weeks I will start sharing some of that. Between now and then don’t be surprised if you see some changes start creeping into OperationMelt.com.

And don’t forget to check out my daily Pandemic Fitness Tips by following me on social media at @OperationMelt or access them on the Operation Melt Blog at https://www.operationmelt.com/category/pandemic-fitness-tips/

Throughout this rough time I plan to continue looking for every opportunity to help myself and stay positive and healthy. Hopefully this leadership helps others get through this time as happy, healthy and productive as possible.

Pandemic Fitness Tips #11

Living a healthy, fit life is about good habits that positively impact your body, your mind and your spirit. When a global pandemic hits and forces us out of our daily routines we have to make some changes and be even more deliberate about taking care of our fitness. I am sharing some of my new fitness habits and they will help you keep your own fitness goals moving in the right direction.

Tip #11: sleep well. Sleep is a critical part of good health and fitness. Make sure you are getting plenty and high-quality sleep during this strange time. Maybe even reinvest your lack of morning commute into a little more sleep. Nothing beats waking up fully recovered and rejuvenated!

I know life is different right now and almost every one of us is struggling to find our new “normal.” With some good daily habits this new “normal” can still be a fit life. Good luck and get out there and live your best life. Let’s defeat this virus together!

Read all of my Pandemic Fitness Tips in my Operation Melt blog at https://www.operationmelt.com/category/pandemic-fitness-tips/