Good or bad, everyone has habits. Dawn Richards, facilitator of the Southern Ohio Medical Center’s ‘Lose and Win For Life’ class nine-week class series, was on a mission to encourage the good in the ‘Healthy Habits’ class held at the Portsmouth Public Library (PPL) on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Becky Schultz, of Wheelersburg, has been attending the Lose and Win For Life classes facilitated by Richards. Schultz deems the classes as extremely valuable.
“Overall, I think the classes are great and I wish that more people would have taken advantage of it,” Schultz said. “And all of the resources that she has, and is so motivational and knowledgeable about everything. The Weekly Menu Planner class was one that I really liked. The information she gave us, the meal preparation and all of that has been a tremendous help for me. All of the information that she gives us on opportunities throughout the community that encourage you to be more active, or eating more healthy, like the Farmer’s Market, and shopping. It is just so much information. I just think that the classes are really valuable, I have really been enjoying them. I think they are great.”
Healthy Habits include an abbreviated listing of the following strategies, according to Richards:
“Think before you eat. Ask yourself, ‘Am I really hungry? Do I really need that dessert, second helping, or snack?” Do I even want it?’” Richards said.
Keep a journal. Record everything that you eat and log your activity.
Plan ahead. What will you do if faced with challenging situations? Have a plan in place so you’ll be less tempted to eat that extra serving or skip your workout.
Anticipate feelings. Think about how you will feel if you miss your workout. Think about how good you will feel after you have exercised.
Create a healthy environment. Make sure your home and work environments are healthy to help you reach your goals.
Richards said the ‘Healthy Habits’ class is in essence the crux of it all as it pertains to adopting an overall healthy lifestyle.
“My motivation comes from trying to practice what I teach,” Richards said. “We talk a lot about habits in general throughout the whole program, but this week was specifically about “your habits” to start there. I can talk about all of the different aspects, but helping people bring it home. What are your opportunities? We can all cook better. We can all drink more water. We can all move more. But what do you do? What’s your fluid that you put into your mouth. Is it Mountain Dew? Is it Energy drinks? This is about you, and your daily habits. Don’t self-sabotage, but set some goals, and implement the healthy habits that we discuss in Lose and Win.”
Week six of the nine week series of the Lose and Win For Life will convene at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the lower level PPL.
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