How many times have you said to yourself “I’ll start tomorrow” or “this is the last one” or “just one more” I have done this more times than I can count! We are focused on finding the right diet instead of focusing on changing the way we do things. Here are a few quick tips to help you get started, stay motivated and keep on track…not for the duration of a short diet, but for life.
Write it Down: Figure out your goals; Whether you want to feel healthier, look better, lose weight, gain muscle, or any other goal you may have; figure out what is important to you and either write it down, or type it in a blog or online journal.
Gradual Change: It is hard to give up everything we love on a set date, so take baby steps. Try giving up one bad thing each week, and replacing it with one good thing. Instead of grabbing a cheeseburger every day, try every other day, and try replacing them with healthy alternatives, or if you must have that snickers bar, make sure to stay at the gym a little longer that day. You don’t have to completely give up the foods you love to get healthy.
Moderation is Key: Remember to check out your portion sizes. You will find that all too often you keep eating when you are full because it tastes so good! Just remember, you can still enjoy the tastes, but try to understand your body and know when it says it is full. Restaurants serve portions that are WAY larger than they should be, so cut your food in half before you start, and ask for a to-go box so you are not tempted to that “one last bite.”
Fitness is Important: It is so hard to go to the gym or work out after a long day at work, but remember just 30 minutes a day can help heart health, overall fitness, how you fit into clothes, how others perceive you and how you feel about yourself. Start off easy; break up your 30 minutes throughout the day; this is as easy as parking further away from the store, walking around your building when on break, or standing in your living room doing lunges and sit-ups. You don’t have to pay for an expensive membership to get fit.
Seek Support: Talk to your friends and family or even co-workers and let them know you need the support; you will be surprised when they ask you if they can join in! Fitness and healthy lifestyle are not just fads that are here today and gone tomorrow… they are lifetime commitments that everybody needs to understand and try for themselves.
Take things slow: if you cut out everything at once you’re more likely to binge.
Try Grocery Shopping twice a week for fresh veggies and fruits for healthier cooking.
Make sure to check with your doctor before beginning any fitness routine
Healthy living may be contagious!