I have been on the road that many of us are on for many years, and I finally got my act together and lost the weight. My highest weight was almost 300 pounds. Today I am physically fit, wearing a size 4-6 and I enjoy an active lifestyle at the great age of 50!
I am not an expert or a physical fitness coach, or a nutritionist, and I don’t have any letters behind my name. I am someone like you, who struggled for years to lose weight. Now that I have I want to share what I learned on my
journey and see if anything rings true to you while on your journey.
You are Not Alone!
You are not alone on the this journey to become fit and healthy. I want you to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it is not an oncoming train. That light at the end of the tunnel is a store that you have always wanted to buy clothes from. The sunlight welcoming you to play outdoors.
That light is the happiness you will feel:
- After losing weight and reaching a healthy goal.
- Wearing clothes in a size that you didn’t know was possible
- Lifting weights as you become stronger.
- Seeing those muscles you will develop ripple in the mirror.
My goal is to give you inspiration, tips, tricks, motivation, recipes, advice, music, and much more as you move towards the healthier you. Are you ready? Then let’s get started talking about beginning a new day with new habits that help you transform into the new you!
Starting Your Day
What are the first 60 minutes of your day like?
- If you are an adult with children are you starting your day off with at least 15 minutes of time to yourself?
- If no, why not?
- If yes, what do you do during those 15 minutes to set the tone for your day?
- If you are a single adult with no responsibilities to anyone other than yourself, how do you spend the first 60 minutes of your day?
In either case, if you are looking to begin new habits to get to the healthier you that you want to be, then start your day off with time set aside just for you. If you need to, get up earlier. I usually start my day off around 3:30 – 4:00 am. I can have a full days worth of work accomplished by 9:00 am.
If you use an alarm clock, don’t hit snooze. If you are in the habit of hitting snooze, make this a new habit. Get up when that alarm first goes off and great the day! The day is beginning fresh and new with a clean slate and you have a new body and mind to start getting into shape.
If you like to get your exercise in before you go to work, good for you! I believe this is the best time to get it done, otherwise you will come up with an old excuse why not to exercise later in the day or after work. If you are not in the habit of exercising in the morning, how about making this a new habit?
If an exercise routine is something you need to get into the habit of doing, then let’s begin.
If you are out of shape and just need to get started, start with walking. This will get the blood flowing and get your whole body moving. I would love to suggest that you visit Leslie Sansone and use her Walk Away the Pounds workouts. I have used her for years and I love her videos. You can even find them on Youtube.com
You do not have to get an exercise routine started by killing yourself during your first workout. The fact that you want to get a routine started is a plus. Now you have to get into motion. Walking is the best place to start. If you are totally out of shape or you are starting from a good healthier shape walking works for just about everyone.
Do you have another exercise that you do enjoy? Maybe you like riding a bicycle, playing catch, shooting baskets. Whatever your favorite activity is use it to keep you motivated to exercise.
I look at chores and things I can be doing around the house as a way to burn calories. Getting up and dusting, or mopping the floor will burn more calories than sitting down watching TV, and you will make your home look great in the process. It’s a twofer!
- Skip breakfast?
- Eat a huge breakfast?
- Or grab something like a piece of toast and a cup of coffee?
Here is a new habit. When you get out of bed, start drinking water. Try to get in 16 ounces of water by the time you eat a good breakfast.
If you have been skipping breakfast, stop it. You don’t have to make a seven course breakfast or spend an hour in the kitchen preparing one.
Start you day with a healthy and easy to make breakfast.
- 8 ounces Greek yogurt, ½ cup blueberries, 1 slice whole wheat toast and a tsp of strawberry jam.
- 1 slice whole wheat toast, 1 tbsp peanut butter and ½ a banana.
See how easy that is?
Here are a few tips:
- Don’t drink your calories. Stay away from fruit juices.
- If you like eggs, women eat one whole egg and three egg whites, men eat one whole egg and five egg whites.
- Be sure to eat protein at breakfast to get you off and running!
The Day Really Begins!
So you have started a couple of new habits before you have headed out the door for work. Let’s review!
- You are not going to hit the snooze button.
- You are going to get up early enough to have some “me” time.
- You are going to drink 16 ounces of water to get you going and hydrated.
- You are going to start exercising with a light exercise like walking.
- You are going to eat a healthy and quick breakfast to begin your day.
Maybe you won’t start all of the habits at once, so pick one or two and work on them for 2 to 3 days and then add another one. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you get to a new healthier you? One new habit at a time!