That moment when you realize that it’s time to do something about your weight.
It may happen when you’re looking in the mirror or standing on the scale.
Your first thought is to go on a ‘diet.’ But as quickly as that enters your mind, the ghosts of a hundred diets past return…along with all the frustration.
Then you wonder, why bother?
The weight will come back, as it always has. Then you’ll be back in front of the mirror as discouraged as ever.
The answer is not to go on another diet.
The answer is to change your lifestyle.
Making the Change.
It’s time to lose your ‘all or nothing’ mentality. Embrace simple, small changes that will add up to big improvements in your lifestyle. These are your main venues for change:
What You Eat. Let’s face it, most of the foods you eat aren’t the healthiest. Some are downright terrible (the burger and fries along with the pizza and ice cream you had last week). While others are simply excessive (the snacks you eat while watching TV).
The solution to cleaning up your daily diet is NOT to go back on a ‘diet’. In fact, I never want you to go on a ‘diet’ again. (Yes, you heard me right!) Instead I want you to make permanent healthy changes to your eating habits.
Here are some practical examples:
✓ Choose salad over chips or fries
✓ Cut out alcohol (or, at the very least, limit yourself to 2 drinks per week)
✓ Eat fresh produce with every meal
✓ Stop drinking blended coffee drinks. If you don't like your coffee black, use a little stevia and, if needed, maybe some almond milk.
✓ Limit desserts to one per week
✓ Cut out mindless snacking
✓ Drink water, not soda
I don’t expect you to eat a perfect diet every day of the week – that’d be ludicrous. You should, however, make MORE healthy choices every day than unhealthy ones.
How You Move. Exercise is a huge component to a healthy lifestyle, and quite frankly you’re probably not getting enough of it. What do you have more in your week - - days you workout or days that you don't? Or worse, how often does an entire week go by without you ever lacing up your sneakers? Don’t disregard the importance and power of a good workout.
Your new healthy lifestyle means exercising on most days of the week. This may seem tough, but it should be doable. Otherwise, you may have to check your priorities (and desire). And it doesn't always have to be an hour of your time. A good, hard 20 minutes can do wonders.
Here are simple ways just to move more each day:
✓ Watch less TV
✓ Do some stretching every day
✓ Play at the park with the kids
✓ Go for a jog or a long, brisk walk
✓ Do the Cutting Edge Bodyweight Warm-up every morning (Prisoner Squats x 10, Spiderman Climb with Reach x 5/side, One-Legged RDL x 8/leg, Band Pulls x 12, Pushups x 8, Reverse Lunges x 8/leg, Band Dislocations x 8)
While none of the above are meant as substitutes for a solid exercise routine, they are great ways to become more active and to improve your lifestyle.
Your lifestyle is the balance of all the choices that you make regarding your body. Swing the balance in your favor—make a majority of your choices health conscious.
So the next time you’re in front of the mirror you won’t worry about your weight.
You’ll relish it.
Are you ready to transform your lifestyle and body? Email me today to see if I have a time slot for you to get started.