Planning that Road Trip?
Part of life’s journey is that sooner or later we realize that we need to make some changes to our diet, and exercise may really be a good thing.
Maybe it’s because climbing those last two steps, it felt like you had cement blocks for shoes, and heavy breathing has become part of your daily routine. Or you’ve already gone up two sizes and you know you are now entering that unhealthy danger zone. Better yet, you drive around the mall for 30 minutes to find a parking space closer to the entrance.
Whatever the sign, we’re bound to have that ahha moment when we know we have to make those changes to get fit and healthy.
And once you’ve made the decision to get started, keep in mind, your not alone. We all have some sort of diet dilemma, failure or crisis to share, and don’t forget there’s a huge amount of successes as well…so do not get discouraged. It takes planning and hard work, but like everything else, you will learn from your failures and you will find your way to get a plan in place that works just for you.
So here’s a little info to help you get started on that journey.
Diet and exercise, they just go together, it’s one of those combos that just seems to work. It’s like a hot fudge sundae…ice cream without hot fudge, well it’s just not a sundae. Gees…that’s probably not the best analogy for this topic…oh well just another blunder on my part, not the first and won’t be the last I’m sure.
Anyways, my point is, one without the other just doesn’t give us the results we want. And we all know they’re both crucial for our well-being. I know you’ve heard this a gazillion times, but it’s really important to talk with your doctor and discuss what would be a good plan for you to help you achieve the goals you need to set for this healthier, fit journey. He or she can point you in the right direction and can set you up with people who can create the right path for you, so be sure to enlist their help.
And it’s good to start this process slowly, don’t go from lounging on the couch to running 3 miles daily, or eliminating everything you love to eat all at once… this will surely set you up for failure. So just go slow and steady, and before you even realize it, you’ll have created new habits. For some, the buddy system may work, it can act either as a competition or support system.
Whichever way works for you, it could give you that extra boost you may need to achieve your goals. Planning and sharing tips with friends, family and coworkers is a great way to find recipes, plan menu choices, choose exercise buddy’s and just sharing your journey with others. We all struggle and stumble when we set goals, it’s just part of the process. So don’t be afraid to reach out and gather some info that may help you stay on track.
For your diet plan, start by eliminating what you know is not a healthy choice. Instead of having that bowl of ice cream, or scoop of potatoes, try some sliced apples and Greek yogurt. Be sure to add some herbs and spices, you don’t want bland, you want flavor and some zip, to satisfy those taste buds .
And don’t forget texture…crunch is a good thing, have carrot sticks or broccoli instead of those potato chips or candy bar. Here’s a sample of how to get started on your journey to a healthier lifestyle, it can be as simple as these two steps:
- A diet consisting of filling half your plate with vegetables and some lean protein.
- Add some daily physical exercise, it can be a brisk walk or some aerobics.
Every week or two, substitute a good thing for that not so good thing … you know…those goodies that got you into this not so healthy situation in the first place. Remember you’re not dieting, you’re creating a livable lifestyle that will make you healthier and more fit, it’s not going to be just another fad.
And when exercising, be sure to follow your doctors orders. You need a plan based on your abilities and limitations, not your friends. Exercise can be a brisk walk, aerobics, weight training or a combination of these. But this is where your doctor can help, because the two of you can come up with a plan that fits your needs and goals.
Exercise needs to be implemented as part of your routine, a plan you can live with and not something you dread…it just won’t work if that’s the case. Exercise, the good news…vacuuming burns calories ! The bad news…you would probably have to do it 6 hours a day, every day…to be considered exercise. Even so, that would be stretching it a bit, not to mention boring.
So work out a program, based on your doctors recommendations, that will get you to your goals. And make it fun…this is going to be a way of life, not a one month road trip.These choices will go a long way towards that healthier, fit lifestyle. And it will become a lifestyle. As you go through this journey and start feeling and looking better, it just becomes a routine…who knew….you’ve just created a lifestyle!
Since humans are creatures of habit, we need to make changes slow and steady, and that will allow us to adapt to these changes more easily. Once you realize that, you won’t get discouraged and you’ll be more likely to achieve your goals because you won’t feel so deprived. Don’t make it a habit of constantly beating yourself up…change takes time and patience…one step at a time. You didn’t reach this destination overnight…so why expect results overnight…you will get there.
You know you can do this, plan it like you were going on a fabulous vacation. Make that doctors appointment, check with a nutritionist if needed, outline an exercise program with goals, enroll a buddy and do whatever is needed to get your trip ticket ready for this awesome journey.
If you would like more information on a healthy lifestyle here are a few sites you may want to click on… Healthy Food Science .com or Jennings Wire.com
So take action…you, and only you, can do this…you are in charge!
I thought I would share one of my life’s fantasies. I’m waiting to hear the announcement that sleeping till noon, laying on the beach for eight hours, and candy bars, ice cream, alcohol and cigarettes are good for you…as I said it’s a fantasy… it costs nothing to dream…and I didn’t gain a pound !
But for now, I’ll need to take the high road and do what I know is the right thing. Who knows, we may end up meeting at one of life’s little crossroads, but until then….
Oh no, no, no …. I’m keeping my glass of wine…that’s my daily reward and I’m sticking with it !
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