Well it seems as if some of us have already started working on our path to a healthier life. Some of us will be starting off today. Whichever one you are doesn't really matter. What matters is we are all on our way to becoming A BETTER ME!
I started on the 1st. I have been counting calories and have trying to get more exercise in. So far, I've lost 4 lbs.
If you are like me, you hate to exercise. So, what I have been doing is trying to get in exercise without it seeming like it is. I want to do things that are fun!
As you have seen, I've gone to the beach to walk along the sand, gone on a hike with some family members. I've also been taking my dogs for walks more often.
I still have not made it to the gym. I'm hoping to do that by next Wed. I also want to go to the batting cages. I thought that could be a fun way to get some calories burned off and get some good twisting and turns in for the waistline. Again, think fun and not exercise. It makes it so much easier.
Also, try to find others to join you. You will find that you will be talking, laughing and having so much fun you don't even realize how much exercise you are getting in. Those calories will burn off and that of course means losing fat and building muscles.
Another good idea as you are starting off is to measure yourself. Put the numbers away and in a month pull them out and see how many inches you lost. I found that helps you to see it on paper as the numbers get smaller and smaller.
Same with photos. Have someone you know take a photo of you from the front, side and back. Then do the same every month.
Sometimes we don't notice our own weight loss. Since we see our self ever day and we often have a low self image of our self it's often hard to see it.
But, a photo will really show the difference.
Starting off is always hard. We hate to get on the scale, take those measurements or even have pictures taken of us. But look at it this way, the next time you do it you will see progress! You will see yourself getting in better shape and you will start to feel much healthier.
I wanted to tell every I am proud of you for making this commitment. I wish I could say it's going to be easy but it won't be. It's going to take a lot of hard work. Changes will have to be made. You will have to stay away from the things that will sabotage you.
However, you WILL do it. You WILL make it this time. If you have a set back or fall down, pick yourself up and get back on track.
One last tip. Make a graft. Over time you will see that the number goes down. Even when you have a little set back or gain a bit. The graft will continue to go down as long as you don't give up.
Together we ARE going to reach our goal. Together, we ARE going to get healthier. Together, we ARE going to stay strong.
Let me know what your plans are. How are you going to get some more exercise in this week? Do you have a special meal you are going to make this week? Any tips to share with us?
I would love if you would all post on your blog about how things are going but if not, at least leave a message here so the rest of us can get inspired by you and maybe use a tip, a recipe or idea that you have.