By: Sandra Elzie
Like me, are you someone who makes New Year’s Resolutions? For several years I’ve been making writing goals, but last year I also made a resolution to get healthier. I’ve renewed that resolution for another year.
A friend sent me an e-mail recently that had several cute sayings…one of which I’ve shared…but this one got me to thinking. In 2012, I started the fitness program to lose a few pesky pounds and to tone up. I had some success, but then came a two-week cruise, a week in Florida, Thanksgiving and finally Christmas. Ugh. Okay, I didn’t totally obliterate all the good work I’d done, but I definitely put a dent in a year’s worth of effort.
So, instead of whining…I got back up, dusted myself off, and got back on course. I also recently bought six workout videos so I can have a nice variety of options when it’s time to sweat. I’m told a person should exercise 2-4 times a week…but I’ve discovered that I have to exercise every day in order to stay in the habit. In short, 3:30 every afternoon is my time to exercise. I don’t have to waste time thinking about whether or not today is an exercise day since EVERY day is an exercise day.
In my case, exercise is the key to success, but it helps to eat healthy, have a supportive husband who exercises with me, AND to have a close friend who is also working on becoming healthier and helps keep me encouraged & on track.
By the way, if you’re by chance wondering what six videos I got, I’ll just tell you that four of them are by Denise Austin, and two of them are by Jillian. Yes, the Drill Sergeant from The Biggest Loser.
I’ll close today by listing the five things I feel have been the most helpful for me.
1) Set a reasonable…attainable goal FOR YOU (and check this with your doctor, especially if you have health challenges or you are on medications)
2) Eat a healthy diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables & protein. (I suggest cutting down on things that are less healthy versus totally eliminating them since you don’t want to feel deprived & then binge eat)
3) Write down everything…and I mean EVERYTHING you eat on a daily basis
4) Exercise ….even 20 minutes 3 times a week…or just go for a 20-minute walk.
( I also suggest that you write down what exercise you do & how long you did it.)
5) Drink plenty of water…and limit the alcohol and sodas
So what can you add to the above list? Got any great food/recipe suggestions? I’m open to all the help I can get.
Because Petit Fours & Hot Tamales is celebrating our anniversary all this month, I’m giving away a $5.00 Amazon gift card today to one lucky person who leaves a comment. (Sorry, no chocolate!!)
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