Getting [Back] on the Healthy Living Bandwagon

11 Mar

Listen, I’m human…sometimes I slip up and fall off the healthy living bandwagon. Then I think about how great life is when I’m eating right and exercising regularly: I feel stronger; mentally, I’m happier; I have more energy and the bod looks pretty good to boot. I don’t understand how I ever fall off, but it happens and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Whenever I’ve had a lapse and need to get re-motivated, there are a few things I have to remind myself…

1. (and this is probably the most important for me) PUT YOUR SNEAKERS ON…I once heard that the most important step in getting to the gym, going for a run or even working out in your home is to put your sneakers on. Obviously, we should put them on to do any of these things, but it’s said that this is actually the most difficult part of the process. Nevertheless, once the shoes are on, we are committed and therefore less likely to cancel. So, when I’m trying to get motivated, I don’t focus on the long-term goal of getting the workout complete; I focus on getting my sneakers on instead.

2. You will not “transform” in a week! It takes time to get back in shape if it’s done in a healthy way. I like to create several small goals so that, as I accomplish them, I create more momentum for myself.

3. Reward yourself! As I reach smaller goals, I like to reward myself with little things, like a new pair of shoes and when I reach my overall goal, I reward myself with a big thing, like a new pair of designer jeans or something fun like that. Note: I never reward myself with a huge pasta dinner! The reason I pick the jeans is because they are expensive and if I grow out of them, I might as well have just lit the money on fire – not only is this a reward, but it is a way to keep myself motivated to FIT into them!

4. Restaurants and fast food joints have ZERO “healthy options” – ‘nuff said.

5. You CAN do it…you can exercise regularly, you can eat right, you can make your own food. It’s not that hard, but you need to commit. I like to think of a reason that I’m trying to get back in shape and then I use it as my mantra…if it’s because I’m going to a bridal shower and haven’t seen my girlfriends in a while, I’ll think – even say – “bridal shower, bridal shower…” over and over again to get myself motivated.

I have to say that in the past, the hardest part of getting back on the wagon was the eating. This is now the easiest part for me and probably what stays the most consistent in my life, but I do recognize that this is probably the most difficult step (even though it’s the MOST important) for most people. It takes motivation and pre-planning, but in the end, you will feel so much better and you may even save some money. Another blog to come with some tips on how to eat right in a way that’s cost-effective, time-saving and tasty!


One Response to “Getting [Back] on the Healthy Living Bandwagon”

  1. fitwellssu March 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Good luck with the new resolution! You definitely have a plan for where you are heading – stick to it!

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