This is the first year I didn’t make any resolutions for myself. Thank goodness. After countless years of setting goals I would never accomplish, I finally learned something. I don’t stick to them! In realizing this, I decided to try something different.
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No more trying to diet. No more trying to loose weight with an exercise schedule I can’t keep up with. No more! Instead, I just want to be healthy. Healthy in the way I look, healthy in my food choices, healthy in my activities and healthy in my overall frame of mind. I just want to feel, look and live a healthy lifestyle. No pressure to meet any specific goals. No pressure to get down to a specific weight. Just be healthy!
It’s been a month now that I have been working out every other day. Thirty minutes on my elliptical machine, 30 minutes of stomach crunches, knee bends and stretching exercises. I do it when I can. If not every other day, every third or forth day as long as I do something active.
When I first started my elliptical workout, I thought I was going to die within the first 10 minutes. I seriously felt like an 80 year-old woman in a 40 year-old body! I barely made it through a 20 minute workout. I realized then, just how badly I have neglected the well-being of my body. I wanted to scream! I started to curse at myself and everything that has ever interfered with me exercising in the last 20 years of my life. I felt down right embarrassed.
I’m not even a smoker.
After a pep talk from my husband, I was able to re-focus my thinking again and away I went. With each new workout, my ability to last longer and not feel like death was about to swallow me dissipated. I slowly but surely got my groove back. Thank you husband!
I have been making better food choices. More fruits and vegetables and less carbohydrates has been my theme. I really love my bread but do I really need to eat it 3x a day? No. I’ve switched over to eating whole wheat pasta when I do and sticking with menus that include a lot of salads and a protein. Chicken mostly. I’ve increased my water intake and decreased my cheese consumption. Not eating cheese is seriously hard for me! It’s almost as bad as trying not to eat so much chocolate. The thing is, I don’t want to forbid myself from eating cheese or chocolate altogether. I still have some every now and then because, when it comes down to it, I don’t want to give those things up entirely. I just need to eat them in moderation.
I’m content with how good I’ve been feeling and amazed at how much better I’ve been sleeping too! I know it’s only been a month and I have a long way to go but I’m doing it and I plan to stick to it. It’s really not that hard once you change your ways. Knowing that I can always jump back on the wagon if I happen to fall off makes what I’m doing all that more real. After all, we’re not perfect and who does well with anything when you’re told you can’t have it all?
What new and exciting things have YOU been up to in this new year?