Making Healthy A Lifestyle

make healthy eating a lifestyle

It’s 2015 and this is going to be THE year you get your act together! You’re going to be healthier, make better food decisions, go to the gym more, drink less alcohol, spend less money, save more, start a family, quit smoking, the list goes on and on. You’ve envisioned that perfect body you’ve wanted for years but never quite got there. You say to yourself, “I’m going to lose that extra weight and get back to that elusive ‘high school’ or ‘college weight’ by the time you’re (insert age here). The year goes by and you are not at that weight. Maybe you’ve shed some pounds or maybe you’ve actually gained some, but this year is THE year!

Your journey begins, you sign up for a certain diet group where you will be put on a certain number of calories or points a day, or maybe you go on a 30-day cleanse, detox, fast, whatever. You sign up for a bootcamp or a Crossfit gym or a spin class, or boutique fitness class (they are all the rage), 5 days a week plus you’re going to run 3 days a week on top of that and you feel truly motivated because this year is THE year!

Fast forward 3 months, you only go to your fitness class 3 times a week if you’re lucky, and running, well it’s cold out soooooo… not so much. (But you’re going to start up again as soon as it warms up!) That diet has fallen off. Maybe during the week you’re pretty good but the weekend comes and oh, I forgot about that dinner or vacation or company event so I can’t stick to that diet, but Monday starts a new week and you’re going to get back on track. Except you don’t and you don’t lose any of that weight you were so determined to lose. You start to hate those shakes, supplements, tasteless, flavorless meals you’re suppose to eat. You’re hungry and there’s donuts someone brought into the office, and you’re sooooo hungry, just one won’t hurt and you promise yourself you’ll work extra hard at the gym later.

Fast forward 3 more months and it’s summer. You’ve completely quit going to that fitness class, or gym and you’ve decided you do much better just running on your own. And your run goes something like… Stretch a little, start off walking (gotta warm up) jog about half a mile, walk, jog a little, walk, change the song on your iPod, (oh that’s my jam), run, nobody’s around so walk a little more,  someone’s coming, pick up the pace, walk. You’ve gone maybe 2 miles and you’re done. 

That diet you started… Well now its summer, BBQ’s, vacations, lakes, pool, patio drinking (the best kind!), etc… Hey, but you’re eating salads at work during the week and basically skipping breakfast and just snacking for dinner. Are you wondering if I’m some sort of witch that can read minds or if I’ve been stalking you most of your adult life? Don’t worry I’m not, I’ve just been there, done that, and now I’m writing about it!

Ever wonder why we start off with all the motivation in the world but end up going back to our old ways? We think that starving ourselves will get just enough of that weight off that we can wear a bathing suit or sundress, or fit into those shorts and t-shirt and feel ok about what we see. Are you tired of this yet? Are you ready to do something that will work for the long haul? Are you sick of having the same goals every year and never reaching them? When will ENOUGH BE ENOUGH!!???

What to do:

First, stop making unrealistic goals!

Second, stop trying to reach all those goals in the first 6 months of the year. When you say you want to lose weight, look/feel better, what you mean is by the summer, after that who cares, you’ll be wearing sweaters, long sleeves, long dresses, skirts and pants, no one’s going to see you.

Third, realize that it didn’t take 6 months to put on the unwanted weight and to make these unhealthy habits so there’s no way you can lose it in that time. Realistically, you could probably lose it in a year (which is what you told yourself you were going to do) or at least get a good chunk of it off.

We have to start having patience with ourselves and realize that making small changes will usually result in a HUGE impact! Try setting 1-2 healthy goals a month and really try sticking to them. Right now they are just goals. Soon they will be habits and then they just become character traits.

Start small, try committing to bringing your lunch to work. Make this your first healthy habit. This will help accomplish many of those goals alone, including the weight loss and saving more money. Next, commit to walking more, as much as possible. You hate running so don’t, just go for a walk! That’s it, month 1 done!

Month 2- commit to going to the gym 2-3 times a week for 20-30 minutes You’re already walking so you don’t need to do cardio (that will cut your gym time down by 30-45 mins). Just head over to the weights and lift something relatively heavy. Maybe get a couple sessions with a trainer, just to show you what to do, and proper form so you don’t hurt yourself. Commit to having 1 glass of wine a night or a couple only on the weekends.

Month 3- Commit to cooking more and planning out your meals ahead of time. This will help you spend less time at the grocery store and keep unwanted food items out of your kitchen. And maybe that’s it for month 3.

Month 4- commit to trying something new. This could be geared towards stress management like yoga or meditation or just reading more and watching less TV. Or this could be trying new fitness classes, maybe you want to do a boutique fitness class, give it a try. Or maybe you want to run a 5K, or try visiting a Farmer’s Market. You get the idea! Trying to cram too many goals into such a small window is setting yourself up for disaster! Taking it slow and steady will get you to your goals faster than the scenario at the beginning I was talking about. Practice making these small changes will get you there and keep you there for the long haul and there is no better time to start implementing your new plan than TODAY. It doesn’t have to be the beginning of the year or month or day, get outside and walk around or go to the grocery store and make your lunch for the rest of the week. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or complicated; you just have to commit to starting.

So maybe you need a little more help with this! It’s OK, you’re normal, congratulations! Hey, that’s what I’m here for! Contact me, I’d love to help support you this year and get you closer to making healthy a lifestyle!


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