Everyone needs an extra boost of motivation occasionally, right? I have some to offer you today (and in turn I hope it will motivate me more). Over the past month I’ve basically been coasting along the road to health and fitness. The past two months have been crazy-busy and I’ve been slacking on taking care of myself because I’ve been taking care of everyone else. It’s the beginning of training season for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk, and it’s also Spring which is typically the time to “spring clean”.
I’ve decided it’s time to do some personal spring cleaning – inside and out. Cleaning my laziness. Cleaning out my excuses. Cleaning up my diet. Cleaning my house (which always makes me feel better both mentally and physically). And getting outside more, which is important to boost the Vitamin D, which will in turn help me feel better!
I have finally started walking more, but I really need to hit the gym and start lifting weights again. Lifting weights makes me feel strong and healthy. It also tones up and tightens up all the flabby, saggy skin that I don’t like to see when I put on capris and short sleeve shirts. Lifting weights also helps me feel stronger and more capable of conquering the fears of “I can’t do this”. I need to do better with my eating plan, since I have been slacking on that area, too. I have come to the conclusion that I absolutely can not have gluten or I am causing myself more discomfort than I am willing to have, especially during training. It’s not really as hard as I expected, but I really have to plan out what and where I am going to eat. It does help me up the veggies, which is a good thing. I’ve also come to the conclusion that I need very little dairy, but I’m not willing to give it all up because the greek yogurt every morning helps keep my digestive tract working properly. And cheese….oh I need to have at least some cheese to make life a bit more enjoyable. :-) And what’s the point of being healthy and fit if I can’t enjoy life by having some cheese, right?
It’s taken me a long time to get to the point where I know what will work for my body to help me lose weight. I have tried a lot of different things, some of which worked, but only for a short time. When I apply the principles that I know will work for me, I lose weight and feel better.
It’s the applying of the principles that gives me the hangup! I have finally gotten on the right medication to help regulate my thyroid issues, so I no longer have that issue to deal with. And I’m finally able to sleep through the night, which helps me feel more like a human instead of a walking zombie. I now know some of the foods that make me feel really good vs. foods that make me feel really bad, so once again, it’s the applying what I know.
I have found several of my personal keys to healthy living. One key is to find what works for YOU, because what works for your friend or your neighbor my not be a good fit. Another key is to not give up!! Be persistent and soon you will find the perfect balance for you to live a happy and fulfilled life. Do not give up on yourself before reaching your goals, but also don’t look too far into the future and get intimidated. Persistence is key!!
I still have about 40 pounds to lose before I reach my goal but I am making progress and I can see the progress when I look back through pictures of myself! Hopefully all of the cleaning I’ll be doing this spring will help push me closer to my ultimate goal.
Don’t give up! You can do it!!