Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A New Year's Resolution in....October?? I say...WHY NOT?!

You do not have to wait until January 1 to start...you don't even have to wait until Monday or even tomorrow to start.  When you make the decision to do something big...for the sake of this post, to get healthy and make a change to your lifestyle....you can start RIGHT NOW! 

{Btw, I apologize in advance - this is a loooong one!  But before I made a real lifestyle change I was always a "Monday starter" so this post hits close to home!}



By the way, according to the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology (which sounds pretty official!) the NUMBER 1 New Year's Resolution for 2012 is:
LOSE WEIGHT.  

Shocker, right?  Yea, I didn't think so either.  It's a reoccurring resolution, which means that it probably usually isn't seen to fruition....and we all know why.....


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Minus the fact that they used "loose" instead of "lose" (LOL) this is pretty funny!!
But the one common denominator that I see - the silver lining if I can call it that - is that people KNOW that they aren't healthy, they KNOW they aren't eating or doing the right things and they're HOPING and putting it out there that they want to change!  As we all know, though, willing something to happen is not enough to make it actually happen!  I'm sorry - it's true...


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So, you made the decision. Today, right now, this moment, is the time!  You scream from the rooftops, "I want to be healthy and take care of myself!"  Well that's GREAT!  But now what??

Rome wasn't built in a day; and the way to "start" is not to make a million changes to your everyday routine....the everyday routine that you've been following for months, years even....this type of behavior will set you up for failure.  And you have to do EVERYTHING you can to make these changes STICK this time!!  

You have to make small changes that can jump start you into this new, healthy lifestyle - that will hopefully be your new 'normal' that sticks forever!

Here are my top 5 tips.  I really believe that you can start off on the right foot by following these steps.  They are a great stepping stone to help you make big changes, eventually, and they are easy enough to follow right now!

MY TOP 5 TIPS TO START YOUR JOURNEY TO HEALTHY-LAND:

  • Eat breakfast.  Period.  Banana + toast + peanut butter.  Oatmeal.  VitaTop (or mini VitaCake!) (+ peanut butter = my personal fav!).  Something to get your metabolism going and to help avoid binging later because your body is starving!



  • Always carry & drink water.  Skip sodas, diet sodas, juices (unless it's 100% juice - but just have a small glass!), calorie-laden coffee drinks, the list goes ON...here's a tip: don't drink your calories!! WATER is the BEST thing for your body!


  • Plan plan plan.  If you fail to plan you plan to fail.  It's so true!  Don't plan out 3 weeks in advance; that's too overwhelming...sit down and organize your meals and exercise plans for the next 3 or 4 days.  That's totally doable, right?
    • Be accountable - At the end of the week, assess how it went and see where, if ever, you had some trouble.  Learn from your mistakes and pitfalls...and problem solve!   Make a secondary plan so if that ever happens again you can make better choices.
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  • Journal your meals, snacks, everything!
    • Seems daunting, I know!  But it is so important to see what you're eating and when you're eating it.  You should be eating REAL foods, with ingredients you can pronounce!  Foods that fuel your body.  Calorie counting is a whole other addition to the story - I think it's great especially when you're first starting out, IMO!
      • FACT: If you eat a snack, while standing in the kitchen, and no one is around to see it....IT STILL COUNTS!!
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  • Do your research and ask for help!
    • Family & friends
    • Programs like Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig
    • Online forums
    • Local groups
    • Do a simple Google search and the information available at your fingertips is endless!

So, are you ready to make the change to get healthy?  
If you have any, please share what are your tried and true "first steps" to transitioning to a healthy lifestyle??

Happy Wednesday all!  I'll be back later with my WOD!