Baby Steps

Getting into shape doesn’t mean you have to abandon life’s comforts. In fact, over time, fitness and good nutrition provide the active person with more comfort and relaxation–not less. With this in mind, begin to change your habits by defining what you’d like to change.

To begin, determine your long-term goal. For instance, in the next year you would like to: cut out sugar, lose twenty pounds, start jogging every other morning, grow your own vegetables, etc. etc. Write these large goals down.

Now get more specific. Pull out one of your goals, and decide which one you will focus on today and the next day. If you’re really ambitious, commit to the rest of the week. By chunking down your long-term goal, you are giving yourself a realistic game plan.

So, let’s say you decide to tackle the goal of cutting out sugar. After you’ve written down today’s date and the goal for the day, take action. To break the habit of pouring a packet of sugar into your frappuccino or of munching on M&Ms at work, provide yourself with an alternative. Bring some Baby Carrots to the desk. Fill a thermos with coffee and milk. Avoid the sugar bowl at every junction. Don’t go near the M&Ms. If you can get through a single day without sugar, reward yourself with a $1–which will be put towards a new outfit or a vacation you’ve never been able to afford because you’ve spent so much on frappuccinos.

When the urge to down sugar becomes too great, distract yourself. Go for a short walk, or listen to a song you love. Getting some fresh air is an excellent way to overcome craving, but if these tricks don’t work, call someone dear to you and tell them you love them. Do whatever you need to do to rid yourself of this craving. If you can get through day one, then you can get through day two. There’s no end to your strength!

To be continued!

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Making The Decision To Change

Every day you rub your eyes at the blare of the alarm clock, plod to the bathroom to wash up, grab a “quick bite,” like a Powerbar or a piece of toast slathered with butter, and head out the door. Maybe you drive to work. Maybe you dream-walk to the subway while downing a 400 calorie frappuccino. ┬áMaybe you ride a bike, and if you do you probably don’t need to read this blog. But eventually, everyone, even you, slump into a chair, usually black, switch on the computer, stare into the brightness and wonder for a moment what happened to you.

You used to have energy. You used to have ideas. You used to know how to sing, dance, clap your hands and really mean it. But you’ve sat at this desk for five, ten, fifteen, twenty years. And yes, maybe the desk has changed position, or maybe it has gained a view of treetops, or has lost some privacy, but you’ve sat for most of your life. Occasionally you wonder what it would feel like to step away from that chair, that screen, that sameness. But then, as so many of us have said, leaving that desk would be scary, unthinkable, irresponsible, flakey, because everyone needs a paycheck. Everyone needs a home. Everyone needs to feel wanted. But then everyone also has a heartbeat, one that needs to be looked after. There are only so many heartbeats–only so many minutes. And if your LDL is high, your HDL low, your blood pressure through the roof, your weight climbing beyond what you thought possible, well. You need to read this blog, take what it has to offer, and run for your life.

Where will this blog take you? On a journey whose aim is to bring healthy living back into your daily experience. Health is not all or nothing. It doesn’t require that you give up your paycheck. It simply requires that you prioritize, find inner resolve, and use self-control. It’s all about making the right decision, right now.