Looks familiar right? We all have one in our kitchens, but how often do we really use them? Has the busyness of life caused us to resort to unhealthy fast food choices? What price do we pay?
I've given this lots of thought and we're all guilty of poor choices from time to time, but when does the accountability kick in?
For me I really feel it has. For most of my life I never had to work hard at being skinny. Yes I loved dancing and always was pretty active but I was able to eat anything I wanted and I could not gain any weight. My friends all thought I was too skinny or anorexic but I wasn't. I just had a great metabolism. All lasted until Kathleen was born, now I carry more weight then what I am comfortable with. Why post about this? Because I think so many of you out there feel the same way. Wanting to get healthy and fit but are not sure where to start or how to juggle it all.
We all have choices in life and we need to be accountable for the ones we make. Being unhealthy is not cheap, it can cost tons in medical bills, disability and in hospital care. There are many diseases and ailments that can be easily cured by taking care of ourselves. Eating right and exercising. I found someone recently who has re inspired me to realize that I am worth this journey. That I'm tired of putting myself last. What's a big motivator for doing something? Having someone tell you you can't!
I feel like if we want positive changes in our lives we need to surround ourselves with positive people and a great support system. People who will build us up, not cut us down. Negativity is so draining to be around.
We need to have those people in our lives that are encouraging and have the same values and goals.
I am not lifting to be a bodybuilder, I'm lifting to be fit! Muscle burns fat and is more effective than just cardio alone. I found I also miss it and it really makes me feel good! I recently purchased a few weights to get me started in the program.
For some reason a light bulb has turned on for me. I wanted results but always had an excuse why I couldn't do it. Yes, the kids do make it a challenge finding time to exercise but I've made new goals and now exercise is at the top of my to do list. I don't want to grow old popping a million pills a day. I'd rather eat fresh, real food and get the same results. No more excuses, no more nasty food. My health is important and I'm worth it and you are too. We'll look better and feel better when we care for ourselves. This is not news we've all heard it before, but we need it to click for us personally. Instead of watching t.v. for an hour at night, go for a walk, or pop in a workout tape. Get up extra early in the morning before work or before the day starts and work out. It's all in how we manage our time. Turn the I can't attitude into I can!!
I am looking forward to this new journey and I'll be updating my progress along the way. I feel this week has been a step in the direction of a brand new life for me. I am so type A in everything I do and everything I do for those around me. Now I need to focus some of that energy on me. :-)
I started this blog to record my family's life and I have met so many incredible people! I don't like to post unpleasant things because life is full of that. I like to be positive and upbeat and have this blog be a place of joy and inspiration. I like that I can post whatever I like because it's my space to do so. If I can help others in some way that also brings me great joy.
There are many ways we can take some time to set up our homes so we don't fail at healthy eating.
First is to plan a menu every week! (No excuses!!)
Be sure to buy healthy snacks, like fruit and almonds and make snack bags up after you get home from the grocery store. I like to keep mine in baskets in my pantry so when I'm hungry I can just reach in and grab what I need.
To encourage eating healthy fruits and vegetables put them at eye level in your refrigerator. Don't let them rot away in the vegetable drawer! :-)
If you are traveling, plan the day by packing a cooler to take along. Try to avoid eating out as much as possible to save $$ and calories! :-) But if you must choose wisely....salads, lean meats, etc.
I always keep snacks in my purse for me and the girls, just in case of times when we may get held up and it wasn't planned. I also try to carry my own refillable water bottle and keep lots of ice in it.
Be sure your diet is balanced between carbs and proteins, this is so important for stabilizing your blood sugar. Remember we are responsible for our children's health and we need to set them up with good habits. They also are learning by watching what we do. So we need be aware and make the right choices.
Please don't do as I have done in the past and say you don't have time to take care of yourself, if you don't no one else will. Make small changes every day, don't try to do everything at once. Even with health problems you currently have, there is always something you can do to improve your health, your habits and your mind! Be the positive change for yourself and others. You have the power to change things....if you're not happy DO something about it! Don't blame others for your own unhappiness. BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOU!!!!
"We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world" -Helen Keller
We can't change our circumstances all the time, but we are capable of changing our attitudes and how we handle things. We just have to want to bad enough.
Who would like to share this journey with me? Comment or email me firstname.lastname@example.org. :-)
Hope you all have an amazing weekend and take some time to reflect about what you want in life and what truly makes you happy and full filled!