I’ve had a lot of people telling me recently that I’m looking great and are asking if I train everyday and for how long but I want to set some things straight: yes, I do workout everyday, I only work out about 1 – 2 hours, and above all I love to do nothing with the rest of my day.
When I say that I love to do nothing- I mean if I could lay in a blanket all day I would. Before I wrote this I was currently binging on Netflix. What I hope I can make clear is that changing your lifestyle doesn’t have to be a big change.
For me, my biggest challenge was that I needed to stop buying food that would make me feel bad about myself and start buying food that would fuel me. My motto is, “if I don’t have those bad foods in my house, I won’t eat them”.
My “big” change that I made was getting my tired butt out of bed an hour earlier if I had to work, or just do the damn workout first thing on my day off. I understand that to some people, that might actually feel like a huge change and implementing this cold-turkey method is daunting- trust me it is- but one day the light will go off from “needing” to change to “wanting” to.
It’s hard; I know. For myself, it took years until my light finally clicked and I haven’t looked back. All my life I struggled with my weight, self confidence, and my overall health daily. I would yo-yo between not eating enough to eating far too much; worst of all I would never eat the right foods for me.
Before I started my daily workout (and by daily, it is usually only an hour), I would take a dance class every single morning then go to the gym for far too long to try and make myself feel better to maintain my weight; coupling this routine with eating horrible foods made me feel horrible. Most days I HATED doing it but I didn’t know there was any other way to help me stay healthy.
My husband has always supported my insane ideas about working out, but he was blessed with a freakishly fast metabolism and can eat whatever he wants. He never has to think about what he eats before it burns right off of his body. Myself on the other hand, well I have to chalk it up to another hour at the gym. We used to meal prep heavily to make up for his metabolism but this meant that I was eating the wrong foods (and frankly too much of them).
What I decided then was that I wanted to push for a change; luckily my husband was there to eat the remains of our junk food. Small changes (like not buying junk food) does not have to be a leap off of a cliff!
Slow and steady wins the race and you are your only competitor.
Start with one thing in your life that you know is bad for you- say you have a can of coke a day or you like an extra scoop of sugar in your coffee- try one less a week and see how you feel. Don’t be afraid to try that substitution- try a bag of baby carrots and dip instead of chips. The message here is to not starve yourself from nutrition or deprive yourself from necessities: make the changes that are within your reach one at a time. Tell yourself: slow and steady wins the race.
A good friend of my replaced his daily Pepsi intake with water for one month and has since lost almost 20 pounds. That one small change impacted his entire perspective on what he is capable all from doing that one thing.
If tackling your diet isn’t something that you’re ready for, try your fitness. Have you considered the stairs verses the elevator? Adding in those small changes can make the world of difference. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see results the day after you implemented something; wait. Give your body about two weeks before you start to analyze it.
Small changes guys.
These changes have changed my life but I’m also doing this FOR A LIFE. I want to travel, I want to dance, I want to live a long life with my husband Matthew and not worry about later. I haven’t taken anything out of my everyday life that brings me joy though. I still sing too loud, dance when I get ready, paint pictures for my walls, and watch way too much Netflix. I will still say yes when I want to treat myself to burger once in a while but it’s nothing that I can’t live without. I still live my same life, only I have made healthier choices; all one by one.
If you start with just ten minutes a day, that’s ten minute more than yesterday. I just take one hour or less out of my day to work out and make smart choices in my meals.
The rest of the day is mine.
So Netflix, stop asking me if I am still watching- YES!
Everyone’s path is different and I can’t stress that enough. So you need to decide what works for you and if you need to or want to, then let’s talk.