Whatever the reason, I've noticed recently that I'm not the only gal in the Blogosphere dissatisfied with her lack of a healthy lifestyle and the sad physical result. I'm currently avoiding full-length mirrors and sidelining some of my favorite clothes that are a bit too tight. I'd like to drop a few pounds, but who doesn't? What I'm really tired of is feeling so low-energy. My get-up-and-go has done git-up-and-went.
I've acquired some unhealthy habits that need to be replaced by better choices. I need some sweat in my life. And some great food so delicious that my taste buds retrain my mind. I could use a well-placed kick to jolt me followed by some pats on the back as I change.
Things That I Know:
- Being healthy is more important than being thin. Which is good because the thin that I possessed before kids and age overcame me, realistically, isn't going to happen again in my lifetime. Healthy is possible however!
- I like to exercise. Pumping iron makes me happy. Slightly sore muscles, just enough to need an Advil, are a good thing. Needing a higher level to get my heart rate up is a victory.
- An exercise buddy will have me happily rolling out of my warm bed an hour early.
- Humming along to upbeat music makes a solitary workout less of a burden.
- I have a Sweet Tooth...but I love fruit--especially strawberries and blueberries.
- Keeping busy keeps me out of the kitchen.
Which leaves focusing on the things that I CAN do rather than thinking about all the things I should give up.
My goal is to make one great healthy choice every day. It might be weight-training, meditation, berries and brussel sprouts (not at the same time), yoga, oatmeal, stretching, biking an extra mile, whatever. I figure those daily choices will start adding up to habits as I go along. I'll be retraining my mind while I train my tastebuds and exercise my glutes. The result should be a healthy, energetic me. A me with nicer posture, limber muscles, more stamina.
I'm always more successful with a support system though, and maybe you are too. So I just created a simple blog where I can log my daily successes and be accountable in print without boring anyone visiting the Cottage--the Healthy Blogger Club. Everyone's invited, there's no initiation fee or monthly membership and it's open twenty-four hours a day--some of the beauties of blogs. There's no mirrors, no scales, no criticism, no fad diets (more good things about the blogosphere). Specializing in camaraderie, positive-thinking, and healthier bloggers. Drop by. Inspire and be inspired.