I know, I know, it’s an over-used old Nike tagline, but it’s true! How many of us have made excuses for not getting healthier? Oh, work is just to crazy to focus on this right now. I’m just too busy. For me it was, I just had a baby and I’m not sure we’re done, so… (Yep, been milking that one for 4 years now…) Whatever your excuse is, drop it.
I have been amazed over the past few weeks. I generally eat healthy… or so I thought. But since I started blogging, I have been following my own advice and increasing my awareness about what I am eating and how much I am exercising. Guess what? I wasn’t eating as well as I thought. And I wasn’t in nearly as good of physical shape as I was in my head! Could this be you?
On a co-worker’s recommendation I downloaded the “My fitness pal” ap. (That co-worker, by the way, has lost over 30 lbs using the ap.) I must say, it is way easier than my first recommendation of keeping a notebook because it totals everything up for you. But the principle is still the same. Awareness changes behavior. It creates accountability, and affects how you see yourself. It’s like holding up a mirror to your face everyday to show you where you’re great and where you are weak.
As someone who has tried every diet fad in the book (see week 6 post)… I can’t believe how simple this is. All I am doing is counting calories by typing in the foods I eat, tracking portion sizes and logging my exercise. Who knew?!
Now, unfortunately our scale is broken, so I have not weighed myself recently and can’t get you any “official” stats… but I can SEE a physical difference and most importantly I FEEL healthier! I am seeing muscles and toning I haven’t seen since pre-baby #1. My clothes fit looser, and I already have more energy. I love the quote on the attached image: It takes four weeks for you to see your body changing. (Check! Just completed week four of Jillian Michael’s “ripped in 30”) It takes 8 weeks for friends and family, and it takes 12 weeks for the rest of the world. KEEP GOING.
Your challenge this week? KEEP GOING!