We are so worried about what is coming next we rarely focus on where we are.
If you have read some of my previous blogs, you know that I have struggled with my weight for some time now. I tried many diets, I have had a few eating disorders, and I eventually got tired of trying.
After a few traumatic events, I let myself go completely. I was putting so much junk into my body and being as inactive as I possibly could be. I became fed up with myself, and knew that I needed to make a change.
Not only did I not want to feel like complete crap, I wanted my life back. I wanted to be able to walk up a flight of stairs without feeling like I was going to die. Have you ever felt like this or do you feel this way right now?
After reaching this point, my immediate reaction was to google how to lose weight fast. The search pulled up many diet pills and quick fix work outs that I knew would give me the same results that I had always got.
I would lose ten pounds, give up, and gain twenty. I knew that I did not want to do it this way. I was seeking a permanent change, and I knew that it was not going to be fast, but I wanted permanent results.
I began to research how to change habits. Each website and book that I read said that it takes about three weeks to form a habit. So, I began to knock each bad habit one by one. I would not move on to the next habit change until I felt comfortable with the last. Here is a list of each of the habit change I made, in the order I made them.
-Exercising 30 minutes a day
-Eliminate sugar (except fruit)
-Exercising 1 hour a day
-Stop eating 3 hours before bed
-Drink 8 glasses of water a day
-Stop binge eating
-Eliminate processed foods
-Exercise 1 1/2 hours a day
Of course, I have had slip ups (The Holiday Season oops) (Please just accept that this is going to happen.) When this happens I just start where I slipped up and repeat it. It has been almost 2 years and I feel more healthy and strong then I have ever felt in my life! I am down 45 pounds and I have 15 more to lose. I am not concerned with how long it is taking to get there. I am only interested in moving forward. I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any questions.
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Here are 7 of my favorite workouts. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far!
Yoga- Yoga seems to take away any stress stored up in your body. It is extremely relaxing, and is very beneficial. Even though, it does come with challenging moves, it is one of the easier workouts i’ve tried. There are many variations of Yoga. Yin Yoga classes are the most soothing and relaxing classes that I have attended. For a more challenging/mind blowing experience try hot yoga.
Kickboxing-This workout is great if you want to get in tune with your inner fighter. It is also good if you tend to be stressed out. This work out is definitely one of the more challenging, but is really fun. I have loved doing this in classes or at home. I love the Tae Bo DVD, it is the best one that I have tried! Check out my favorite products page! I have it listed on there.
Elliptical- The Elliptical is my favorite machine! It is very low impact compared to running, and it gets your heart pumping. I love watching t.v., music, or talking to a friend while I’m doing it!
Treadmill- I love the treadmill’s incline program. Many treadmills have preset workouts where you go up and down with the incline. This is what gets your heart rate up.
Weight Lifting- This is surprisingly one of the most relaxing workouts. It is very effective if you are going for a toned look. At the gym you can go from machine to machine. If you are at home resistance bands are great way to target those muscles. Check out YouTube for video instructions.
Zumba- Zumba holds a special place in my heart. This is my favorite work out ever. If you like to shake your booty Zumba if definitely where it’s at. This is a great class if you’re just starting to work out.
Water Aerobics- If you don’t want to feel yourself sweat this is where you need to be. Water aerobics is a very fun and low impact way get your body in motion.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to get moving. We are only given one body so we need to take care of it. Also, Please consult your physician before beginning any new exercise routine. On the left hand side of the home page you can provide your e-mail and I will send you new blog notifications. Thank you so much for reading. You’re awesome!
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