If you have been following me during the last year you have at least heard that it was a tough year for me. The worst part of it all was that I was near my unhealthiest: I was at my heaviest, I was depressed, I didn’t want to play with my kids. It was about the same time that I was fortunate enough to be a brand ambassador for Cyclebar and forced to step out of my comfort zone (you can read about my experience here).
Why am I telling you all this? Going to Cyclebar was just the kick in the pants that I needed to start on the path to healthy. I have come a long ways in the last year and I can’t wait to share what I have learned but I wanted to start with the basics. So stick around over the coming months and let me help you be a healthier you. No matter where you are fitness wise, you have to start making changes, small at first and building up to great things. FYI: These posts even though they are called “Fit Mom” are for everyone, I just called them that because well, I am a mom =).
4 Tips for Getting Started:
1. Food Diary: Track everything that crosses your lips. That means food, liquids, even gum! You would be very surprised at how much you eat. Sure, some will be healthy but there will be more junk/unhealthy food then you think. If you don’t track and analyze your eating/drinking habits it will be hard to eat/drink better. Be specific in your entries. If you drink coffee with ½ c of creamer every day, write it down. Do not just put down coffee or you will not get the most from this task.
2. Measure Portions: If you do not measure things like creamer for example it’s time to start. The reason is most people do not follow the serving sizes on food and beverage items and while they think their coffee is healthy, if you add 4x the amount of creamer they say you are doing yourself a disservice.
3. Increase Water: Water is vital for life and a quick small change everyone can make is by drinking more water. If you currently drink little to no water, start by adding a bottle here and there. Try and increase that amount every few days to a week until you are drinking 4-5 liters a day. I know, that seems like a lot of water but it will help keep you feeling full and is great for your organs. Yes, you will go to the bathroom every 5 minutes at first, which is a good sign.
4. Step More: Adding as little as 500 steps a day can make a difference in your health. Walking a great way to get some exercise and not put too much pressure on the body when starting this journey. Park a few rows further back at work, park farther out at the grocery store, even go up a level in the parking deck. Take the stairs more often. Stairs are hard because you are fighting gravity so start with a floor or two and increase as you get stronger. The more you move, the better you will feel. Also, drinking more water will help with this.
Getting healthy takes time to do right and it all starts with little changes. There is a lot more that I can’t wait to share, especially about food with you! If you really want this you have to take the incentive to start. Remember it takes 21 days (3 weeks) for a change to become a habit so do not give up! Keep me posted on how you are feeling.