Tag Archives: healthy living

Make the Right Decisions for Yourself

24 Mar

Call me crazy, but sometimes the hardest person to be is yourself. I recently received an email from someone who had read this post and they wanted to share their personal Golden Rule: “never eat something to make someone else happy.” This is so important, and really could be taken even further. When it comes to health, fitness and maintaining a balanced lifestyle, you need to make the right decisions for yourself.

Don’t eat something you don’t want to just because it takes more effort to explain why you’re turning it down, you will regret it. Don’t skip a workout just because your friends make you feel guilty, its not worth it. Resolve to do what you need to do. You will be empowered by your own commitment and this will make these moments easier. Overtime people will roll their eyes less and stop hassling you. You will be happier and stronger, and they will support you more.

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One More for the Tortoise

5 Mar

“I prefer to start slow, gives me room for improvement.”

-The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach

You probably also heard the tale of the tortoise and the hare when you were growing up. Slow and steady wins the race, right? It’s funny how those childhood stories stick with you.

Remember the yearly fitness tests in high school gym when you had to run a mile? Worst. Day. Every. Year. Running an entire mile was out of the question, I could barely walk four laps under the time limit. When I joined Weight Watchers I spent the first few months focusing only on healthy eating. Once I felt better about my eating habits and more confident after losing a few pounds, I was ready to incorporate activity.

This is where those old stories we heard as kids came in handy. In the beginning my goal would be to run on the treadmill for a full minute, and than I spent the remaining time walking quickly or on an incline. After about a week or so I would bump it up to 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 1 mile, and so on.

And then last week, this happened:

8mile

I have been running for about four years now, and increasing the distance over time. At first I couldn’t even run for 1 minute. It has certainly been a slow and steady process to get here, but I’ve heard that’s what works. One more for the tortoise!

PS : I really recommend downloading the Nike GPS app – it’s inexpensive and amazing! 

Monday is a Working Day

4 Mar

I played rugby in college (definitely more on that later!) and this is the opening line to one of the ritual songs. It was one of our favorites and always helped motivate the team. All day today it ran like a mantra in my head: “Monday is a Working Day.” 

Winter sucks but Spring is not too far off – no more excuses that it’s too cold to run outside, no more baggy sweaters to hide holiday weight gain. I have resolved to get back on track. Today, Monday, is a great day to get back to work

ImageMondays can be brutal so a little preparation makes a big difference. Breakfast, snacks and lunch to get me through a day at the office! And a run after work was the perfect way to end the day – it helps me unwind, and is the best way to kick start the week.

 For me ups and downs have always been a part of my weight loss. I have to remember to stay positive, which can be hard, but I have come so far and accomplished so much and that doesn’t go away if I gain a few pounds back. Is everybody happy? You bet your ass we are.

Creativity is Key

3 Mar

I was always a stubborn and picky eater; I ate mostly chicken fingers, french fries and pasta. There was the occasional piece of fruit but no vegetables. I was adamantly against anything green and leafy.

After joining Weight Watchers one of my biggest challenges was learning to incorporate more nutritious options into my diet. The trick was to smart small. At first it was a single piece of lettuce in a turkey sandwich, later upgraded to a slice of tomato too; sometimes I added chopped mushrooms into tomato sauce, and spinach used to get mixed right into homemade turkey burgers. For the first few months I really had to work to sneak vegetables into meals. It wasn’t easy, but it turned into a game for me.

Each week I scanned through recipes on the Weight Watchers website for ideas. I was completely caught up in trying new foods, mixing different flavors and learning tricks in the kitchen. I was having fun and this made following plan so much easier. Each week I planned my meals ahead of time so I could get everything I needed at the supermarket, and I started cooking for my roommate and I every night. We taste tested, critiqued and experimented and I learned so much.

When I became a Weight Watchers lifetime member my leader asked me, “What is your secret? How did you do it?” I am definitely not an expert, and I have had a lot of ups and downs, but here is my best answer: I was creative. I had fun. I took the basics of the plan and made the most of it. I made it work for my lifestyle. I was a college student in the second semester of my senior year, and I accepted my own limitations. I strove to enjoy those last few months at school with everyone else, while also trying to achieve something for myself. I pushed as much as I could and had a blast while doing it!

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