Restarting your life/getting back on track

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Remember when you promised yourself to live a healthier life.  It happened for me when I joined “Loseit.com” and made friends with people who, like me, were growing older and fighting the middle age spread. (Okay. Okay. I know I’m beyond middle age, but I’m slow.)

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In no time I was exercising almost daily, eating whole foods (hold the processed stuff), and had energy to spare.  I was rolling back the clock and feeling strong and alive. 

Then, life happened.  My friend David got cancer and Brenda had to drop out of our health club leaving me to slog along alone. Within days I dropped out too.  A rainy season set in somewhere around last November and Jack and I quit walking.  I was escaping to my easy chair earlier and earlier each day to read murder mysteries and snack on Reese’s Pieces.

“Every time you misstep on your healthy journey, you have two choices: to keep walking backwards, which will surely take you even further away from your goals; or to accept your lack of perfection as normal and forgivable, and take not one, but two positive steps down the path that brings your closer to the future you want,” says fitness instructor Nichole Nichols.

If you’re reading this, you might have been walking backwards for a while. But instead of waiting for the next day, week, month or even year to overhaul your habits, she says to start TODAY. And start small. You can’t go from the recliner to running or from burgers to Brussels sprouts in an afternoon. But you can do one, two or even a handful of small things that will help you regain your momentum for healthy living.

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Here are a few things to try today:

1. Try a short workout. Even ten minutes is better than nothing. Jump rope, do jumping jacks, anything.  Wear a pedometer.
2. Drink plenty of water. I find that if I add a splash of cider vinegar and a bag or two of green tea,  I’m not tempted to eat between meals. Aim for 8 cups each day and you’ll feel the difference!
3.  Log onto Loseit.com and check out the forum – nice people and very inspirational. You can track your food and you may be surprised by how many calories are in that half cup of nuts you scarfed down absently. You can set your goals and watch as you move closer each day.  You’ll also pick up some great recipes to try.

Good luck.  Now I’ve got to go take my own advice.  We’re walking at 7 a.m. for one hour.  I’m actually looking forward to it!!

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