It’s no secret. I’m battling extra pounds. No, I haven’t hit the obese rating on any chart but I am squeezing into once comfortable clothes and struggling against the scales. Age is not making it any easier.
A friend and blog reader offered up the book Switch as one that contains research about how to make change stick. I devoured it cover to cover and while I may not be able to practice every good idea, I do have a few ways that I’m working to eliminate excuses.
1. Carry the gym bag in the car. In the morning when I get ready to leave, I make sure that I have work out clothes and shoes, a water bottle, a towel, a yoga mat and a hair tie. I can’t say that I don’t have my gear.
2. Move my vitamins into the bathroom. Yes, I know. They keep better when they’re in the fridge. Well, guess what? They keep for years that way because I don’t take them. By moving them to the place where I brush my teeth, I’m much more likely to indulge.
3. Wear a step-counter. I used to do this years ago when the 10,000 steps movement first began and when my pedometer broke, I forgot about it. I’ve since employed a new one and it’s eye-opening. On a typical day, without exercise, I get maybe 3,000 steps. Knowing this causes me to park a little further away.
4. Use the bathroom on the floor below me. In line with the last recommendation, this adds a good 500 steps each way. Every bit helps.
5. Make a date for exercise. Last night I met a friend for zumba. Tomorrow morning, I plan to hit the hiking trail at 5:30 am. With a friend to meet me there, I’m a lot less likely to blow it off.
6. Stack up on the snacks! I went to the market and bought a lot of good dense food items for the drawer in my office; dried goldenberries, sprouted almonds, raw bars, and there’s always fruit in the fridge.
7. Fill the Vitamix canister the night before and store it in the fridge. This makes it much harder for me to leave the house without eating and much easier to create a great healthy green smoothie in the mornings.
8. Don’t buy it. Yeah, my boys hate this one but if it’s not in my cabinet, there’s a high probability that I won’t eat it. Don’t buy crackers, chips, cookies, or other high calorie snacking foods.
9. Go to bed at a reasonable time. Sure, it’s hard to pull away from the blog when some fantastic blogger like the Scratch Club just posted a list of weekend reading but really, getting enough sleep is a foundation for all the rest.
10. Alcohol makes the appetite grow fonder. Don’t drink. I love a glass of wine but know that when I do, that slice of gorgonzola on crostini seems like a farm to table option that I must have in order to fulfill the Agrigirl mission.
This is a challenge for me and I’d love to hear the ways that you’ve managed to enjoy great food and live a healthy lifestyle.