My old and yet new again mindset is on getting healthy. I have been skinny and heavier but now I need another reason for working out and staying fit. I can no longer sit by doing nothing and let me weight continue to increase as my health continues to decline.
About 4 years ago, I was in the best shape of my life. I worked out and did fitness classes. I was so active that I did not really worry about what I ate or when I ate. I just ate. Then it happened. I stopped working out, started making excuses, and yep…did not stop eating what and when I wanted.
I will not lie and say the number on the scale does not bother me, because it does very much. Obviously though, it does not bother me enough to make a change to shrink that number. Until NOW! The number although it bothers me is no longer my motivation. My health is. I feel sluggish, depressed, and have even started having severe hip cramps and pains which originated in my back.
Now…here is lies the problem. I do not have hours a day to work out in a gym. I do like the after workout feeling from the endorphins, but can that be all I do to establish a healthier lifestyle? Eating must play the biggest role in my life style change. Secret here…I am a very picky eater. I do not like many vegetables and only one fruit, apples. So how in the world with all the online juicing, cabbage eating, ketogenic, vegan, low carb eating diets will I ever figure out the best foods for someone who is picky with food taste and textures? So, I went to work researching.
Here are some of my favorite ideas to help.
- Look at the ingredients in your favorite meals. Can you use those ingredients to change up your dishes? Ex: Hamburger with lettuce, tomato and cheese? Try ground meat, diced tomato with shredded cheese wrapped in a lettuce.
- Try 1 new food each week (at least each month). Stop saying no to all foods you have always hated. Your taste buds change every 7 or so years so try foods again. Keep trying foods to expand your food list.
- To go along with #2, change seasonings you use to offer assorted flavors on those foods to help you learn to love something new.
- Change out items to a healthier form, replacing lettuce for taco shells, use brown rice instead of white rice, and many other options such as these.
- Watch your sugar intake. Try to watch how many sodas you drink, especially diet sodas as these sometimes have more sugar or sugar substitutes which cause weight gain.
Making slow changes can also influence the way you feel. Just get up and start somewhere. You cannot make changes sitting still.