It’s Time to Feel Better and Lose Weight

Sometimes life pulls us in a million different directions, all of which avoids exercise and healthy living. It’s time for a change. A real change.

One of the most common things I hear from friends and colleagues is that they tend to stray from their fitness, or routine by saying, ‘I’ll get back to it next week,” but it that’s a slippery slope, especially when you’re trying to stay healthy and on some sort of a regiment. We need to make the most of our days, especially with the nice weather, and not risk falling off our routine completely.

I used to share too much on social media — where I was, what I was doing, who I was with, and how I feel about current events, politics, or whatever else was trending. I’ve been sharing a lot less and it feels nice to have some sort of privacy, especially not being on Facebook or Snapchat anymore. It truly is a breath of fresh air.

While I won’t be sharing my journey into weight-loss and convalesce on social media, I am creating a basic journal of how I’m doing and what I’ve accomplished each week. In addition to taking notes on my Yoga classes, neighborhood walks, bike rides, etc. I will also note how I feel at the conclusion of each week. Perhaps, if you’re trying to accomplish the same, you could try a journal, too. No need to make it public, although sometimes sharing goals with the world can make one more likely to keep reaching for the sky, right? While I’m not afraid to post about my new habits and ambitions on social media, is it appropriate? Do people really want to see that type of content? I don’t think so… I may post an occasional photo, or share a tweet — I think that will suffice, but no need to tell the entire Twitterspere or Instagram world every detail.

Here’s what I’m going to try and accomplish:

  • Wake early and stretch every morning.
  • Attend at least one Yoga class a week, virtual for now.
  • Meditate 30-45 minutes twice a week.
  • Use my stationary bike and ride an hour every other day.
  • Eat a low carbohydrate and low-sugar diet.
  • Drink plenty of water. I already start each day with a 12-ounce glass of water.
  • Allow one cheat day per week, without going overboard.
  • No eating after 8pm, water only.
  • Walk 10 miles per week, catching up on podcasts and new music.
  • Read more, watch less. I have certain TV shows I need to watch, but entire evenings shouldn’t be in a comfy chair.
  • Take daily vitamins and get sun every day.
  • Get 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Schedule yearly physical with my doctor.
  • Plan my week. Allow days for work, volunteerism, and other activities.

Wish me luck.

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