The month is almost gone and most of us are well underway with our New Years’ resolutions. You may have heard before that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit, but Dr. Brian King claims that as a myth in Psychology Today, explaining that “…for most of us going to the gym is not immediately pleasurable and it’s going to take a lot of work to habituate that behavior.”
I was certainly one of those people Dr. King described; working out in any capacity was not my favorite activity. I was at my heaviest weight ever after having my second baby. I decided it was time to make a change for my health and well being. Here’s the catch: I knew I would have to redirect every area of my lifestyle in order to see sustainable change.
Because of my past with yo-yo dieting, I started small and did not pressure myself to do anything I wasn’t ready to do. Now, six months later and nearly 30 pounds lighter, I feel like the best, strongest version of myself, and I have no plans to stop.
Here are some of my best tips to stay on track with your goals and create a lifestyle that works for you.
Watch Your Portions
My meal choices were, overall, pretty healthy. I’m not really the snacking type. Why was I gaining so much weight instead of losing? When I signed up for WW (formerly Weight Watchers) and began tracking all of my meals, I discovered quickly that portion control was a huge part of my problem. I began weighing out my proteins with a food scale, using measuring cups for all my sides, and even measured the cream in my coffee. I lost four pounds in the first week just by watching portion sizes.
Become More Active
Be willing to try something new. Yoga was a wonderful introduction for me toward a more active lifestyle because it was gentle enough to not overwhelm me. As I got used to daily movement and gained a little core strength, I tried indoor walking workouts like GrowWithJo on Youtube, making it part of my morning routine before I even had breakfast each day.
Working out with two kids can be a challenge, but there are lots of ways to include the whole family, which increases your bond, entertains the kids, and promotes physical activity. Perform a set of squats while hugging your baby. Have a race with an older child. Dance to silly music and have fun with it.
Find activity that can be interesting to you. Don’t be afraid to try new things. But most importantly, even if it’s just a quick walk around the block, get your body moving today!
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Every Day is a Choice
This is probably the most important tip to remember. No one can stick perfectly to any diet every single day. You need wiggle room for some cake at a friend’s birthday party, or to enjoy a holiday meal without depriving yourself of your favorite side dish.
The only way to make sustainable changes to your lifestyle is to keep it realistic, master your self-control, and know that every day you have a choice. If you know you want pizza for dinner, make sure your breakfast and lunch are balanced. Freeze the leftovers so you won’t be tempted tomorrow.
Take this journey day by day. You can’t change the choices you made, but you can make better choices going forward. Find support. You’ve got this!
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