Every time I hear something or see a post about someone I know who’s my age or younger and is in the hospital due to weight or dietary related ailments, I am grateful I got off my butt a couple years ago! I finally decided to do something besides couch surf. I was embarrassed by my condition-or lack thereof-and inspired by friends. I didn’t just jump into the deep end of the pool. (Good thing too, as I’m not a terrific swimmer!) Frankly, I started out easy in the wading pool and worked my way up.
- The first step was mental, not physical. I had to decide to take action. It’s so easy to stick with what you know, that which is safe even if not healthy. It is far more difficult to choose that which is unfamiliar. Our lizard brains view “different” as “dangerous” and so we resist change.
- The second step was committing to a course of action. I began with biking 3 to 4 nights a week. I started walking at least 30 minutes on my lunch hours at work. I posted to Facebook as a way of forcing accountability upon myself. Once you start something like this, repetition eventually puts the lizard brain into a coma.
- The third step was to start eating intelligently. No more would I eat an entire large double pepperoni pizza in one sitting. Is it any wonder I was fat? I took a friend’s advice and began having Shakeology for breakfast and avoiding fast food, and lost 8 pounds in 3 weeks! I ditched the Doritos and started eating more fruits and vegetables.
- The fourth and presently ongoing step is that I began exercising in earnest at least 6 days per week. I’ve done a variety of Beachbody workout programs, in increasing difficulty levels. Although some of these workouts are pretty tough, none of them are impossible because I have a fantastic support and accountability network in place. That has been the key to my success, in my opinion.