Healthy Writer Wednesday
Replace just one thing a day.
When a juggler starts to juggle, he doesn’t grab eight balls and throw them up in the air in the hopes that he will be able to juggle. No when a juggler starts juggling believe it or not they start with just one ball. They toss that ball up in the air slow, up and down, up and down, with one hand until they know the weight and feel of the ball totally. Then they start tossing that ball from hand to hand, until they can toss that ball from hand to hand with their eyes closed. Only then will they add another ball doing the same thing tossing it with the first ball in his hands making it a part of his hands with the first ball. Jugglers make the balls almost an extension of their hands they can see the balls flying through the air with their eyes closed.
So what does this have to do with being a healthy writer, you may ask?
Well, too often in life we jump into some type of healthy idea
with a gusto that overwhelms us. We start a diet/healthy eating
regimen/workout routine with so much we overwhelm ourselves. It’s like throwing eight balls in the air and expecting ourselves to just know how to juggle them.
There is an epidemic in society today of individuals failing at diets. Or will lose weight from the crash diet/workout they do for a short term. However, they burn themselves out or what I like to call the flash in the pan. Once the ‘flash in the pan’ is over they gain the weight back and are overwhelmed with the feelings of regret or remorse from regaining the weight to do anything about it.
So how to you avoid the ‘flash in the pan’ syndrome? You start slow. You replace just one thing a day. I know what you are going to say. “But I want results now!” And believe me I know what you are saying, and I understand. But here is the answer to that, do you want results that will last, or do you want instant results? It’s definitely a give and take. And a hard pill to swallow, going a little slower at first will still give you results just longer lasting.
So what can you do, here are some ideas.
- · Drink more water. You may not know it but the majority of people in the U.S. are dehydrated and they don’t even know it. So drink more water! Here is a good link to see how much water you should be drinking by personal weight.
- · Stop drinking soda. (Not switching to diet, but all soda)
- · Drink black coffee instead of Latte’s (try it with a little cream or sugar)
- · Eat a healthy breakfast (everyday, no exceptions) Starting your day with a healthy breakfast is a great way to reward yourself. And gives you a perfect way to start your day. Tells yourself you a worth a day full of good things.
- · Eat healthy snacks during the day instead of sugary snacks.
- · Go for a walk every day. (This will boost your metabolism, and so many other things.)
- · Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. (National Sleep Foundation recommends: 7-9 hours sleep.org)
- · Mediate daily (Clearing your thoughts and centering yourself will help you become more balanced.)
- · Keep a journal (whether it be a food journal or a positivity journal a journal will help you understand what is going on around you and connect you with the world)
- · A healthy diet that includes lunch/dinner and healthy snacks
- · Work out – Cardio
- · Work out – Weights
Now don’t think you have to do all of these things. Just pick one. Work on it for a couple of weeks then move on to another one. You will notice I put a healthy diet, Cardio and Weights at the bottom, I think these should come last once you are working on all the other stuff. Once you have those other things worked out the healthy diet and cardio/weight will be a cinch. And by that time the weight will just fall off.
Let me know what you think, leave a comment below.