It feels like a blink of an eye since we celebrated New Years Day! I can’t believe that in just a few more days, it will be spring! Depending on where you live in the world, you’ve either experienced more spring-like temperatures than true winter temps and here in Georgia, every day has been an ‘I have no clue what season it is!’ day for months. Take for instance today…it’s Saturday, February 23 and it’s 68 degrees outside! Not that I’m complaining, but it’s still winter!
I’m currently working on my final book in The Butterfly Memoirs and I’m always looking for inspiration to be used either as a background story or to add to the development of a character’s personality or life. The new book, Shattered, follows Andre as he deals with issues that are stressing his marriage. He often hits the gym to work off the frustration he’s dealing with at home. On thing I’ve learned for sure is that you can run into a lot of interesting people at the gym.
If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts, you’ll know that for the past five months, my cousin and I have started going to the gym. What started as support has turned into bettering myself while having a lot of fun! I’ve never been a big fan of working out and sweating (I was on the Tae Bo trend for a minute, but it didn’t last that long) but I’ve now found myself addicted to the results. I haven’t dropped a ton of weight, but I have lost eleven pounds and man, can I tell the difference! I feel better, ache less (except on days when we hit the gym) but it is definitely worth it. A lot of people put weight loss as one of their New Years Resolutions (two months in, how’s your list looking?), but some don’t actually stick to it. I used to be one of those people. For the first time, I can say I’m all over this goal! If weight loss is on your list of things you want to accomplish in 2017, here are a few realistic tips I have to offer:
- Get a workout buddy who is just as committed to reaching a weight
loss/fitness goal as you are! The two of you will inspire one another to keep going, even on the days you feel like crap, are too tired, or just plain don’t want to go! My cousin is my inspiration and she pushes me when I’m ready to quit. We make it fun, though. I complain and she ignores me and we laugh along the way. She’s got me doing exercises I wouldn’t dream of trying which means each workout is always making me be the best I can be!
- Be realistic with what you expect to achieve. Yeah, I’d LOVE to drop 50+ pounds, but I also know to get those results I’ll need to do more than work out at the gym 3 days a week. I’ll have to do some major lifestyle changes with my diet and I suck at those! Over the years I’ve done dieting pills, weight loss drinks, and diet plans. Each worked for a short period of time. But the moment I couldn’t afford to buy the next set of product (ie, special pills, drinks, or particular food), the diet and the results went out the window. Now I watch what I eat, cut down on the sugar and sodas (occasionally I slip, but that’s a part of being realistic!) But I know what to do at the gym in order to work it off and maintain the weight I have lost. If I REALLY want to push to lose more weight, then I know I need to step up my food change game.
Hold yourself accountable! Have a way to keep track of what you’ve done on a daily basis that counts as exercise. One of the easiest was todo that is to get a Fitbit. I’ve had one for two weeks and love it! It’s an easy way to keep track of your eating habits, water intake, exercise, and daily step count. Did you know that the American Heart Association recommends taking 10,000 steps a day? What better way to work your way towards that goal than to team up with others who are doing the same? Fitbit allows you to connect with friends, family, and others to keep you walking! Daily, weekly and monthly competitions based on simply wearing your Fitbit all day to keep track of the steps you take and lets you know where you are with the competition. Most of my Fitbit competitors are co-workers, other authors, and readers who have connected with me through Facebook.
Whatever steps you take to reach your fitness goal, remember one thing…HAVE FUN!!!! Your goal should be about more than shrinking pants sizes, it’s about improving your overall mental and physical health.
Till the next time, Happy Reading, Writing, and Exercising!
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