✗ Get Your Body Moving!
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How Do You Get Your Body Moving Every Day?
Do you feel like you are stuck in a rut?
Do you feel like you can’t get yourself off the couch?
Are you ready to make a change to be healthier?
Are you ready to feel better about yourself?
Well, friend that is what I want to chat with you about today!
If you are like many people you have at one point decided its “all or nothing” when it comes to working out.
You told yourself, “I need to work out so hard or I shouldn’t go!” I would like to suggest a different way of thinking about working out.
My suggestion is to look at it as getting your body moving not working out.
Friend, I do not want you to go from 0-60 on day one. Let’s take a step back and make a lifestyle change so that you are able to stick with it for and not burn out.
I used to hate the idea of going to the gym for a long time. Then I thought that if I had a personal trainer that I would like going. I really enjoyed my trainer. She not only kept me accountable, but she also helped me work through some emotional stuff as well. I will forever be grateful to her for listening to me two or three times a week. But, because I was “burning the candle at both ends” I was too tired to keep going. I wore myself out and was not eating right to get into better shape.
I also found that I would tell myself that I did not have to work out on my off days because I would have my trainer in a few days. So there I was making more excuses.
After some time of not being at the gym and some medical issues, I gained a lot of weight. I was so embarrassed and hated the way I looked. What I found was the harder I was on myself, the more crappy food I would eat and the more weight I would gain. I was my own worst nightmare. I was what we call in the mental health field, a self-fulfilling prophecy. In other words, I thought it wouldn’t work and I would be ugly and fat for the rest of my life. Friends that is exactly where I was headed because my behavior was aligning with those beliefs.
My husband was so patient with me during this time and would encourage me to go for walks around the neighborhood. Then when it became too cold to go outside we joined a gym. Again my husband would encourage me to go with him and would even make workout plans for us. But, I was still heavy, sad, and embarrassed. I was really mean to myself (dang negative self-talk).
After a few months of going to the gym, I started to feel better about myself. However, I was not losing weight. So I decided to take the advice that I give my patients- ask the person that can answer your questions. So off to the doctor I went and to shorten the story I will tell you now that did not help.
Then I found a nutritionist! She was a lot of help! After reflecting on my time with her I cannot thank her enough for being patient with me. I came to realize that I was using food to put a band-aid on my emotional pain instead of addressing it. I was very resistant to making changes. Something as simple as drinking half my body weight in ounces I had an excuse as to why I couldn’t do it. I needed to get out of my own way.
I have had a long journey with my weight and someday I will tell you more about it! But right now I would like to make a few suggestions to help you get your body moving!
My Suggestion for you:
1. Try going for a walk three times a week for about 35 minutes. If that seems like too much then change it so that it feels right to you. You should be a little uncomfortable but you should not be killing yourself.
2. Find someone to go for walks with or to go to the gym with. Pick someone that makes you smile.
3. Try a new workout class. E.g. I suck as dancing but I tried Zumba and it was a fun time! Make getting your body moving fun.
4. Get 1/2 your body weight in oz of water. Your body needs the H20 friend!
Start where you are at today.
Do not compare yourself to others.
You are doing the best job you know how to do at this moment.
I am asking you to change it up a little and I think you can do it!
Have faith in yourself! Show up for yourself!
If you say you will do it, do it!
Do not lie to yourself or quit on yourself.
※ Your Challenge:
Start with these 1 change and set a goal of doing this for a month. After a month I would like for you to change it up a little bit and add more activity until you are doing some type of physical activity six times a week for a minimum of 35 minutes.