My body has been aching for a week. It’s sore and tired and yet I keep going and slowly the energy is becoming amazing! The #IHeartOmron Fitness Challenge has completed week one and I’m feeling like a trooper!
I think my mantra this week has been, “I can do it”, like the Little Engine that Could.
For me, I want 2013 to be a year that I began living my best life spiritually and physically.
The words of Dr. Charles Stanley motivate me.
“We have a right, a privilege and a responsibility to keep our bodies healthy.”
His worlds help me understand that in order for me to be everything I am intended to be, taking care of myself is the ABSOLUTE. This body I have been given is not mine to neglect. I realize that when we are out of shape and are overweight there are physical manifestations that include: lower energy level, decreased motivation, decreased mental alertness, decreased ability to focus, decreased self-esteem and enthusiasm. There are serious negative health implications that may include high-blood pressure, heart disease, depression, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes and even cancer.
These negative implications all weaken our motivation and ability to take on new challenges.
It’s easy to offer up the excuse, “I just don’t know how” or “I don’t have time to exercise” or even, “it’s too expensive to buy healthy food.” All of those are legitimate EXCUSES.
Take it one day at a time.
Commit to making gradual changes in your health. Begin making small changes in your diet. Slowly incorporate exercise or physical activity into your schedule at least five days per week.
YOU DO HAVE TIME. You just have to make it YOUR PRIORITY!
Believe me, no one understands this more than I do. I’m working on a goal of 10,000 steps per day, or roughly five miles. I’m walking our dog, instead of just letting her out. I am getting up during commercials. I’m keeping track using the HJ-323U USB pedometer.
I’m not meeting my goal everyday, but I am pushing myself everyday and sometimes I even exceed my goal!
This week I lost 1.8 pounds.
I know I can do better.
I’m asking you to join me in making at least one change you will commit to in your healthier lifestyle this week.
I’m going to exchange empty calorie snacks for protein. I can trade out the cookies, chips and candy for nuts, Greek yogurt and celery or apples with almond butter. I’ll be giving my body nutrients it needs to build and repair while satisfying my hunger.
Julee is a quirky, dorky, North Carolina Transplant with an appetite to taste the world, meets its desserts and blog about them. When she’s not behind the computer you can find her playing with her family, reading a good book and celebrating the little things.
This post is sponsored Omron Fitness as a collaboration with Bookieboo Blogging Network and Mamavation – a community dedicated to weight loss for women and obesity prevention for families. I was provided with product and compensation for my time and honest opinions. ”.Julee Morrison
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