Monday, October 1, 2012

Stages of Fitness

In my last entry I discussed the different stages of fitness. The all or nothing, the unmotivated and the consistent. I asked the reader to really think about which stage were they in. Now lets see if you are ready to make a step forward in your journey. Answer the following questions about yourself:

1. When was the last time you worked out?
2. When was the last time you THOUGHT about working out and did nothing about it?
3. What was the last healthy meal you ate?
4. What was the last unhealthy meal you ate that you felt guilty about?
5. When was the last time you told yourself, "I need to go on a diet?"
6. Last, but not least, what is holding you back from getting healthy?

If you have been asking yourself these questions, then I know you are THINKING about your lifestyle an you know you are not living in a healthy manner. If these questions were easy for you to answer, then you are most likely in a better, more focused phase of your fitness journey. 

I recently read a quote that said : "NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS FEELING GOOD AND LOOKING GOOD." However the lifestlye change from being unhealthy to healthy doesnt happen over night. It takes days, weeks and months to develop habits and mentality that keep you focused on your journey to fitness.

If you are one of those people in the "non excercising" part of your journey, I am challenging yourself to think of a few things today:

1. Are you getting healthier by living your current lifestyle? What is your current activity level?
2. What is holding you back from the gym? OR just simple activity like walking, biking or playing with your kids?
3. Are there small changes you can make today to increase your calorie expenditure and decrease your calorie consumption?? Example: walking the dog 10 extra minutes, cooking dinner five times this week instead of going out for five nights? Parking your car at the end of the grocery store parking lot instead of trying to get the closest spot? (Im guilty of this myself :)
4. Are you thinking about your children, spouse, parents, and family and friends when you overeat and stay sedintary. How are you sustaining your life to ensure that you will be around to see your children and grandchildren live?
5. Are you a good example for your children? Childhood obesity is on the rise and its more common to see overweight children now aday than fit children. How are you being an example to your children? If you aren't how can you change these behaviors?

You can't change your lifestyle over night. But small steps little by little help to make a change in your overall journey. Just think if you park your car at the farthest spot from your store, gym or work, how many extra calories a day you will save. Eating healthy dinners in your home not only saves money but un-needed calories. Trying to join a gym, train six days a week and diet on celery and cottage cheese will only backfire on a person in your situation. Baby steps first! Make two changes this week that will put you in a better spot to start an excercise program this month. Remember, the longest journey starts with the first step......