"I’m not going crazy here. This needs to be a lifestyle change, and if the change is too drastic it isn’t going to stick."
I thought about this quote all week. This isn't the first time I've heard a woman say she wanted a lifestyle of fitness, not a diet. I've said those words myself when talking about Project 10!
I believe Sarah's correct. Drastic changes are doable for a short time but then I arrive at my goal, or have a tough day, and I slip back into those old habits. Before you know it I'm right back where I started, or worse.
So inspired by Sarah's words I asked myself:
How do I create a lifestyle of fitness?
|Sam (3 yrs) touching his toes in preschool gymnastics class.|
- Decide what fitness means to you. Is it running races? Fitting into size 6 clothes? Or simply wearing your wedding rings again? Fitness means something different to everyone.
- Evaluate your current lifestyle. How many hours a week do you have to exercise and cook? Do you need to consider the wants/needs/schedules of a husband or children?
- What changes can you make to your lifestyle that will support your exercise and nutrition goals? Can you get up earlier to exercise? Will menu planning each week keep you from swinging by the drive-thru? Do you need to learn to cook instead of buying frozen dinners?
- Create a support group for your new lifestyle. This group can include your family and friends, co-workers, neighbors, or even on-line friends! Join in with the ladies of Project 10, we'd LOVE to support you!
- Make the changes for today. Don't worry about tomorrow. Choose for today. Today I will work out for 20 minutes. Today I will brown bag a healthy lunch instead of eating in the cafeteria. Today I will walk for 30 minutes with my family after supper.
What steps do you use to create a fitness lifestyle?