If you haven't heard of Sally Gordon you should go check her story out. She knows what it's all about. Health, to the people who really get it, is not about what the scales says on any given day, it's about life long habits that, when combined, all work to enhance, extend, and better your life. I don't think of health as dropping a few sizes for bathing suit season; I think of it as me in 80 years being kickass and awesome.
While there is always more that I could do to better my health, there are a few things I regularly do in an attempt to make myself just a little bit healthier each day.
- I always choose water. Other than my morning cup of oj and black coffee, it is always water for me. I'll obviously indulge in occasional adult beverage but other than that water is just a better option.
- Portion control. This is definitely the hardest for me. I was raised to always finish my meals but now-a-days the size of a meal is generally much larger than it should be. I will often try to chose pre-portioned meals if possible. I have a packet of oatmeal every morning, a SmartOnes Weight Watcher meal for lunch every day, and if I'm ever eating a snack like popcorn or chips, I put it into a cup instead of eating directly from the bag.
- Daily walks with the pup. As much as I used to struggle getting up and out to go for a run by myself, I have not trouble going out for walks with the pup before the sun is up and in some pretty rough conditions. There is just more motivation when I know we are both getting something out of it. I wouldn't suggest going out and getting a dog just to increase your exercise, but it definitely worked for me!
- I don't deprive myself of anything. I think I'm one of the few people in the world who doesn't love chocolate but I have that same weakness for ice cream. And if my body is telling me it needs ice cream, I'm going to listen. I don't know if other people are the same way but if I tell myself I can't have something, I only want it more. I'm better off just having a small portion than holding off only to binge later.
- I don't get down when I fall off the wagon. Everyone has good days and bad and I think it's so important to always remember that. When I have bad day I just look forward to the next day instead of getting down or giving up. Returning from both Russian and Ireland I was at my heaviest but some of the best memories I have from Ireland involve a few pints of Guinness and some late night cheese fries. I wouldn't change that for anything. Now that I'm back home, I don't feel the need to cut out all carbs or crash diet because I know getting back on track with my healthier habits will slowly help me get back to where I want to be.
So, tell us what you do to stay healthy! Kayla and I are both taking part in Erica's DietBet, which is just a fun and new way to motivate ourself to keep up with the good habits and work on getting some of the not so good habits out of our lives.