Starting…NOW

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I don’t have any epic revelations about 2013. It was a good year, as years go, and I enjoyed it. But I am ready for 2014. I’m not typically the kind of person who sets to start on a workout or to eat healthier on a certain date or day of the week. If I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it now. So, while I’ll try and be my healthiest in 2014, I know it is an everyday choice. Not a choice to start next Monday or on the first of the month. I think this is something that I want to really be diligent about in 2014, eating better.

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With healthy eating you have to make a decision every time you eat something.
Is this fuel for my body?
Am I hungry or just bored?

I slip-up all the time when it comes to eating. I can’t help it, I love Five Guys Cajun fries, I enjoy Cheez-Its and I really like cupcakes. None of these are healthy in any way, but I am not going to deprive myself, I am going to make better choices the rest of the day. I am trying to stay away from overly processed foods but it is hard when the American lifestyle relies heavily on them (hello, Cheez-Its). I already make almost every meal myself and I rarely use processed foods, but when I need a meal in a pinch or something to fill in, sure I’ll go for that box of Macaroni and Cheese (white cheddar all the way).

There is no diet or weight loss pill that is going to change you. YOU have to change you. Your body is no one else’s responsibility, what you eat is no one else’s responsibility, your exercise is no one else’s responsibility. Whenever I eat too much or something clearly not healthy I start over again, right then. If you say you are starting on a certain date or day of the week or when the month begins then you are allowing yourself to keep going on the course you are trying to get off of. Start eating better NOW, start exercising more NOW, start taking care of yourself NOW.

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You don’t need sweeping changes overnight – Get rid of ALL the junk foodOnly eat salads and chickenExercise everyday for an hour. Make small changes along the way, this will ensure they are the right changes for you and your journey. We all have a different journey, find out what makes your special. Don’t try and follow my menu and exercise, because it may not be best for you, a stock menu wasn’t made for you, you need to figure out what your body likes and when it likes it. Maybe cut out that calorie-filled coffee drink each day, cut back on the donuts, start to drink more water, try and exercise two days a week. Small choices end up being big in the end. These small choices become habit and habit is your new normal.

So, take it slowly with the resolutions and let yourself ease into them and find your groove.
Happy New Years Eve!

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