“A great marriage isn’t something that just happens; it is something that is created” – Fawn Weaver
By Janine Serio, Lifestyle and Accountability Coach
Living a fit and healthy lifestyle is a lot like marriage and the quote above… created and then sustained for it to work.
If you’re like millions of brides-to-be, you’re probably thinking about how to look your best in that perfect dress. You don’t need a temporary yo-yo diet or a stressful fitness regime to do it. What you need is healthy commitment. Sound familiar?
All about commitment
Committing to living a healthy lifestyle is just like the commitment you will make in front of family and friends. One that’s lifelong.
Making the commitment to get healthier and feel in control is a lifestyle… one that is forever! The road map you set forth should be unique and tailored to YOU. There is no “one size fits all” plan. The right way is setting realistic, sustainable, and manageable goals and expectations.
Blocking out the time that works for YOU
Based on your current schedule and past efforts, it appears that trying to get up early or go to the gym after work Monday-Friday is just not conducive. You are not an early riser, and there are too many after-work commitments that seem to get in the way. What we do know is your weekends are a LOT more relaxed, and time is more of your own. Let’s start by blocking the same time every Saturday and Sunday, give or take, for you to workout.
“Workout” doesn’t have to mean going to the gym. There is a different effort and time factor involved with going to an actual location. You can get a super effective workout AT HOME, and without any equipment, if you find that the motivation to get out the door, or lack of time, has you wavering. Remember that shorter workouts still count. There are no hard and fast rules as to how long you should workout for it to be effective. Wouldn’t 10-15 minutes of an all-out effort be better than doing nothing at all? Yes. Absolutely. You will feel better and have kept the commitment to yourself, thus minimizing the guilt/stress that often come with missing workouts.
Keep “Movement” in the Forefront of Your Mind
Everyday, even while running errands or at work, make the effort to move as much as possible. Take 5-10 minute walk breaks at work, take the stairs as much as possible, park your car further away at the grocery store, etc. It really DOES all add up.
Choose Three Nutritional Commitments
While they should be healthy, these are three practices that you can do, effortlessly, every single day that you know will help you to stay the course and provide little wiggle room to deviate. This is where you will need to investigate what works for you! Maybe it’s drinking 64 ounces of water each day… or not snacking past 8 pm… or drinking one less soda each day. Perhaps it’s adding protein to every meal.
Just like the others, this is one strategy that takes time. Have you ever fallen into the “I will just have a handful of nuts” and, before you know it, you’re almost to the bottom of the bag without even noticing? Same applies to when we sit down for a meal. Between eating as we are cooking, watching TV, reading a magazine, or trying to get other things accomplished, mindfulness becomes non-existent. Being mindful of what you are eating, how you are feeling, and being aware of the satisfaction factor, etc., all play a part. When we eat from the standpoint of mindfulness, a lot of our food fears start to dissipate. We start to feel more in control, and we begin to TRUST ourselves to make the best nutrition decisions possible!
Bottom line, consistency will always beat perfection.
So, starting today, I want you to begin thinking about what that lifestyle road map looks like in YOUR life. What are those realistic steps you need to get closer to reaching your goals for your wedding day and beyond. It may feel like a lot more work than simply following a “plan,” BUT the end results are that much sweeter – trust me.
Gone are the days of feeling like it has to be all or nothing to see results. I want you to enjoy this journey towards committing to a healthier lifestyle, learn a LOT about yourself in the process, remove the “weight loss” stressor from your life, and feel healthy, confident and strong as you walk down the aisle. The dress size does not matter, and the scale should be thrown out – seriously!
Janine Serio; Certified Personal Trainer & Health Coach CEO & Co-Principal of the Baltimore-based Corporate Wellness Company 2 Health Nuts Creator of the Lifestyle Blog Fit4Janine