Thursday, March 12, 2009

Be healthy and happy

One of my goals I have this year is to be more healthy. I'm not one to diet and I've had trouble in the past working out because I don't see results immediately. This year I decided to take a more healthy approach. Although I'd like to lose a few pounds, it's ultimately about feeling good about myself. My doctor shared a few tips with me that I'd like to share:

1. It takes 30 days to form a habit. (I've known this for a long time, but only recently has it really sunk in. This means I actually need to workout 3-4 times a week for AT LEAST a month. I usually quit after the first week.)

2. Don't eat after 7:30 pm. (This one is a little more difficult, but I've been doing pretty good for almost a week now.)

3. Drink the biggest glass of water you can handle before each meal. (Sometimes your body tricks you into thinking your hungry when you're actually thirsty. I've tried this the last couple of days and I find that I don't eat as much.)

4. Don't eat to be stuffed; eat to NOT be hungry. (This makes complete sense. I think we've taught ourselves that it's bad to not eat everything off of your plate. My eyes are also bigger than my stomach MOST of the time. I've started eating off of salad plates to help me with my portions.)

5. 45 Minutes of rigorous activity at least 4 times a week. (If you can carry on a conversation you aren't working hard enough. I sleep better at night when I workout.)

I've committed to myself to live by these for at least the next 30 days and see how it goes. I've also signed up for my first 5K!!!! I'm very excited to do this for myself. I don't really love running, but I think once I make it a habit I'll feel better about it. The 5K is on May 16th (I officially start training on March 22nd). Until then, I've started this workout program:

This really works!!! As my cute friend Allison said, "It must be called 30 Day Shred because you feel like a piece of shredded chicken!". I've been sore every day I've done this workout. What amazes me is that you are doing simple exercises with only hand weights. I'm excited to see the results after day 30. I'll keep you posted on the progress of my NEW healthy lifestyle. :)


bethany.j said...

those are some seriously great tips. and i am excited to hear what you think about the shred video, i might have to borrow it when you're finished! ;) you are going to kick that 5k's behind, by the way. i really want to run it with you, dangit. ps. i miss you on chat!

MEG said...

I need to start the 30 day shred all over again. I did it before Mexico and felt AMAZING, and now I've let myself go again :(

What day are you on?

Jordan (MamaBlogga) said...

I've been looking to do a 5k. I was going to do the Rex E. Lee Run, but I got hurt and had to take like 3 weeks off training--and of course I totally got out of the habit.

What 5k are you doing?

Melissa said...

Those are helpful tips! Thanks for sharing. I have a "healthy tips" blog:

Would it be okay with you if I listed these tips on my blog?

I'd like to start that shred program too. :)


Nakita Ellis said...

Emily! Good for you! Exercising is so much more fun when you are doing it to feel better, rather than just focusing on wanting to lose weight, etc..

Thanks for the reminder tips. I need to be better at the not eating after 7:30 pm thing. I used to be so good at it!

jack+alli said...

rock on girl! thanks for the tips! i finished my 30 days earlier this week but i want to keep doing really kicks my butt...and in some parts i even kick my own butt ;)

Erin said...

I seriously need to apply these rules!! Dude, you've inspired me. Haha.

Jenni Sue said...

Good luck with your goals! Good for you. I ordered that DVD and have never opened it. It's so sad. I'm anxious to see how it goes for you.