You can take control of your mind and body through diet and exercise today. It can be self-defeating to worry about what you did or didn’t do in the past. Start with day one of your new program. Try not to plunge in, but rather ease your way into a whole new regimen.
No matter how busy your day is, don’t skip breakfast. I have become so accustomed to having fresh squeezed orange juice and oatmeal every morning. This works for me. Of course, there are so many healthy foods you can eat for breakfast. No matter how tempting it is, try skipping brunch at restaurants and hotels. Usually, the selection and presentation is so inviting that you would have to be made of iron to resist having more – and more – of everything.
If you are accustomed to eating meat five nights a week – drop one meat night, and substitute fish or poultry, such as chicken or turkey. French fries may be a food you think you can not live without. Try a baked white or sweet potato in its place.
When you’re at a restaurant whose policy is to serve so much food that it is literally falling off of your plate, put one third to one half of the food aside. Enjoy every bite of the food that remains, and have the added benefit of enjoying another meal at home the next day. The restaurant will be happy to send the remaining food home with you. If you are accustomed to eating out five or six mights a week, try eating at home an extra night or two.
Try changing the cuisine you are serving. If you usually fry or saute your food, try broiling or roasting it. Instead of adding salt while cooking, try experimenting with fresh herbs and spices to give your foods more taste. After
a while, it will become natural to prepare your food this way. Do you use canned or frozen vegetables? Try steaming fresh vegetables.
Through my own experience, I know there are many excuses not to exercise. They can range from, “I don’t have time to exercise,” to “I never exercised before,” to “What if I get injured from trying a new machine?” Exercising at the gym is such a part of my life now, that I can not imagine getting along without it. I also play tennis two or three times a week, and I hope to play the sport forever.
If you aren’t used to exercising, try working out at the gym for fifteen minutes three or four days a week. If you aren’t familiar with the machines, ask a fitness trainer to show you the proper way to use them. Try building up to one half hour a day four days a week. If you stick with it, after a while, your body will crave a longer exercise period. Of course, it can take weeks to months to build into a fuller routine. I now find that an hour to an hour and a quarter of exercise feels right to me. I vary my routine between the treadmill, bike, arm and leg machines, sit-ups and weights.
Start today! It can change your lifestyle forever.