Friday, May 27, 2016

What small changes are you working to incorporate into your life for better fitness?

Every day, I do what I can to move.  I wear a FitBit and honestly, it’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made.  I’m more conscious of the fact that I was fairly sedentary.  I still am, honestly.  But less so now than before.  I’m more aware than I was.  On my days off, I make a point to get up and take a short walk down the side walk in front of my apartment building and the one next to mine.  Or, I walk around the entire apartment complex.  I do that once an hour.  It helps that FitBit recently added a new feature to its app because of the new Alta.  On the Alta, if you haven’t walked your minimum hourly step goal (the auto setting is set at 250 steps), it will give you a reminder alert 10 minutes before the end of the hour that you haven’t taken enough steps.  However, the only downside is that the Alta is the ONLY one that currently gives you these little reminders.  Allegedly, FitBit is working on updating the firmware for the other trackers so that they also give you the reminders.  Since I work in a place that doesn’t allow me to have my cellphone on me, I have to write down what my step total is at the beginning of the hour and then be aware of how many steps I’ve taken during the hour. 
Other things I try to do are to eat as many veggies as possible.  I love foods that are high in volume and super low in calories.  I’m a huge fan of spaghetti squash.  I’ve also learned to accept celery.  I’ve always loved Brussels sprouts and peas.  Some veggies aren’t low in calories, but they are high in nutrients.  Another food that is low in calories and somewhat high in volume is rice cakes.  I do try to stay away from processed carbs as much as possible, but I do eat rice cakes with organic peanut butter and sugar free, whole grain cereals with cashew milk.  Other than that, I stay away from processed carbs unless I’m having a splurge meal.
I also calorie count.  Even if it only has 10 calories, I track it.  I didn’t use to be honest in my food tracking.  However, since I got back from Oregon at the beginning of this month, I have been as honest as I can.  Sometimes you can’t get actual nutrition info on something, so you have to make your best guess and pick the food item in the database that is the closest to what you ate.  I’m very proud of myself that I’ve been able to stick with being honest.  I mean, when I lie or don’t track something, I’m not fooling anyone.  The only person I’m lying to is myself and just because I didn’t track it doesn’t mean that I didn’t eat it.  You can’t ignore a food you ate and that means it didn’t happen.  I was only hurting myself and that’s part of the reason I was having such a problem losing weight and was actually gaining it.
Another thing…a BIG thing, actually…I got put on mood stabilizing medication.  It’s no secret that I suffer from chronic depression, anxiety, OCD, disordered eating, and hyperactivity disorder.  About 6 years ago, I finally decided to get help.  I’ve been on the same medication the whole time until the beginning of this month when my doctor changed one of my medications and it was a miracle-worker for me.  I have more energy, I’m happier in general, I’m not apathetic, I’m more motivated, I get up when I want to get up and don’t languish around wasting time. 
Decide what changes you can make that will help you achieve your fitness and health goals and then put them in motion and practice.  You will find that they are much easier than you might think they would be.

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