I have never exactly been a fitness guru, but now that I’m creeping up in age, I’m in worse shape than I’ve ever been in my life. But, just because I’m 54, doesn’t mean I have to give up, right? I constantly think about leading a healthier lifestyle and sometimes make a half-ass (excuse the language) effort, but now, I’m ready to get serious. Today, I’m sharing some of the steps I’ve implemented (though, we’ll see how long I stick with them…), some of the changes I want to make, and I’m asking you to share your tips.
The steps I’m implementing (or plan to implement) so far…
- Accountability: Last year, I started a private Facebook group with just myself, my sister and two friends. We were to post what we eat each day, the amount of water we drink, and the amount of exercise we perform. It only lasted a little while and we all faded away. I have restarted it, and it’s been very helpful so far. We also post encouraging memes and sayings and so forth. Honestly, if I know I’m going to have to share what I eat with others, I’m a little more cautious about my choices.
- Better choices: For convenience, I too often have a habit of grabbing fast food. I am working on that, and when I do choose fast food, I am choosing things like Chick fil a’s grilled chicken wrap (delish!), and other lower-calories options.
- Zeal Wellness: I don’t know if you’ve heard of this, but my sister is doing it and she has lost 80 plus pounds in the last 6 months or so. She exercises regularly and feels better than she has in years. She was also able to get off of some of the medications she’s been on. (I posted before and after pics below. She’s my youngest sister, but she was in very precarious health, and is so much better now). I am trying the Zeal also. I don’t expect miracles, but if it can give me a little boost of energy and help me feel better, it’s worth a shot.
- Exercise: I have a Blue Cross/Blue Shields gym benefit, where, for $27 a month, I can work out at almost any gym, any time. I’ve been paying that for a while and have yet to utilize it. I have trouble making myself get up early in the morning and go work out. By the time I get off from my day job, I am not in the mood and do not have the energy to work out. I am working to change that and will either MAKE myself get up earlier, or speak with my bosses about taking a long lunch and working out then.
- Early to Rise: My regular time to get up for the day job is 7 a.m. Over the years, periodically, I have been able to make myself get up at 5 a.m., which give me two hours to write and/or exercise. (I think I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but now, it has to do with fitness AND writing…) This is a step I have not yet implemented, but that is my plan. I’m hoping the Zeal will help give me the energy to do that.
Here is recipe for Edamame Salad, a yummy, easy, healthy snack, side dish, or you can eat it in a wheat wrap:
-1 Bag of shelled edamame (you can find them in the frozen food aisle)
-1 Can of white shoepeg corn
-1 Can of black beans (rinsed)
-1 Can of garbanzo beans/chick peas (rinsed)
-7-10 Small sweet peppers
-Juice of 3/4 of a lime
-1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil
-Garlic powder & kosher salt to taste
Mix it all together. I might try adding a few other things, such as capers, purple onions, cucumbers.
My sister before and after:
She was admitted to the hospital for a few days after a scary ER trip for her heart a year ago. Can you believe the difference?
What do you do to stay fit and healthy? How do you find time? What are some healthy recipes/foods you eat?
I live alone, so there is no one to cook for other than myself (my daughter is moving in with me for a few months, but she’s almost 30 and will do her own thing), so I am searching for healthy, quick and easy meals I can eat/prepare when I’m not in the mood to make much of an effort. J
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