Start with Small Goals Now! Today is your Present Time
~ By Carol Giambri ~
Holidays are gone. Added pounds? Inches? Clothing tighter? I hate that feeling. I am going to share my decades of “yo-yo” times and what finally worked. I may not eat the same way, being a vegan, and mainly plant based raw foodie, but still weight does add on to us too. Most people don’t pray about “gaining” weight. Most want the weight loss the fast way. January is the most popular month at gyms and weight loss centers. Memberships are up this time of the year. Curves, Weight Watchers and 24 Hour Fitness are very popular now. Are you wondering if this year will different? And, weight loss prescriptions are being filled in greater numbers.
With a positive attitude you can keep your resolutions all year round. Feel comfortable changing them if you need to. And, if you fall, you didn’t “fail” if you dust yourself off and start over again. It’s all about you sticking to your resolutions. Only you can do it for you. Quitting is an option and hope not yours. Quit when it’s your last breath. Today is about living your best life until that time. You are a winner. Believe that, receive that and keep “moving.” Praise yourself every small step of the way. Whether it means you walked around the track another minute or ten. Don’t wait for others to do that. Every step forward is worth hugging yourself.
Start with a goal:
Do you drive around in your car lost or use your GPS to get to a destination? Think about your goal this way. You have to know where you are going to know if you reached your destination or at least stayed on the right “road.” Small goals are easier to conquer than large ones. It’s one step of accomplishment that excites you to take the next one. Now for exercise excuses we are going to bust through them. You can do your exercise on a low budget. A goal for a minute, hour or day is doable but starting has to be comfortable so start. Be comfortable with the goal you start with If you never ran, don’t start with a goal like at the end of this week I will be running one mile. How about running for one minute, then set the distance as you progress.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on equipment or exercise wear to get weight loss and inches to melt away. Always consult with your physician. Show up as yourself. Comfort is the name of the game. You don’t have to pay for expensive memberships or equipment. You can workout at a gym, home, at some church classes, walk inside or out and even in or outside malls. Don’t walk trails alone. Always think of “safe” first.
Guess what? You don’t have to be a fashion doll or pay a lot of money to be comfortable and look great. People donate to thrift stores and you can benefit. They have sale days. Up to now I have seen ARC 50% sales every Saturday. Tuesday too. Goodwill has Monday senior days. Retail stores like Walmart, Target, Kohl’s and others have sale racks from 60% to 90%. They are trying to move their merchandise for the next season so keep looking. You can realistically be dressed for $3.99 or less with workout fashionable pants and $3.99 for a top sometimes at thrift stores and retail ones. It may take some extra looking but worth it to me.
I prefer new shoes as it is hard to find my ideal fit. People these away too. Try them on. Look for those in great condition. Comfort is my goal. I have never been shy to return those that I thought were comfortable but turned out not to be the case. I don’t use them outside to decide that. I walk around inside only.
Where to exercise:
There are some suggestions above but if you are a Silver Sneaker member many community centers and gyms allow you in for free. Some have walking inside tracks too. You can belong to several at the same time. Your senior friends may also have some places they love. You can partner with a friend.
I love 24 Hour Fitness. Move at your own pace. There is no competition to getting fit and feeling better with your resolutions and goals. Own your own race by sticking with the goal, reaching it and then making another one to “shoot” for.
If you belong to a center or club you can use their equipment. If you are shut in for a day or most times, there are exercises you can do at home using a chair, bands, exercise tubes, weights or the EZ Gym. On ebay you can find the EZ Gym. It hangs over your door. We use it here and love it. I belong to a gym for decades so hooked on being around people who get the music and the atmosphere going when I enter the building. What about Hula Hoop?
If alone on a trail, bring along your smart phone, CD player or cassette to hear music, a sermon or talk radio. I don’t advise walking alone. You can buy walking tapes and CD’s also. You can keep it very budget wise. Your local thrift stores may have some units for sale.
The Foam Roller — your “new” friend
Got back or other aches? My friend had severe back problems. I suggested to her and others the Gaiam 36” Foam Roller. Target sells this one. It is “grey.” It is about $36. Use your Red Card for a 5% discount. Target has this free card. Get this exact kind and size. Can roll on your back, arms, legs and your entire body. Look online or see the DVD for suggestions it comes with. Always ask your doctor if in doubt. My husband and I roll daily. He’s up to walking up to 90 minutes daily outside.
Love the Senior Olympics? You may be next!
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” ~Les Brown
Carol’s Colorful Cleansing Liver Beet Salad and Dressing
Orange beets or Red beets – Grate or cut up in chunks
Fresh herbs (optional)
Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (optional) or fresh squeezed lemon
Pinch of salt
Did you get some new ways to make your New Year’s Resolutions stick for a lifetime? The journey is yours. Be healthy and happy throughout your days.
Disclosure: Carol Giambri, is a published author/copywriter, eats healthy, gardens, loves buying frugally, and exercises. Got a dog? Treat him well and healthy too. She and her husband are dog lovers. Most of her food budget is spent in the Produce Department. Carol believes you can live on a budget, be healthy and happy as best as you can each day of your life. Always remember your pets as you are their caretaker. Carol can be best through email: firstname.lastname@example.org