This will be my third post dealing with lifestyle and fitness. This blog post title also happens to be my Twitter handle. Now, I really like the Nike slogan – Just Do It, but how often do we actually start something and never finish? This happens with many things like crafts, organization projects, eating goals, workouts, etc. I know I am not alone in this. I have always been the type of person to finish what I start. I seldom, if ever, quit. It’s just not in my nature.
When thinking of fitness and being healthy you really just have to do it – as the Nike slogan suggests. You’ll always be making changes to what you eat and how you workout. This time last year, I wasn’t doing the workouts I am now and I definitely wasn’t eating all the foods either. Last year, I was more concerned with calories in vs. calories out and not what those calories contained (ie. a 7″ banana has 105 calories verses a Fiber One Brownie has 90 calories). If it were me last year, I would have eaten the Fiber One Brownie because it had, technically, less calories and tasted good. Now, I would most definitely go for the banana because my body needs those nutrient-dense unprocessed foods. My body works better because I fuel it better. It’s like a car, you need oil and you won’t put in nasty oil either.
So with exercise, you need to just finish the workout. There are plenty of YouTube workout videos out there to satisfy your needs and desires. There are 5-minute ones and even ones for those who are just starting to workout. There are definitely more advanced out there too. The thing that you need to do though is… Finish it. Don’t give up. First, be like Nike and JUST DO IT. Then be like me and JUST FINISH IT.
Benefits of REGULAR exercise: (3-6 times a week)
- Boosts energy
- Reverses the detrimental effects of stress
- Lifts depression
- Builds self-esteem and improves body image
- Reduces risk of dying prematurely from heart disease and others from lack of exercise
- Aides in reducing blood pressure
- Helps control weight
- Build muscles to help you move better
- Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints
- Prevent cognitive decline and sharpen brain memory
- Helps control addiction
- Inspire others
- Wards off viruses and other sicknesses
- Detoxifies body
- Reduces body fat
- Boosts decision making skills
A long with my last blog post… When I tell people today, that I used to be fat in high school, they look at me like I am crazy. It’s true. I was. I sometimes I still see the same person in the mirror. I’ve lived with that person for like 6 years. It’s hard for her to leave when I look in the mirror. To continue on with my previous posts about my lifestyle changes, I’ll now be writing about how I first started to lose weight.
Usually they say that students who go to college gain 15 pounds (freshman 15). I was neither a freshman, nor did I have the room to carry more weight on me. Haha. When I lived in Provo, UT, I was south of campus. I had a lot of walking to do. From this experience, I truly believe in walking and the good it can do for you. I would walk to and from campus a couple times a day. And I was a pretty busy college girl. I had a goal of finishing in two years, so I took full loads of classes. Anyways, on my way to one of my classes every other morning, I had to walk up these huge steps! I had a roommate that I would walk with and she was skinny and in shape. This gave me motivation to keep up with her and just tackle the steps. After a month of two of college, I noticed my pants were fitting a little looser. When I went home for Thanksgiving (2008), people even noticed I had lost some weight.
People noticing actually gave me more motivation on my journey to becoming more healthy. When I got back to school, I decided my major would be in Public Health. I decided that would be my major because it was one of the only majors that I had a lot of prerequisites done for and I would be able to finish by 2010. I just wanted to get my BS degree, but I am very glad I majored in it. It motivated me even more to become healthy since I’d feel like a hypocrite if I didn’t practice what I believed. I didn’t even realize that I was becoming motivated, but around spring time the following year. I had been walking a lot around campus and drinking more water. That is really how it all started.
I also have another roommate, who loved to cycle and run. One day, when all my roomies were gone, I decided to lace up my gym shoes and try it out. OH. MY. GOSH. I didn’t last long at all! But I did it. I ran from my apartment to the train tracks, which was about 10 minutes. That was my goal – to run to the tracks. I don’t even think it was even a mile. Then I walked back. I was an athlete in high school, I played volleyball and softball, but this was a whole different type of workout. I was so sore the next day too. But I kept doing it.
Eventually I started looking at calories and what I should be eating. It was the simple things, like looking at saturated and trans fats. Also looking at volume in regards to calories. I like staying full. This was now my second semester in college. I went home for the summer and I was about a size 8. I used to be a 14! I started running more and taking time to do so in the morning. I was running about 15-30 minutes. Not much, but then when I went back to school, I started running 3 miles daily with 5 miles on the weekend.
Basically, I didn’t even know I started loosing weight during my first semester. Then during my second semester, I decided to lace up my shoes, run, and carry water with me everywhere. Then during my first summer off, I started running a little more. It started slow with me, but the weight came off fast. Just these little lifestyle changes really made the difference.