For the last several years, I have been a habitual starter. All gung ho on day 1 and then within two weeks, everything fizzled, my motivation was gone and it would be weeks or even months before the cycle started again. But, in early December at my latest Endocrinologist appt, everything changed and I have been making small, but permanent changes to my every day routines and I am finally starting to see a difference.
As a Diabetic, and an insulin resistant one at that, I inject insulin two times a day, for those that do not know, insulin is a fat storing hormone, which makes it incredibly difficult to lose weight. My scale may not budge much, but the internal changes are happening! Two months ago, my fasting blood sugar numbers were between 130-150 and as of the last week or so, I’m waking up with fasting numbers ranging from 90-100.
1. Find your tribe. Last year, I joined a fit squad on Facebook (contact Becky from Olives ‘n Wine for more information). Posting my workouts there keeps me motivated and I also post daily on Instagram. Are we IG friends? You can follow me HERE
2. Find workouts you WANT to do! This is huge, if you are dreading your workouts, you won’t want to do them!
I use cathe.com and there are currently over 300 different workouts to do and if you also buy Cathe Live (it’s $19.99 a month for everything), you have access to a live workout every Thursday morning, which is then recorded and you can view it at any time. This is the best $20 I spend on myself every month. 100% worth it!
3. Get moving! I used to be a Fitbit girl, but after many,many technical issues, I switched to the Garmin Forerunner last June. I love that it tracks my all day activity, is a step tracker, and also a GPS for when we do venture out for walks. This also gives me a daily step goal to hit every day and I don’t go to bed until I hit that number.
4. Drink enough water to drown a fish. Even when my food choices aren’t the best and I’m otherwise feeling blah, I make sure that I get enough water in every day. It really does make a huge difference!
5. Let go of perfection. The one thing that used to bring me down was “messing up” and splurging and then thinking that I would have to wait to get back on track. I now know that food is not good or bad, it’s just food. I don’t restrict foods, but as a Diabetic, I definitely have to moderate carb-heavy foods. That being said, if I know we’re going out for pizza or mexican (my favorite!), I will make sure to have less carby foods through out the day so I don’t completely kill my blood sugar levels for the day.
That’s it. Five simple steps to get you started on your own health journey!!