This comes at an appropriate time due to it being the new year of 2012. I shall start this post with a brief background of myself. The biggest detail is that I am naturally a skinny twig. I am very tall and extremely long and skinny. No, I am not anorexic or bulimic; I am naturally built this way from a defect in my genes and with a high metabolism. Also, my whole life I’ve been a sports enthusiast and I love to workout. I have an obsession with health/medical science, as well. Now, there’s my background, so it’ll help with this post a bit.
I eat right and exercise not to lose or maintain weight, I do it because it is a necessity of life to stay healthy and in shape, despite one’s size. I do not need weight on me to have motivation to eat what my body needs, have a healthy heart, intelligent mind, and strong muscles. By doing so, it can lead to a longer life, and a more fulfilling one at that! By living a healthy life, you will notice a hop in your step, a quicker mind, and you will notice that you are more attentive and awake during the day.
How do I do it? [Mentally/Physically]
My motivation is stated above. To add to that motivation, the jobs and activities I am involved in help, as well. I am a firefighter, so that is an obvious reason, and an EMT (have to be able to lift a whole lot more than you would imagine as well as make it through very long, and sometimes busy shifts. One must always be ready physically and most definitely mentally at a drop of a dime). Plus, I am busy with a couple jobs and go from one job/activity to the next nonstop. More motivation comes from the fact that though I was lucky to be born without worrying about weight, good always comes with bad, so I have numerous health issues I have to be careful with.
I am a very busy person, so the question is, where do I find the time? Well, for one, even though I am always in a hurry to eat, I never resort to fast food other than Subway. I always MAKE time for meals, if anything at least breakfast. Breakfast, no matters what, is never skipped, and is always my biggest, and highest attempt-to-be-healthy meal. As precious and rare sleep is to me, I make sure I wake up an extra thirty minutes earlier just to allow time to make and eat breakfast. Many days, I find myself having two breakfasts. I’ll have a main breakfast, and have a quick cereal bar, or something small an hour later. Breakfast fuels the mind and body for the day, and allows the most amount of time for the body to burn off extra carbohydrates, which, is what a breakfast should mostly be of, by the way. As for the other meals, I hardly have the time or money for them, so I at least try to have a yogurt or applesauce, or something! Foods like fruit or yogurt are also very on-the-goable.
As for finding the time to exercise/workout, wellllllllll, okay, I haven’t been able to do that at all lately, sadly, and it bothers me greatly. In all reality, I am on my feet all the time, even at my jobs, so it’s not too terrible. I have a free fitness room in my fire station that is quite amazing, but I can’t even make it there anymore. What I do, is at least find time to do some quick exercises and workouts in my own bedroom. Plus, I find little ways to do so throughout the day. I will do calf raises anywhere and everywhere I can, even in the shower, cooking food, or brushing my teeth. When I go up steps, I try to push up as hard as I can with my feet to the next step, and go down the steps bending my legs greatly. I also dance around to music getting ready to go places. Yes, it’s weird, but I’m telling ya, it works! (I wouldn’t confess this embarrassing stuff if it didn’t) If you sit at a desk all day, there are tons of ways to stay moving in your chair, believe it or not, so no excuses. I also try to plan out days off just to squeeze in time to devote that day exercise. Yes, a day off should be a day off, but for me it never is, and with a little will-power, and change of mind, you too can force yourself into finding at least an hour on a day off or weekend, or after/before work for some cardio/strengthening.
Something I am very proud of is the fact that I am a nutrition label readaholic! I could care less about the sugar, and fat, and all that jazz, I care mostly about the ingredients, and what nutritional values a food contains. I do actually care about the amount of sodium, but that’s what I check last. I never notice people reading labels. I know people do for allergies, and there are people out there that do take the time to quickly check the calories, but that’s about it. I take pride in the fact that I spend time to care about what’s going into my body, and how much value it has. I suggest for people that have to watch their weight to care about the entire label, but for me, that’s not a concern fortunately. Get into the habit, people! Trust me, it’s not that horrible. Think about it, most of the time, you buy the same foods/drinks over and over again, so once you read it once or twice, you won’t have to each time you buy it. After a while, you’ll be able to open your pantry and fridge, look at something, and know at the top of your head what it contains and how good it is for you.
I am human, so I do like snacking, especially since I can snack to my stomach’s content freely. I rarely do, since I know it’s doing terrible things on the inside, though it’s not showing on the outside. When I do snack, I try to have healthy snacks. I was delighted to have found a Cheerio version of chex mix. Not to say it is a health snack, but a healthier version of it. You too can do that. Don’t deprive yourself of snacks, you’ll only drive yourself insane and reach a breaking point eventually. Try yummy fat-free versions of snacks, or do something like a frozen yogurt over icecream. You get where I’m going with this, so try it.
The best thing that I have ever done is deciding to be almost entirely fast food free. I go to Subway and occasionally go to KFC/Chick Fil a, but that’s it. I noticed I have a whole lot more energy, mind clarity, and better hair and skin. If you can kick fast food and soda, you will shed pounds and feel amazing and able to accomplish a lot more. Both fast food and pop are major killers. Start with that, but gradually, because it’ll be tough and tempting. To me, after so long, I now see and smell fast food and feel disgusted by it. Yucky!
Something that I HAVE to throw out there, is to STOP DRINKING DIET ANYTHING! Instead of sugar, they put more harmful ingredients in your drink that are full of chemicals. Plus, if you’re going to drink something, then just drink it! If you’re so concerned about it to the point you’re grabbing a diet version, don’t drink it!!!! OH! and having a #1 with fries that is biggie sized with a diet pop is entirely a waste. Everyone that orders a shitty fast food meal and thinks they’re making up for it with a large diet pop, should be shot. I once took a picture at a restaurant of each packet of sugar they offered on their tables. Notice how the first packet doesn’t even need a back because it just lists sugar (in two languages) as its only ingredient. The other two has the ingredients used to mimic sugar and the values of them. I didn’t need to zoom because just seeing the difference without reading is what I want to put my point across. Hope it scares you a little bit the next time you reach for some sugar. The importance is that what you’re putting in your body is pure, no that it’s less calories but’ll screw you up on the inside. Again, if you’re to the point where you are going for diet or sugar substitutes, just don’t consume that food or drink all together, PLEASE!
In the end, it’s all about will power, smarts, and know-how. If you truly want to get healthy, lose weight, feel better about yourself, you WILL. You may tell yourself you do a thousand times, and even make it your New Year resolution, but just because you’re telling yourself something, doesn’t mean that your mind and heart are behind what you think and hear.
Just because I am not losing weight or have lost a ton to be an inspiration, I am in another way. I live a life of health and exercise without what people consider to be a motivation. To me, that’s even more motivating. I am full of tips, tricks, and know-how, so never hesitate to send questions my way or ask for more advice! Goodluck to everyone out there trying to better themselves inside and out. Remember, it’s what’s on the inside that matters the most, even if you are not seeing results on the outside, in pant size, or on the scale, it doesn’t mean there isn’t any. It’ll be slow and painful, but your body will thank you!