Congratulations! If you are reading this, I know you are on your way to a healthier you and I am coming right along beside you, kicking my butt in gear to do what I know I should but haven’t for too long. A healthy mama is a mama who has more energy and more passion about all she does. That’s what I want for myself and that’s what I want for you.
So with so much information out there, how do you know what to do? There are promises everywhere that this trick or that pill guarantees weight loss or this miracle ingredient will supercharge your life. As someone who has studied the body and health since I was a teenager in hopes of fighting off the multiple diseases and obesity that I’m genetically predisposed to, I’ve learned two things:
One, there is no substitute for hard work.
And two, when money is a motivator, be wary of the integrity of information being given. There are definitely reputable companies passing on great info, but it’s wise to determine if truth or profit is ruling.
That being said, there are absolutely tried and true ways to boost health, increase energy, and be your personal best. Our bodies are the most amazing machines in the world and when they are fueled and exercised properly, we will look and feel our best.
Before we get to the do’s and don’ts of healthy living though, we first must start with the right perspective. Our attitude determines our success in just about every arena in life and our health is no different.
The right attitude will lead to greater success as well as greater joy in the journey to that success, so let’s get that right first.
1- Decide you can! It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve started and quit. It doesn’t matter how many pounds you’ve lost and gained. Today is a new day and a new start and I know you can do it.
2- Grab hold of the right goal. Toss the “Get skinny quick” notion in the trash and never dig it out again. Optimal weight is important but optimal health is the goal and when that is achieved, optimal weight follows. So set your sights on the long haul and don’t quit if you don’t see instant success.
3- Be accountable to someone. Accountability is a vital key to every new behavior. Consider this. Suppose your children are learning to play piano. No matter how much they desire to be great, no matter how determined they are to play their favorite song, they will soon lose heart with no one stirring their passion or ensuring they make the effort to keep trying. Tell someone today. I’m telling all of you on the other side of this screen. YIKES!!!
4- Remember, you are uniquely you. I can’t say it enough. Please don’t compare yourself to anyone but you. You are no cookie-cutter creation. You are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Seek your best body, mind, and heart. It is more than enough.
You are not here by accident. You were made for great things. Your children were made for great things. And I want you to have the strength and confidence to walk in all that you were purposed for.
So here we go. Next time I’ll try to simplify all the info and pick a starting place of great foods to put in your body and some junk to toss out. It’s been said that “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I’m taking my single step right now. I’d love your company.