(Thanks to all for the HYC Love! You all inspire me to make the next week as excellent as possible, and I appreciate you for it!)
I’m caught up on all the Mr. Linky’s I could access, and I’m impressed by how many successes (on the scale and off) there were this week. Plus, many of you are using an “up week” to learn and grow, and isn’t that what this is all about?
In a few areas of fitness land, I’m reading discouragement and a sense of being…sort of lost, and that breaks my heart. There’s not a one of us here who hasn’t gone through the exact same thing, though in all likelihood, in various and sundry ways, and we’ll likely have dips and trips in the future. I wish I had some magic words to help those of you who do feel like you’re struggling, but I’m sad and sorry to say I just don’t.
So, I went and found somebody else’s words! LOL A great post arrived in my email today from sparkpeople, and I knew as soon as I saw the title, it would be linked on my blog tonight!
(Do they have our number, or what! )
I’m not going to list all of the tips and tricks. You can check out the article for that. I highly recommend it because they have neat links to supporting how-to type articles for additional assistance.
But here are my faves, the things that have worked very well for me:
1. Try a short workout. Even five minutes is better than nothing. For ideas browse our video library or workout generator.
3. Eat a healthy breakfast. Your morning meal sets the stage for the rest of your day, so start if off right! Get lots of breakfast ideas here.
4. Drink your water. Try to aim for 8 cups each day and you’ll feel the difference!
6. Track your food today. No matter how it adds up, you’ll learn from it.
10. Find a buddy. Get support from friends, whether you need someone to listen or a mentor to give you ideas and encouragement. (Cammy note: If you’re here via the HYC, you’ve already made a great step in this direction!)
14. Check the nutrition facts before you go out to eat. That way, you can make an informed choice. (Cammy note: The only bookmark I’ve added to my iPhone is the mobile calorie-count.com link. I can now check from my table at the restaurant. Waitstaff will loathe me for it, but my belly fat is depending on it! LOL)
22. Eat a piece of fruit. Even if 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables sounds impossible to you, one is doable.
25. Learn something new. Sometimes simply taking a quiz or reading an article about nutrition, fitness, or health can change your mindset and get you back on track.
There are lots of other good tips and links in the article, but as I said, I can personally attest to the healing powers of these few items. Try one or two or six of them, and keep yourself moving forward even when you can’t make the scale move downward. You can do this!