I've been inspired (by fellow bloggers, my sister-in-law Chelsea who looks absolutely amazing after running a marathon and the recent Swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated) to get into shape...and stay that way. I've been wanting to do something for a long time, to change my lifestyle that is, and I think by saying that I'm going to do it on here will help me keep it up. I'm not down on myself or anything, I just know how I can be and the fact that I'm so far from it is irritating to me. Anyway...I'm making a game plan. I know I can do it! Here's some things I'm going to work on from Eatbetteramerica.com.
*Take a moment. Settle down in a place where you can enjoy a relaxing meal without distraction. Not on a TV tray. Not at your work desk. Instead, sit at a table in a pleasant, quiet atmosphere--whether that's in your dining room or outdoors on a deck.
Make each mouthful an event.
*Pay attention to every sensation: what the food looks like, what it smells like, the texture of each bite, and, of course, the taste.
*Turn off the distractions. No TV, newspaper, or magazine. Only soothing music or light conversation.
*Lose track of time. When we eat mindfully, we appreciate what we eat, it usually takes longer, and we may eat less. A bowl of ice cream can take 20 minutes to eat!
*Find opportunities for movement--they're everywhere. Whenever possible, take advantage of chances to be more active. Always park at the back of parking lots, and seek out stairwells. Instead of making lunch plans with a friend, plan a walk. When you invite friends over for a visit, invite them to play outdoor games instead of only to eat dinner. If you work in an office, take a two-minute break every hour--climb stairs, do jumping jacks, try pushups or sit-ups, or just walk briskly around the perimeter of your office area. Do any activity to get your body moving and your blood flowing.