Well, it’s already January 5th and so far I’ve been making healthy food choices, drinking more water, and jumping rope when we’re in between plans at my parents’ house…nothing like the beginning of the year and lots of enthusiasm to keep you starting out strong! Although it doesn’t hurt when your parents essentially live in a gym and your mom’s also a personal trainer. 😉
After saying goodbye to my Boston-bound younger brother and his girlfriend and after a refreshing and challenging Sunday morning at church, I caught up on reading some blogs and enjoyed some thoughts from Susan‘s site.
I’ve been thinking about something she highlighted called the Simply Switches from The Simply Bar, and I love their concept as it relates to my not-so-resolution-y-resolution! (To recap, my “resolution” for 2011 is to do one thing a day that challenges you and makes you sweat. Again, it’s more of a simple decision to make one small change each day.) The “Simply Switches” are more of a “get real” resolution: a campaign to make health a habit, one switch at a time. More specifically, they’re small, achievable shifts in eating, exercise and lifestyle habits – simple changes that don’t require a lot of effort, but really go the distance for your health. A Simply Switch can be choosing a green tea instead of a sugary latte in the afternoon, or going to a yoga class after work instead of going home to watch TV.
This idea frames my somewhat elusive goal that I wrote about yesterday and gives it some more structure. Along those lines then, some more specifics:
Switch out coffee shop breaks for walks. Often I have small chunks of time between training clients and it could be the perfect time to enjoy a walk both for the exercise and for the mental release of breathing a bit during those breaks and focusing the rest of my day. This is an easy switch that would make a difference in my day in many different ways; I’m already excited to try it out when I head home and begin training again next week!
Switch out evening internet time for book reading. Although this one’s not fitness-related, I do think it will help me live a healthier life if I spend time enjoying some thoughtful books and digging into God’s Word rather than simply cruising the internet. I want to build myself up in every way, not just physically, and this is one thing that will probably help me sleep easier too!
Switch outreheated cups of afternoon coffee for cups of green tea. I drink coffee because I love it (all my coffee drinkers out there: it’s an experience, isn’t it? Way more than just a beverage. ;)), not for the caffeine purposes (I’ve never felt affected by it). So when I want something warm in the afternoon, I often grab a small cup of coffee. But the caffeine in green tea releases slower into your bloodstream than it does from coffee and is great for your metabolism. This is a simple switch with many modd and body-boosting benefits and an easy one to make!
Switch out junk food for more veggies. Truth be told, I don’t eat very much “junk,” but after baking and having leftovers hang around the house, I know that they are the easy option to reach for. I’ve noticed since I’ve been home that there simply aren’t options like these (remember – living in a gym means no oven!), so I’ve either not snacked or had to get more creative with my options, which is great! Any food switches around the house you can make, too?
Those are just a few examples that come to mind, but I’d love to hear from you: What’s a simple switch you can make in your life today? This week? For the year? I’m so motivated by daily challenges, so I like to focus on one thing at a time, one day at a time, and work on staying consistent. Some of you may be able to make some changes in your life as you look at the whole year ahead. But either way, stick to it! Do one thing today to push yourself. Add 5 minutes of jumping rope to the end of your workout, no matter how wiped out you are. Add carrots to your lunch today instead of that “100 calorie snack bag” – the more real food the better! Take the stairs when you could all too easily ride the elevator. And know that each simple switch you make is moving you in the right direction.
I’m sore today – some good workouts this week with my mom’s bootcamp have helped get me back in the groove! It feels great, and I’m reminded that you always feel better when you dig deep, work hard, and move.