How can you tell?

19 Jul

How do you know when you are really starting to make changes for a healthier life?  Here’s a few ways I can tell…

1.  CUTTING OUT THE BAD STUFF:  I haven’t had any alcohol, caffeine  or junk food over the past 24 days of my program.  Just a few short weeks ago I would’ve thought of this as some sort of torture.  You would’ve had to lock me in a bunker and cut off the outside world to make this happen!  Today however, I feel happier, healthier, and much more energetic.  Not to mention, excited that I’m able to cut out some vices.  Don’t get me wrong though, this doesn’t mean I’ll never have a beer or cocktail again, but maybe I’ll limit them to special occasions only. 

2.  SMART SNACKING:  Last night I was starving and kept walking into the kitchen opening and closing the cupboards and fridge to find something to tide me over.  Normally, this would’ve led me to cookies, chips or maybe even another full meal.  But, last night, I was good…and I was proud of myself!  What a great feeling.  I opted for a healthy snack and whipped up 4 egg whites with a little fat-free shredded cheese and a dollop of natural peanut butter on the side to curb my sweet craving.  It was delicious, nutritious and didn’t leave me feeling weighed down or guilty.

3.  SHARING THE WEALTH:  I have been so lucky to have a husband who knows so much about nutrition and exercise.  He has helped me learn a lot and now I get to share that knowledge.  I am asked all the time by coworkers or family members what they can do to shed a few pounds, put on muscle, or just be all around healthier.  It is my pleasure to be able to provide them with the same information that has been helping me so much.  In fact, I’ve enjoyed this so much that I’m looking into becoming a personal trainer – and very excited to take on this challenge.  I am going to start with my first victim client before being certified however, because it’s my sister.  Hopefully she’ll let me post her progress on here too!  (fingers crossed)

4.  CRAVING KNOWLEDGE:  It was recently that a friend turned me on to reading blogs and now I can’t stop.  Initially, I just read any type of blog but now I am constantly searching for fitness blogs.  I want to know what works for people.  I want to learn new recipes.  I want to learn new exercises and routines.  I want to learn IT ALL!!!  I spend a lot of time on various websites dedicated to clean eating, lifting weights, training programs, etc.  It’s turning into my obsession passion – I’ve gotta say, I think it’s a good one!  🙂

What are the telltale signs that show you have begun a healthier lifestyle?

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One Response to “How can you tell?”

  1. Dawn July 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM #

    Of course you can post my progress and failings. Hopefully it will keep me motivated to keep going in the right direction so that no one see’s my failings 🙂 So let’s get started!!!!

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