4. Groove and Move – Some people are more sedentary than other people, just by preference. Maybe you love hiking and mountain trekking. Or maybe your favorite idea of fun is just to curl up on the couch and read a book. Whatever your preference, you can certainly find some kind of movement you enjoy.
Think about it: the options are endless! Do you enjoy rollerblading? Hiking? Just getting outside on a beautiful day for a walk? How about kick-boxing? Downhill skiing? Swimming? Brake dancing with your blinds shut so the neighbors can not see? Whatever it is, if it gets your body moving, then do it! And do it regularly!
6. Get a Buddy – Sometimes this is easier said than done. But think about it. Do you have a family member or friend who is a little heavy and has ever mentioned, even in an offhand way, the desire to lose weight? If so, go talk to this person and just tell them that you’re planning to lose some weight.
See if they want to join you, and talk about ways you can Encourage one another in reaching your goals. There’s nothing as encouraging as having a friend to help you along in the journey!
7. Identify “Bad” vs. “Good” foods – How well do you really know what’s healthy for you? I found that when it comes to making food choices, a little education can go a long way. I looked through my cupboards and fridge, writing everything down, then went online to research whether or not I was eating as healthfully as I could.
Boy, did I learn something! Researching the foods that were a regular part of my diet helped my identify which ones were “empty” calories (basmati rice, white pasta just to name a couple) and which ones I could stand to eat a lot more of (like tuna and dark green leaf lettuce). Based on what I read, I felt more informed in making eating decisions.
Original Article by A. Kalyani