Week 1 : drink more water, less sugary drinks
Week 2 : use smaller plates to trick your brain into eating less. Cut out sugar foods.
This week, let’s move. And keep moving. If you are new to exercise, don’t over do it. Start small. Two to three times a week move. It doesn’t cost money, you don’t have to join a gym. However, find someone to motivate you, to do it with you. It’s hard to say I want to sleep 30 more minutes when you know someone else is waiting for you to show up to exercise with them. Just move. Exercise is a mental game. If you wake up and say I am going to walk for 30 minutes today, more times than not you will. If you wake up and say I don’t feel like doing anything today, chances are you won’t.
I have read that breaking a habit or starting a new one can take anywhere from 21 days to xxx days. I have always heard and believe in six weeks. When I first started running a lot, when I met my wife, it took about 6 weeks for me to get in the groove. Now if I start a new workout program it takes a lot less time than that and it will for you also once you get into an exercise routine habit. I also learned this from our Run For God classes. People that have a hard time running 60 seconds on the first day are able to run 3-5 minutes without stopping at the 6 week point. They all say how much easier it is getting. The point is stick with it. A lot of people start out strong then in two or three weeks they quit because they don’t see the results they think they should have.
How about moving during commercials? You are watching tv at night and commercials come on (typically 3-4 minutes in length) get up and do some jumping jacks, run in place, push ups, etc… A one hour show is typically 42-45 minutes long when you take out the commercials. That’s 15-18 minutes to move. Two hours that’s 30-36 minutes. That’s just to start. As you get stronger exercise during the show, rest during commercials. Even make it fun by doing an exercise depending on what commercial comes on. See some workouts below. Your kids can do these with you also.
From a biblical perspective, the number 40 is significant and symbolizes a period of testing, trial or probation. The number 40 is mentioned 146 times in the Bible. For the purpose of this article we will discuss the 40 days (six weeks minus two days).
It rained for 40 days and 40 nights for Noah’s ark. Moses was also on Mount Sinai for 40 days and nights. What happened when the people were tired of waiting? They started to worship a golden calf. Be patient. Transformation takes time.
The prophet Jonah powerfully warned ancient Nineveh, for forty days, that its destruction would come because of its many sins. The prophet Ezekiel laid on His right side for 40 days to symbolize Judah’s sins (Ezekiel 4:6). Elijah went 40 days without food or water at Mount Horeb. Jesus was tempted by the devil not just three times, but MANY times during the 40 days and nights he fasted just before his ministry began. He also appeared to his disciples and others for 40 days after his resurrection from the dead.
In summary, let’s move for 40 days. Be patient. You will have set backs but stick with it. It will become a habit. Your body will feel better. You won’t be as tired. Your mind will think more clearly. Remember weeks 1 and 2 :
No excuses. You can do this. You will do this. Make it simple, make it fun. Get out of your head. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
read this devotional from Proverbs 31 : http://eepurl.com/U0YzH