- Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Aim for half your body weight in ounces.
- Eat less by using smaller plates.
- Move. Don’t have to kill yourself, just move. Exercise during commercial breaks instead of sitting on the couch.
This week I will just post a couple things I have read or watched about having the courage to start. Take a look at the links.
The following article I posted (since I couldn’t find link since it was forwarded to me) :
I’m just getting back from a quick workout at the gym with my son Dave.
We did some sprints to warm up. Hit the rowing machine for 5 minutes. Then jumped into some barbell exercises.
I’m glad I can do this now, because just a few years ago, I was completely out of shape and just stepping foot in a gym was a big deal.
I was a decent athlete in highschool (nothing special) and always kept myself in pretty good shape over the years.
Lots of working on our farm and hauling stuff across the field kept me in good shape.
But everything kind of spiraled out of control for me about 5-6 years ago when I reached my heaviest point.
I was 55 lbs overweight with high blood pressure, E.D., low testosterone and numerous digestive problems.
I still remember feeling embarrassed when I went to sign up for a new gym membership.
I had my head down as I quietly asked the nice lady working the front-desk at Planet Fitness if I could buy a membership.
Part of me felt guilty.
Part of me felt embarrassed.
I was ashamed that I had let myself get so out of shape.
I still remember my first workout. I wanted to keep it simple, but even that turned out to be too much.
I walked in the gym that day planning on working out for 20 minutes. I ended up leaving after less than 5 minutes.
Not because I was frustrated or anything like that, but because I was so out of shape that I flat out couldn’t do any more.
I remember walking on the treadmill for 5 minutes, then I did about 7 push ups. After that I went over to the pull-up bar and just hung their like dead weight.
In fifth grade, I was a scrawny little 50 lb runt who knocked out 19 pull ups and held the school record.
There was a big plaque on the wall with “Jeff Reagan” embossed across it.
But that many years ago…
Now I was 50 years old, clutching the pull up bar with a death-grip, holding on for dear life.
Knocking out 1 pull up wasn’t even an option for me that day.
And I remember beating myself up over that.
But when I got home, I started to realize what I was doing to myself. And I stopped.
I realized how stupid it was to sit there and criticize myself.
I decided to just accept the fact that I was out of shape, and work on improving each session at the gym.
I had to admit to myself that I was out of shape, no matter how much I wanted to deny it.
And if I just improved a little each session, within 90 days, I would be in much better shape.
And that’s what eventually happened.
Now here’s the point I want you take from this…
No matter where you’re at on your health journey, there’s no need to beat yourself up over your past failures.
Everyone has them (I certainly do).
What matters is that you accept where you’re at right now, and you start from there.
And just by improving a little bit each day, you’ll start to notice some major changes in just a few weeks.
It’s kind of similar to how compound interest works when you save money. The earlier you get the ball rolling, the more it snowballs and the better off you’ll be.
Ok, thats it for today.
– Jeff Reagan
Founder, Patriot Health Alliance