Here’s my last bit of advice for all of us “old dogs”. Never give up and let that inner old dog return. My journey will continue each and every day because I choose to be a better version of myself. You can do that too.
The Future and What You Want From it
To recap my thoughts and suggestions. Let’s start with accepting what you’d like to see happen with these new healthy choices you’re making. Is your goal to be thinner, in better shape, a combination of both or you just want to feel healthier in general. For me, it was all of these and I hope you can choose your goal and start working towards it.
Eat Your Veggies
Healthy eating and healthy habits are essential for your journey. Remember when choosing the foods for your menus, make good choices. Lower fat foods, foods with good levels of protein, and essential vitamins and minerals should be included in your shopping list every week. Remember to select fruits and veggies while shopping. Not only for their beneficial nutrition but for the availability. It’s great having something quick and easy to include in your meal planning and for healthy snacks. Especially this time of the year, you can pick up some really good fruits and veggies at the local farmers’ markets.
Speaking of meals, get into the new habit of meal planning. I’ve been doing this for a very long time and I’m able to plan ahead for two weeks. I do make small runs to the grocery store or farmers market to pick up fresh fruits and veggies. All of the staples I need for two weeks are purchased during one grocery store trip. Try to find some new menus to experiment with or try better options for your favorite foods. Most meals can be adjusted to make healthier choices.
Reading and Writing is Fundamental
And not just for your meal planning, but for life in general, learn how to read labels! Know what you’re putting in your body.
Write down everything!! Keep a journal to record your weight every day. Include what kind of exercise you deliberately did, and how long you did it. Try to increase your exercise, for example walking, by no more than 10% to 15% each week. The goal is to get healthier not burn yourself out and give up.
Get Rid of That Negative Inner Old Dog
This is a life change, a marathon not a sprint! No one ever said it would be easy. But if you’re determined to make a change, following just these few simple steps can make such a difference in your life and possibly your longevity. No one guaranteed us a long life on this earth, but let’s not throw what life we’re giving away. I am so very thankful every day for every step I take, every meal I’m able to eat, and every breath I take. Make the most of what time you have. Be proud that you are finally doing something to make your time quality and healthy time.
You can do this, just have faith in yourself and you’ll succeed!
Remember…every day is a new day, smile and enjoy life!
Not letting your inner old dog win is about keeping a positive mind and making the permanent changes. This is one of many written by my 71-year-old mother who began transforming her health. Her journey is real and the struggles are hard, but she pushes forward every day. Here’s the first in the series! Please enjoy.
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