I’m complying a list of good resources for people who are vegan curious in regards to the meat industry. If you are vegan (or even if your not) and you have a book suggestion or documentary, please feel free to leave it in the comments. And stay tuned, later today I’ll be posting more on the subject, long with a great big giant list of resources that will help you understand what is going on with the meat industry.
Moving your body does so much, not just for your health, but your mind. As a diabetic, moving is one of the KEYS to controlling your blood sugar numbers. And if you are overweight, you are going to have to get up and get moving, if you want weight loss, and if you want to have a decent looking body under all that fat you shed.
Until then, let’s talk about another health related thing… Working out. Chances are that if you are thinking about going vegan for health reasons you are doing so because you want to lose a few pounds. Going on a plant based diet will definitely help with the weight loss, I know first hand! Since going vegan I’ve gone down 6 sizes, not to mention the diabetes thing being in control. But I want to encourage you today, to really start a work out routine.
I walked into a gym about a year ago. I was TERRIFIED. But I knew that moving my body would be key to me getting healthy.
I quickly signed up with a trainer, who was amazing. She was definitely the Jillian Michaels – with a big smile, and a no BS attitude. And she had every right to not take any of my excuses, because she herself had lost 150 pounds. It’s hard to complain to someone who is standing in front of you, perfectly healthy wearing close fitting work out clothes, who once weighed about what you weigh, and complain.
I quickly learned the key to working out is to do it. I mean, simple, right? I found out that working out was really addicting, I loved finding new ways to push myself. I loved the feeling that I got when I lifted one more pound, walked another half mile, punched a boxing bag one more time than the day before. It is, to me one of the best ways to build self confidence. So with that being said, here are my 11 ways to start moving your ass, and losing it!
1. No one cares what you look like.
One of my biggest fears about going into the gym, or walking outside in work out clothes, or going for a swim, or running on a beach? What people thought of me. I soon realized, that I am just not that important. People have better things to do than to look at me and watch me work out. And really, if they are? Who cares? I soon got over myself and was able to conquer the fear.
2. Commit to 10 minutes a day.
When I started working out I decided I was going to just form the habit. Even if it meant going to the gym for 10 minutes, walking for 10 minutes, jogging in place for 10 minutes. Whatever it was, I committed to doing something 10 minutes a day. We all have 10 minutes. And I can assure you that if you can do 10 minutes, chances are you will want to do more. But for now, if you haven’t started a work out routine? 10 minutes.
3. You are stronger than you give yourself credit for.
I am over 100 pounds overweight. When I started working out a lot, I was 60 pounds heavier. My trainer taught me one very important lesson about my body: all of that weight I’m carrying around? It’s not easy for my body, and I have LOTS of muscles that support that weight. Granted, they are all hidden by lots of fat on top, but hey, they are there, underneath, and they want to be used. If you are overweight, you have muscle, and you are a lot stronger than you think you are. It’s ok to push yourself – try things like running, jumping, squats, jump rope. Walking is great, but really? That’s easy on your body, it’s good to work those muscles that you have.
4. Change it up.
If you do the same thing every day and expect it to keep working the same way, you will not get results. As I said, walking is great, but it’s not going to do much in the end for you. Try adding things like, walking backwards, a few lunges, some squats to your walking routine at first. Get a work out video on kick boxing, take a dance class, sign up for an exercise class at the gym, changing up your work out will greatly improve your calorie burning. 🙂
5. Enough already with excuses.
If you are reading my blog right now, you have time to work out (caught you!) We are so good at coming up with excuses, but really, there are not many that are good ones. You need to take care of yourself, and doing that means you are going to have to start moving. Every time you come up with an excuse not to move, push through it and come up with 10 reasons why it would be a good idea to do so. Start with “Because I care about my body” and go on from there.
6. If you can, get a trainer or coach.
The best thing I did was to find a coach and a trainer. I really thrive on encouragement, and feeling accountable to someone. If you can’t do that, partner up with someone! Find co-workers or friends that will work out with you, and who you have a REGULAR schedule with, so that you can keep yourself in check.Another thing that you can do is giving someone money. No, I’m not kidding. Give a friend or coach, or even close family member an amount of money that you would REALLY like to see back in your pocket. I gave my coach and friend a couple hundred dollars, to keep myself accountable to my goals. If I didn’t keep those goals? I’d be out that money, and that is NOT something I wanted. Give a check for an amount that you would be really upset to lose, to a friend and tell them that if you do not meet your goals, or stay on track with a goal list that you have committed to, to take your money. *You can also have them donate it if you like. If you keep up with your goal set? And you earn that money back? Do something for YOU with it.
7. Don’t let negative people get to you.
I kept my working out a secret for a LONG time from anyone I thought would be negative about it in anyway. I was working out for ME not for them, and I was doing it for MY health.
8. Have fun! Working out does not have to be boring.
Take a dance class, put fun music on, take a strip tease class, get some boxing gloves and go to town on a punching bag! My favorite things to burn calories were things I had fun doing. My personal favorites? Boxing! I LOVE punching a boxing bag – with my pink boxing gloves. I also took water aerobics, which was a lot of fun and therapeutic for my muscles, Zumba, hip hop, circuit training, and kick boxing.
9. Reward yourself! NOT WITH FOOD.
Really, can someone explain the logic of eating a big dessert as a reward for working out? Reward yourself with small things as you meet small goals. I would buy 1 I-tunes song for every hour I worked out. This proved costly, as I was working out 4 hours a day, most days, but it was a really good motivator at first. Trips to the hair salon, a massage, bubble bath, new clothes, all can be great rewards for making your goals.
10. Write down your goals and why you want to work out.
Go ahead, get a pen right now, and write down every thing you would like to be able to do. Go wild. If you would love to one day finish a 5K, write it down, heck, if you want to finish a marathon write it down! Write down all of the reasons that you want to move, and all of the goals and dreams you have in regards to moving you body. Feel free to share in the comments if you like!
Another thing to write down? All of your fears. Write down ALL of the reasons you DON’T want to work out. And then right next to them, write out what you can do to conquer or move past those fears. Write out your “Worst case scenario” list.
11. Know that you have every thing you need RIGHT NOW.
You do not need to delay any longer, you have all of the knowledge and power you need, this very second to start your work out routine. You can do this, and you are completely powerful enough.
In saying all of this – I have a personal goal that I am really wanting to achieve. I want to be able to work out EARLY in the morning as my first work out. I’ve had the hardest time doing this. But, no more excuses. For the next 3 weeks I am going to wake up early and work out before I go on with my day. After three weeks, I will see if it is something that really does make a difference, and if it is something that I enjoy as much as I think I will. If you are looking for a little bit of encouragement, why not join me? If you want to be part of my 3 week – get my ass out of bed challenge, just leave a comment, and we’ll go from there. There might even be a prize at the end. So who is with me? Who wants to get up early and work out?