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What are the hand full of healthy steps that you take on a daily basis?

Ashley - posted on 11/14/2008 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Thank goddess there's awareness spreading for healthy kids/healthy lifestyle! More power to all those proactive in a child's life.....the future of our world! Together we can embrace mother earth & utilize the fruits we have been so blessed to receive! What are the hand full of healthy steps that you take on a daily basis? If we all share this small bit of helpful info.....the world little by little can make a make a BIG difference, not only in the lives of those that read it but all those who cross our path.

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Yes, it is the little things we do for ourselves each day that make a difference over a lifetime.

We know what we are supposed to do, but doing it is a challenge!

90% of human decisions are based on emotions, THEN we try to justify our decisions after the fact. Ever see the cartoon that says "Potato chips aren't rubbery & blubbery like fat, they're crispy & crunchy like lettuce, which proves they're diet food!"?

Sometimes we have a habit of wanting to fool our minds, but we cannot food our bodies, and sooner or later it catches up with us.

None of us do the right thing all the time.

And the scariest word in the English language is... CHANGE.

Well, change goes over well politically... and change is good when we're talking about someone ELSE!

Before we change we have to think about it, and sometimes we talk ourselves out of it!

Especially since most people have very busy schedules.

I ask myself, "What fits my busy schedule better, exercising one hour a day or being dead 24 hours a day?"

So there are things we can do to set ourselves up for success...

I think most people know they should be eating more veggies, fruits, low fat milk and whole grains and eating less high fat meats and white flour baked goods.

You can find really good information at www.mypyramid.gov

Moms are the busiest people on earth and often we are too tired to exercise and some chocolate or ice cream is the treat that helps us recover from a stressful day at work.

(stressed- desserts- there is a connection there! :)

I think that before we can change behaviors we need to change our attitudes- me too!!!!

So here's what I'm working on...



Be honest with yourself!

Limit 'trigger' foods (I LOVE tortilla chips! We only buy them for company get togethers so I can have a few without losing my mind over them!)

Remember that there are no short cuts- we must balance calories in and calories out or we gain weight. Hydroxy cut and Hoodia & all those ads for diet aids in magazines("Eat all you want and lose weight without exercise!") are a crock.

The law of Balancing Calories is like the law of Gravity. You can't jump to the moon- gravity keeps pulling us back down, but while trying you might burn a few calories- lol!



Be kind to yourself- tell yourself positive things.

Sometimes we women are so mean to ourselves and self-destructive!

We all have days when we give in & splurge- don't beat yourself up about it and use it as an excuse to eat everything in sight!

Also, if you tell yourself, "I can't have any _chocolate kisses?_____." what do you want?

Chocolate kisses! Limit it to one on special occasions or at a set interval. And when you eat it, take your time with it and REALLY enjoy it.

Don't set the land-speed record for eating that food.

Slow down to get every moment of enjoyment from each morsel.



Set goals that you can achieve.

Which goal is more realistic, losing 50 pounds in 5 months for that reunion...

or

walking 10 minutes a day (or 20 or 30 or whatever # you choose).

Set small goals you can make, celebrate achieving them, then set more goals!



Find your support!

Somebody, somewhere (at home, at church, a friend, a co-worker) cares about you and can be your support person. Find someone you can be accountable to who will check up on your progress or go walk with you, or watch your kids for you while you walk.



Benjamin Franklin said "We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!"

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