Small steps to get in shape

Hi and welcome back to Ria Lives Well!

These past few days, I’ve had some setbacks. I haven’t been on my game, and the guilt is worse than my sudden unhealthy lifestyle. I think the problem is, I’m going at it too quickly; trying to regain that old me at unrealistic speeds. I remember my track coach once telling me that the way to excel in a long run is to pace yourself; know your limits; don’t overdo it. If you don’t pace yourself, you’ll crash before you reach the finish line.

I think I’m in crash mode. It’s time to stop and reevaluate a few things.

steps2Small steps to get in shape (or back in shape)

1. Drink more water (drink one cup at the start of each hour)

2. Eat a fruit at 8am, 10am, 12pm and 2pm (make sure they’re different fruits). Mix it up as the days go by and explore the colorful, delicious world of fruits

3. Take a nature walk when the weather is nice. Find your camera, enjoy nature, take a few pictures and put those legs to work.

4. Go to your local farmer’s market. Check out all of the produce and buy something new.

5. Take a multivitamin a day (preferably a vegetarian brand; if you don’t recognize an ingredient, research it before purchasing the vitamin and make sure it’s not an animal byproduct!)

6. Incorporate at least two different vegetables at dinner (for me, one of the easiest ways to get my share of vegetables is with a tasty recipe for soup)

7. Enjoy a glass of red wine and a bar of chocolate once or twice a week after dinner…it’s healthy people, don’t judge me!

8. Reward your achievements. Make your favorite dessert or meal that may be too high in calories. If you use your discretion, you don’t have to cut out all the gooey, sweet and let’s face it, damn tasty foods from your life.

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