In 2017, let’s commit to getting fit so we can have healthy hearts and healthy relationships. I know too many women who are on medicine. I know others who have sleep machines. Others complain about so many ailments, that I rush off the phone when they go into their mode. I’m just being honest.
Weight causes a lot of these issues. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2010. I could not see myself at 39, taking insulin shots for the rest of my life 3xs a day.
I had a choice to make, lose weight or go on meds.
I began in January and worked hard the entire 2011. By my 40th birthday in November, I was down 53lbs and diabetes free. This is what I want for you.
Let’s commit to taking our health back. Let’s stick with the facts.
- No one is born overweight.
- Being “thick” does not run in our families.
- No one is big boned.
- Poor eating habits and lack of physical movement is what we mirror from our families.
I am not body shaming anyone for their size. I am clearly speaking from a health point of view. We accept those lies to justify staying unhealthy. I know I will never be a size 2 again. I don’t need to be a size 16 either. At that size, I was diabetic.
HUH? WHAT? Yes, being a size 16 caused me to be diabetic.
I want you to commit to at least 6 of these 10 things. I would prefer that you did them all though. I’m just saying.
- Drink water – I know, I hate water too, but our bodies need it. In theory, we need to drink half our weight in ounces. Since I currently weigh 154lbs, I need to drink 77oz of water. That is 4 1/2 water bottles. Can you believe most days I only drink one?
- Remove unnecessary sugar. Soda, juice and coffee cream are full of sugar. Commit to reducing your intake slowly. If you drink 3 sodas a day, stretch it out and only drink 2 1/2 tomorrow. This is not a sprint, this is a marathon.
- Read labels. You will be surprised how much sugar, sodium, and fat is in our food. Check out serving sizes. Most food servings are 1/2 cup. I watched my mom pour a bowl of cereal the other day.She filled the bowl up. When we measured it out, she had 5 servings of cereal. WOW! My rule is to only buy items around the outer walls of the grocery store because they are fresh. Everything else is processed and can sit on a shelf for years. Imagine what that does to your body.
- Get your check up! Mammogram, pap smear and yes, blood work. It’s scary, I know. I’ve been there. Push past the fear and make those appointments. Know your numbers. Know where you need to be. Remember me and diabetes??? If I had not gone to the doctor, I would have never known I was diabetic. I watched an aunt ignore her diagnosis. She then had a toe cut off, then her foot, then her lower leg, then her upper leg, then she went blind and finally died before 60. That is a terrible way to go. All she had to do was change her diet and move her body. Please get your physical.
- Move your body. I don’t care if you can only walk for 15 minutes. If that is the case, walk for 15 minutes. Each day, add another minute to your walk. Download apps on your phone that can track your steps. Get a pedometer. Whatever it takes, get fit. I need you, your family needs you and the world needs you.
I didn’t want to overwhelm you, so I broke this post up into 2 parts. I think this is a great place to start. Let’s go ladies! I can’t wait to celebrate your victories!