Do you know what is the number ONE New Year Resolution people make every year –No points for guessing right – it is to lose weight!!
They make commitments to go to the GYM on a regular basis and eat healthy foods..which they do BUT only until Feb..after that it is same old ..same old.
Can you guess what makes the ambition, the excitement, the commitment go away so fast..Because the goals they make are BHAG: Big Hairy Audacious Goals. For e.g. – the goals will be something like they will only drink broccoli shakes for the rest of their lives or they will eat the “Special” diet that comes with the plan.
Anybody will be tempted to make that commitment after seeing those ads where a person will be holding a pant size 10 sizes bigger than their waist size depicting you can lose all this weight in one week by just following their diet plan. Seems simple – YES if it does not fit in your lifestyle. It can never be achieved.
Let me share with you these small, baby steps you can take to get started on your “wellness” journey –
Rule no. 1: Never wake up to a tea or coffee: Instead eat real food within 30 – 60 minutes of getting up. It can be a fruit or a handful of nuts. Eating first thing in the morning will reduce the chance of overeating later in the day. It also stabilizes the metabolism and blood sugar level.
Rule no. 2: Drink Water before meals – Drinking water helps boost your metabolism, cleanse your body of waste, and acts as an appetite suppressant. Also, drinking more water helps your body stop retaining water, leading you to drop those extra pounds of water weight. As a general rule, you should be drinking about 8 glasses of water per day.
Rule no. 3: Eat more when you are active and less when you are less active. Your diet and portion can vary depending on your activity level. The more active you are, the more fuel your body will require to recover after a workout and to sustain your energy levels throughout the rest of your day. You will also need more fuel to support your immune and metabolic systems throughout the day when exercising.
Rule no. 4: Finish your last meal at least 2-3 hours before going to bed. You need to give your body some time to digest the food before you go to sleep. And, if you are awake ‘till late in the night and 4 to 5 hours have passed after you ate your last big meal, then you can have a little snack or a cup of warm milk before bedtime.
Does this sound like something you can easily follow? Give it a try and let me know if you feel a difference.
I will close by telling this short story: There were 2 men – one was wise, one fool. They were both asked to collect raindrops in a bowl. The wise men collected few drops every time it drizzled but the fool waited for a perfect rainfall to fill his bowl. The wise men filled his bowl in no time while the fool continued to wait for a perfect time.
Stop waiting for a perfect time. Start working on making these small changes now. Little by little – you will definitely see the difference.