10 Oct 2012
If your Facebook page is anything like mine, I’m always seeing motivational pictures with inspiring quotes such as “Make This Day Count,” or “If You Are Tired of Starting Over, Stop Giving Up.”
I love these quotes, and I have a simple one of my own that made a world of difference to the way I looked, the number on the scale, my heart health, and my blood pressure.
My two word motivational phrase is:
Those two simple words helped me in my quest to get healthy. They helped me lose weight and helped me maintain my weight. Here’s some ways that you can use these two words to make a difference in your life.
Get up from your bed and workout. Although you can workout anytime and reap the benefits of a healthier body and a healthier heart, people who workout in the morning tend to be a bit more consistent than those who workout later during the day.
Get up from the couch. A recent study showed that people who sit a lot are more likely to die earlier than people who are less sedentary. Honestly, when I was obese, I did a lot of sitting. In fact, I sat as much as possible, which likely contributed to my weight ballooning to 300 pounds. I’d encourage you to pay attention to how long you are sitting each day. If you have an office job, try to be deliberate spending a few minutes each hour standing up or walking around. If you are home during the day, make yourself get up off the couch and do some active work around the house such as working in the garden, doing some housework, or lifting weights for a few minutes.
Get up from the table. Oh, how I did love sitting at the kitchen table and polishing off all the remaining food after a good meal. I also loved sitting at a restaurant table and adding a fattening dessert after already consuming a good-sized entrée. Instead of continuing to sit at the table eating to my heart’s desire, I now get up, clear the dishes and move forward with my day after the meal is over. If we have company over, I get everyone up and we move to a different location rather than staying at the kitchen table so we can have lively conversation without having delicious food staring us in the face.
Losing weight and staying at a healthy weight involves making good, healthy food choices as well as learning to live a healthy lifestyle. By making the words “get up” part of your vocabulary, you are reminding yourself to get up and make those choices that will enable you to meet your goals.
Did you have to add the words “get up” to your vocabulary as you moved toward getting healthier?
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