It’s time to get movin’!

It’s no longer about getting ‘skinny’. It’s about LIVING HEALTHY. It’s time to get up, put one foot in front of the other and make your life your priority! Start Small.  Just Start!. If moving from the couch to the front door is a challenge, challenge yourself. If walking to the mailbox is further than you have walked in years, walk to it anyway. If you are walking a mile, go a mile and a half! Wherever your activity level sits today, rejoice and get ready to move on.  Start small and don’t give up.  Every step is one step closer to living a healthier today. Even if you can’t physically see the results in front of you, every single effort is changing your body from the inside.  Never get discouraged. An exercise ball is a great way to start movin’!  They are inexpensive and the options for exercise are endless.   I saw a co-worker (who is in terrific physical shape) sitting on a ball at her office desk.  It intrigued me just enough to investigate the ball and what I could do with it. After a bit of research I decided it was the best place to start.  Best all; you can start small and build up your routines incrementally.  If feels quite silly at first, but before you know it you will be rollin’ off the lbs and working your way into your new body.

Lay on it!

The hardest part of any new exercise plan is getting started.  Truth be told  I bought my first exercise ball at a garage sale!  It was $5 and was still in it’s original box.  I couldn’t wait to blow it up and start rolling around. Eventually I took it to work and replaced my office chair with the ball.  Sitting on it a few hours a day helps to strengthen my core muscles. Inexpensive, easy to get started, and endless possibilities. I have always loved a good long walk. The year prior to being banded it was difficult for me to take long walks because my joints were painful and my body achy from carrying all the excess weight. After being banded I made a firm commitment to start a walking routine. There are many wonderful health benefits that come with walking. One benefit being how quickly you can build up your stamina and experience instant gratification. The first day of my walking routine I walked just under seven minute… and felt tired. Not the kind of tired that required me to throw myself on the couch and fall down and go to sleep. But a ‘tired’ in that I really didn’t want to walk any further. The next day I increased my walk to 10 minutes. And the next day to 20 minutes. By the end of the month I had gradually worked my way up to walking an hour a day. No matter how slow I walked, I was still lapping everyone still sitting on the couch! My book has several pages dedicated to how the exercise helped me to loose the weight and it’s many benefits.

Did you know that you don’t have to be an athlete to exercise?  To work out at the gym? Or to be physically fit?  We plant that own evil seed in our heads and before long, we believe it. Your goal is to get movin’ and move a little bit more today than you did yesterday.  And…enjoy it. If you have an exercise tip, trick or success story you would like me to share on my blog, please email me your story and a few pictures.  I will post them on my blog, or you can post them on my social media. Please send your before and after pictures to to be featured on my blog!

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