Getting Fit Does Not Equal Pain

Fit Does Not Equal PainThis year, I resolved to walking every day for 30 minutes on my treadmill or on my elliptical machine.  I have managed to do that except for a couple of days.  I also ordered a fitbit, and it’s turning out to be quite a motivator for me to walk 10,000 steps daily.  I have started walking to my car instead of riding the bus.

What about you?  I know a lot of people who start out with great plans and about now – 3 weeks into January – find that the plan is untenable.  Are you trying to do too much or try too hard?

I found this awesome story of someone who believed in themselves and wanted to make a difference in his own life very badly.

You don’t have to run the whole marathon in one day, as a matter of fact, you don’t have to run at all.  Walking is the best exercise you can do.  Walking fast or slow, just walk and get your 10,000 steps every day.  I imagine in a couple of months I will up my daily number of steps just because I have managed to get to 10,000 steps on a regular basis.

You won’t lose a lot of weight right away.  Your body is adjusting to the new way that you are doing things, and sometimes it holds onto weight just to be sure you really mean to lose it.  Which is not fun, but it’s reality.

Eat better – following a meal plan if you can, but otherwise, just eat more whole foods – fruits and vegetables and whole grain breads.  Eat less fried and greasy foods.  And cut down on the sweets.  You already know this.

Most of all, believe in yourself and that you can do it and make it happen.  You are strong in your will and you will be better just for doing some exercise.  You will bend and turn and walk easier.  Get started, but don’t try to do it all in one day.  Take one day at a time.  Stay with it.  And let me know how you are doing with your resolutions in the comments.

About Mathea

Mathea Ford, RD/LD, is the owner of Healthy Diet Menus For You, LLC. She has over 22 books on Amazon, check out her work at

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