Friday, 21 June 2013

lose it:naturally...

If you've had a read through the last few years of sporadic posts on this "poor-neglected-second cousin-blog-of-mine", you'll know that I have had a constant struggle with diet, weight, exercise, and healthy eating.
Girls, I have studied this stuff for YEARS.
The head knowledge is crammed tighter in my brain than a stuffed rag doll full of polyester fibre-fill!
I can lose weight - no problems there, because I know how, and it always works.
BUT, having a mindset to commit long term to smaller serves, healthier food choices, daily exercise etc...that's the revolving door issue I always discover a few months in. And nine times out of ten I walk into that revolving door and end up walking 'round till I'm back where I started - out of breath, overweight, and plagued with sugar-fueled migraines.

Well, I want to change that. 
Weight loss can be a fairly private affair for most people. We know the pounds are expanding in our flesh when doing up your jeans zipper leaves your head spinning from lack of oxygen and you almost pass out (yep, been there a lot lately); the mirror becomes our nemesis because it certainly doesn't say, "hey girl, you sure are the fairest of them all!" anymore; and we watch the vibrant fruits and vegetables stocking our refrigerator since last grocery day go limp, even mouldy.
But hiding alone to get in shape isn't going to keep me or you going long term with our desire for a healthy, active, toned life. 

Even though I have the knowledge to lose weight, I'm no expert at keeping my motivation - if I was, I think I'd be striding hills with confidence and energy at dawn every day! 
Between the knowing, and the being, there is a chasm I haven't been able to cross. And I think it's because I try to cross it alone. 
Even Moses needed Aaron and Hur to hold up his arms when he was weary during the battle of Rephidim! (Exodus 17:8-14)
Are you doing this alone too? Do you need some support? 
My arms are wide open, friend. Welcome to lose it:naturally.

I'll post here every week, sharing any new information I've discovered to help with changing my physical life for the better. I'll also offer some spiritual health along the way, because how we think correlates to how we respond to, and choose, what's best for us.

As I said before, it's hardest to make these changes when you're doing it alone.
If you're ready to walk with me, then neither of us is alone anymore.

You can put that grab button (up on the left) on your blog if you like, but it's okay if you'd rather not go public about the journey we're taking.

I'll set us both one task each week, a new habit to begin; the first of many life giving habits.

Week 1 Habit


It doesn't have to be difficult. You don't need special equipment. You don't even need special clothes.
Just put on your most comfortable shoes and some loose clothing, and walk out the door.
This can be to the corner and back, around the block, or up the hill; if you're embarrassed to walk outdoors (hey, I've been there too!) just walk around your yard. 
One lady in Australia started walking around her clothesline, and ending up writing a book about it. She started where she could, with what she had...but she started. And she actually succeeded in losing her weight and changing her life. By walking.

Let's walk this week, ok?



Lynn - JnL4God said...

I'm in I started walking about two weeks ago 30 mins a day min of 4 days a week. And more if I can sneek one in on the weekend. Turning 50 in October. Battled the fat for most of my 40's so I want my 50's to be my fit years.

Robin in New Jersey said...

We love to take walks. Lately we have been very lax with our diet and exercise. Must get back into good healthy habits! thanks for the nudge, Jenny!

Teresa aka MarieSews said...

Thanks to good friends who got me walking after hip surgery last year, I walk a couple of times a week and go to exercise classes at the Y on days when I don't walk. My goal is improved strength, flexibility, and balance as well as weight loss. I'll follow you and start working on developing more good eating and fitness habits. Thanks Jenny!

Vickie said...

wouldn't it be great if we were all able to live off the nasty additives in our food, etc...hugs Jen you can do it...a goal activity a week is awesome..walking sure is a heck lot easier than burpees...cheers Vickie

Patty@Granma's said...

Good Luck Jenny! For the last 2.5 years while taking care of Mom (Alzheimer's) and working full time (there really is such a thing as a 12 day week- there just aren't any nights!) I gained 20#. Now things are getting a little easier and a lot less stressful, and I've taken off that 20#, so now my goal is the next 20#....and a simpler, healthier lifestyle.

Deborah said...

So simple but yet so hard! Thanks for the encouragement.

Edda SoffĂ­a said...

I am in, thank you for that post. I have been on that healthier diet now for three weeks, but have not been walking until this last week. Walking makes me feel so good, I just don't know why I don't do more of that.
Hugs from Iceland