Fitness entered my life when I became my grandmother’s full-time caregiver 14 years ago. My daily exercise routine allowed me to de-stress and clearly focus on my caregiving duties. I wasn’t concerned with a 6-pack or diamond triceps. Through the days and months, each daily workout became part of my strict schedule. I began to notice concentration and endurance improvements. The days didn’t seem so endless and my mood drastically improved. I began to ENJOY physical fitness and being fit! It provided stress relief, encouraged a healthier lifestyle, and gave a boost to my self-confidence. However, I’m not addicted to fitness or healthy eating. It doesn’t dictate my life. I’m 5’6″, 125 pounds and can eat more than my husband. I love food! Especially CANDY AND DESSERTS! But, can you stay fit and still eat those delicious sweets? YES, you can eat sweets and still have a beach body!
1.) Create an Exercise Routine
Create an exercise routine that fits your schedule. I allow myself 30 minutes each morning for exercise. Why 30 minutes? Initially, only 30 minutes were available during my hectic caregiving schedule. But after trying various exercise routines, it was evident that I lost interest in the routine if it was longer than 30 minutes. A half-hour each day works for me!
2.) Mix It Up
Boredom is one of my biggest complaints when exercising. The same daily routine becomes monotonous over time. I recommend integrating different workouts into your schedule. Take your routine outside….weather permitting. Ride your bike instead of running your usual mile loop. Variety is key to persistence and dedication during your fitness journey.
3.) Eat Health-IER
I’m not considered a healthy eater. But, I try to eat healthier. Many people are under the impression that becoming physically fit involves low carb diets and eating only celery and carrot sticks. WRONG! Becoming and staying fit is achieved by creating a balance between exercise and eating. Your body needs carbs and fats. Without these your body will become depleted and lack energy for everyday activities. My advice….eat healthier versions of the foods you enjoy!
4.) Splurge and Indulge
I’ve tried fad diets and eliminating sweets. My end result….binge eating on any cookies, cakes, or ice creams available! Eat the sweets, but in moderation. My current fitness routine includes eating a delicious cookie before starting any workout. I eat health-IER throughout the day. Dinner is followed by my favorite mini candy-bar. Sundays are reserved for a bowl of ice cream. Including these sweets in my daily diet eliminates my carb and sugar cravings and keeps me motivated. No binge eater here!
Striking a balance between the things you love and fitness creates an overall healthier lifestyle. Who doesn’t want to feel better about themselves or be less stressed on a daily basis? I want you to realize that you CAN be fit and still EAT the things you love. Life’s too short not to indulge in sweet delicacies! Thank you for reading! Now go eat a cookie and start working out! Take care and good luck!