A few months ago I started the barre3 online workout at home and absolutely love them! One thing that founder and instructor, Sadie Lincoln, often says at the beginning of a workout is “The hardest part is pushing play.” Isn’t that the truth!
The same can be said about anything that is new and feels foreign to us. Getting started is intimidating and takes more work initially as you become educated and organized with a plan.
But if you stop to think about it, everything was new at one time. There was a time when none of us knew how to walk and now we buzz around without even thinking about it! Remember learning how to write in elementary school? (My experience was duly frustrating seeing as I had a full length cast on my dominant arm!) Now you write or type without giving it a second thought! Or consider larger challenges you’ve faced – the new job, starting school, moving away from home, having children. In all of those cases at one point you probably thought “how will I ever be able to do this?!” and then you became educated, sought guidance, adapted, and are living in that new norm.
Same goes for adopting a healthier diet and lifestyle. So, here we are with 3 tips just to get you started! Choose just one and make it your happy little goal to adopt it in some capacity this week.
- Add something new. That’s right, just one new food this week. Each week my grocery list includes “one fun fruit” and “a new veggie”. This keeps me from falling into a rut and provides me with a little adventure. Plus, our bodies need the beautiful diversity of nutrients.
- Out with the old and in with the new! The simplest way to make healthful choices and cooking a breeze is to have the right items on hand. The easiest way to avoid falling into the destructive eating patterns that leave you frustrated is to rid your house of the food that tempts you. Take a look into My Kitchen for some staples to get started. Additionally, I offer a Clean Sweep Kitchen Consult if you need a helping hand and recommendations for building your kitchen afresh!
- Buddy system. Everything is more fun with friends! I’ve had a blast growing in friendship with my neighbor as we bulk cook together and share healthy recipes. I’ve grown to love and appreciate my sister more as she keeps me accountable in areas that I struggle the most and gives me perspective. I’ve made new friendships through finding walking partners. Consider someone in your life who could join you and make the changes more fun!
I’d love to hear from you! What are the challenges and obstacles you face in getting started? I’ll address some of these items in later posts.