I really like to eat healthy, but I’m a true southern girl at heart. Mashed potatoes, meatloaf, hamburgers, spaghetti, and breads all rank pretty high on my favorite foods list. Why can’t those be extremely healthy?! Alas, they will never rank on the “eat to get thin” list, at least not the way most Southerners cook them.
In my quest to eat healthy and get moving, I became very overwhelmed. I’m the type of person who sees the big picture. The little details have to all be written out on a checklist for me to mark off because they will go undone if I don’t see them. I’m a visionary person, not a detailed person. Come to think of it, that’s probably why organizing my house in my big picture idea has never worked. So if you hear me say “I have a plan,” then don’t ask for the details until about a month later!
Being overwhelmed with the many recipes and choices and articles (some that supported both sides), I felt like the waters were getting muddier instead of clearer. I added herbs and supplements to my diet and began to see improvement with some medical issues I deal with (don’t worry, I’ll share about those herbs later), but I knew I had to tackle my nutrition in order to really be effective.
That’s where that overwhelming feeling came in. I decided that I am going to spend Fridays accepting the challenge I am giving to myself. I’m breaking it down into a small to-do list so that I can clearly see the details because all I see right now is “LOSE WEIGHT. GET HEALTHY.” The steps are muddy. So on Fridays, I will unmuddy the water into doable steps that are for the long haul.
So why start on a Friday? Most of these types of challenges start on a Monday, since that’s the beginning of the work week. We typically think of things needing to start at the beginning of the week, but that is something that also throws me off. I go grocery shopping at the end of the week/start of the weekend. If something starts on Monday, then odds are that I can’t start it until the next week because I can’t get groceries until the week after it starts due to my schedule. So I’m throwing that excuse for myself right out the window and addressing it by starting it on Friday. Don’t worry….there’s not a grocery list to be had, either!
Drink water. Once again, this is where research varies. Some say drink 8 glasses of water by 8:00 p.m. Others say that means that all fluids count towards the 8 glasses. I have no doubt water is incredibly important as it makes up a huge percentage of our body weight. Adding in that it’s summer and I’m outside a lot, I am aiming for 8 glasses at least. As my exercise increases, then I do plan to increase it just a little, but not by much. I’ll cross that road when I get there.
At the moment, I am a morning coffee person. I’m making myself drink a glass of water in the morning before my coffee and at least half a glass right after. Then before I eat each meal, I’m adding a glass of water to drink. Water and coffee is all I typically drink during my day so I think I probably come close to this most days, but I’m going to be very intentional in drinking water.
Raise your water glasses in the air and let’s say “Here’s to getting healthy.”