Since some of us pretend sometimes to be purposeful with pushing for the events we wish to happen to us, I crossed into this year with a list of resolutions, as usual for any year. One of them is turning to a healthy way of living. I was able to hold up for only about 10weeks, the first weeks of last year (2016); I found it super exhilarating, daring and fun that it propelled my decision to follow suit this year, if not make it a lifestyle altogether. Till now I still don’t know how my immature, feeble, procrastination-prone heart will take such a step as it requires so much of oneself, of anyone really, and that’s not my mojo.
Consistency in healthy food indulgence and constant exercises require so much discipline and mind control from a person, you’ll be wasting your time if you took the plunge just after an overnight thought. It requires planning, I mean real planning, the kind where you take a pen and a little journal, scribble a few notes, cross out those notes and eventually tear out that page then toss it to the ground. The kind where you start scribbling all over again; you may even have to chew the end of the pen at some point, and another point you may stare hard at a space below the ceiling.. that kind of real planning.
Let me explain why.
Finances. Finances. Schedule. Finances. Time. Finances. Research.
You need to check your budget if you want to make it through the first week consciously eating right and not losing much calories. Money is a need-to not a kinda-shoulda have in this regard. That’s unless you want to end up looking emaciated and getting all manner of cravings at some stage in your journey (at which point if you indulge, you’d have put all your previous weeks/months efforts to a set back). If you make good research, you’ll find that healthy food fanatics tend to compliment their diets with exercise regimes. Not as though it’s incomplete without it, but it’s part of the package, so you derive the entire feeling of accomplishment in a scoop. Just like how you eat your meals with water. As we know, water is necessary to ease the digestion of a meal. But to live, taking a meal without water is just as advisable as taking water without meals. Or maybe I shouldn’t have used this analogy…
Now if you go ahead and do right by the healthy lifestyle police by brushing up your meals along with the exercise routines, you WILL drastically lose weight even if and especially if your meals still add up to the exact calorie intake you used to enjoy. If you’re looking to shed some fat, good for you, ignore money as an issue, but if you’re looking to adopt a healthy lifestyle and incorporate it into your daily routine, I should think it’d be satisfying to not look like you’re suffering for it.
This simply means you’d need to consume more calories than you normally would, for two reasons. The first reason is pretty obvious, you’ll be engaging in physical activities that’ll burn off calories leaving you with less than you started with. To stay looking the same, you need to top-up your calories to replace those that would be displaced. The second reason is easy to overlook. Remember you’ll be on a diet that needs to either retain your exisiting calorie intake, or to increase it. Since it’s healthier than the regular diet, it would mean something changes – here, it’s food classes. You’ll be served less of carbs and fats (which, as we know, primarily stores excess digested substances at various portions of the body). Your new meal classes wouldn’t, more will be passed out as faeces. And that’s how we’re back to you having less calories present in your system at the end of the day (and that’s not the goal, well, unless you’re looking to lose weight).
Bottomline, you’ll need to spend more money on food as a consequence of eating more food (to appear the same way but toned!) Extra purchases, Extra budget.
Sidenote: People worry about how they’ll get some energy for stuffs considering healthy dieting eliminates these energy giving meal classes. Isn’t that what exercise does? Exercises help to tone the muscle, lose weight, or increase energy (even do all)!
Planning for schedule, time, research, what those entail go without saying.
Now for me to arrange to proceed already, there’s the real issue of time (and small extra money). Did I mention that healthy lifestyle is expensive? It really is, and this is from a common perspective. Try placing an order for a parfait, and then try another for a vanilla flovored icecream.
Additionally, If you don’t want to get bored along the journey, which is very possible because of the super restricted diet for some of us not used to veggie-salads, boiled-only and little/no fried meals, you may need to switch up the meals with playful extras, say almonds, cashew nuts, and not just bananas and watermelons. These extras are quite pricey no kidding. And, you’ll consume potatoes a lot and oats. Also, there’s soymilk, and steer away from meat that isn’t chicken. Typically lots of don’ts and dos if you really want to make an impact to yourself.
PS: I know i mentioned lots on calories, hit me up if you need more light thrown on it. Also, there are various right exercises that work on specific needs. Say you need to lose weight, you should worry more on particular routines and ignore some others. Plus, it’s imperative to know your body mass index (BMI). The reason is funny actually. It’ll help you learn whether you have the perfect body status by measuring your current weight against your height. See, this kind of imformation is helpful, you might be overweight/underweight and you wouldn’t know. You’ll be thinking you’re relatively healthy since you haven’t been hospitalized in a while, and then one time you’ll be working/walking and boom, you fall to the ground. Just like that.