Saturday Small Change: Walk This Way!

Good day!

How is your weekend going so far? Mine has had a bit of a slow start… thus the late post. Ah well, who says you can’t be lazy on a Saturday. 🙂

Today I want to discuss our newest small change.

I want you to walk… 30 minutes… everyday. And I mean everyday. Phew! That wasn’t so hard now was it? 🙂

Walking is a fabulous form of exercise, stress reliever,  and a way to get you outdoors (see small change #2).

Don’t believe me? Just check out these sources. (Love me some Dr. Oz!)

 

One of the reasons I love walking is because almost anyone can do it, anywhere, anytime, it doesn’t make you sweat so you don’t have to shower afterwards, and it can provide some amazing benefits.

 

Need some motivation? Grab your pooch! It’s great for them too.

Don’t have a dog? One of my favorite ways to walk, is by listening to an audio book. Find a book you’ve really been wanting to read, grab it on audio, and get walking. You’ll find that the 30 minutes goes really quickly. You may even walk more, just to get through a chapter… or two. 🙂

Not a bigger reader? (we’ll work on that later) Grab a friend. Walk on your lunch hour. Start a new habit with your family by walking after dinner instead of watching TV. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just do it!

Still not convinced? By walking at 3 mph (or a 20 minute mile), you can burn from 100-300 calories per 1/2 hour depending on your weight. If you change nothing in your lifestyle from today on except for walking 30 minutes daily, you can burn 10-15 lbs by the end of this year. Now that’s motivation!

 

Want some extra credit?

The Surgeon General has recommended every American take 10,000 steps a day (roughly 5 miles) for good health. Track your steps with a pedometer and work up to the 10,000 steps. Want some help? Check out this program.

 

Love!

 

The day after Christmas

Today is the day after Christmas. If you’re like me, you are recovering from your overindulgence, your lack of sleep, and your over enthusiasm. If you’re like me, all you want to do is take a nap. But I digress.

 

I always feel like the week after Christmas and before New Years is the time to prepare my heart and mind for what the next year will bring.

My next year will bring the greatest moment of my life up until now, my wedding. I am so excited; and so stressed all at the same time. I never realized there was so much to plan for, and we aren’t even hosting 100 people. It will be small and intimate, but still there is a lot to do.

This year also continues my journey with Paleo. My goal is to be in the greatest shape of my life by the time my wedding comes. And that means work. And work is hard (duh!). That means getting up early, and avoiding the foods that I love, but you know; I think I’m finally ready. I think I’m finally ready to make that commitment to myself and my body. I deserve it. I deserve to be comfortable in my own skin. And yes it takes dedication, but I’m ready for the fight.

This year also brings a change for my finances. I will be joining Mr. Right’s bank after our wedding, and I want to have my finances in order by then. It’s not that they are totally out of whack, but I do want to pay off all my debt so that I can start my marriage on a clean slate. So that’s another discipline to take care of.

And you know, there are other things that I would love to accomplish this next year- say writing a children’s book, going back to school, moving into a house; but I know that I can’t do everything in one year; so this is what I propose.

Each week, starting the first week of January, I will be sharing a “small change” that I will be conquering for the next year. It could be anything from walking 30 minutes a day, to flossing, to taking time to do nothing. Through all these small changes, I’m hoping to make a large difference in my health, my mind, and my general well being by this time next year. I invite you to join me on this journey. The small changes won’t be anything too difficult, but if we keep it up all year, we may be one step closer to becoming the person we know we were meant to be.

Will you join me?

With Love,

Amy

Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man.  ~Quoted in Benjamin Franklin’s 1755 Poor Richard’s Almanac

 

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