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Whether they’re called New Year’s Resolutions or goals for the coming year, many people strive for losing weight and getting healthier every January. Of course, there’s no reason to wait on a new year to get motivated and get healthy. On July 1, 2013, I saw my doctor who confirmed something I suspected for about a month. A phone call motivated me to get it together, lose weight, and get healthier. I couldn’t wait for a new year to start, I was diagnosed with diabetes.
I immediately changed my diet, I started eating things I never thought I would put in my mouth. I created new recipes and decided that I liked things like Brussels Sprouts! However, I knew that I needed to change more than my diet. I increased my water consumption and forced myself to drink, even if I didn’t feel like I was thirsty. It was good for my insides and I moved a little more often. 😉
I downloaded a movement tracking app to my phone. I looked forward to my daily notifications which told me how much I moved the day before. It motivated me to get up and move a little more, just to watch those numbers change from day to day. Like most people, music motivated and focused me whether I was driving down the road, doing yard work, or using the exercise bike. I plugged in the headphones and I was ready to go.
I am happy to report that after five months of these changes, I lost 25 pounds and dropped from a size 22 jeans to an 18. My diabetes is now under control. I’m able to wear clothes that I haven’t worn in years. We’ve even rearranged my craft room so that we can work out more often in the house with these cold winter months upon us.
My sweet friend, Kristin, uses the Polar Heart Rate Monitor while she’s working out and loves to jam with tunes like Katie Perry’s Roar and Rihanna’s We Found a Love. These are the kind of songs that get her pumped up and motivated to keep going. However, my dear friend Cyndy, uses the Fitbit. She said that it keeps her honest. In a month, she learned she wasn’t pushing herself as hard as she thought she was. Sometimes she didn’t get half as much activity in as she thought she had. She used some apps before and liked them but found the Fitbit works better for her. Cyndy and I have very similar taste in our workout music though. We both love a mix of 80s, disco and some of the new stuff. Can’t tell that we were girls in the 80s, can you?
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Maybe with a good set of earphones, I will get motivated to lose another 25 pounds in the next six months! Wish me luck.