The Road to a Healthier and Happier Me

It’s a classic New Year’s resolution.

“I want to lose weight” or “I need to hit the gym more often”.

Year after year, we hear people stating these same resolutions. Despite it’s obvious cliché, I still decided to make a healthier lifestyle my resolution going into 2016. It’s not all about the weight loss for me (although I wouldn’t mind shredding 10 pounds or so), rather, a lot of it is simply about being a healthier version of me.

Far too often, I find myself indulging in way too much food. Not to mention, I spent so many years being inactive. The most exercise I got most days was walking to classes or running to the refrigerator because food excites me far more than it should. So, when 2016 rolled around, I promised myself that this time around, I was going to do it. I was going to start working on being healthy, once and for all. Who knows, maybe I won’t even lose a single pound through all of this, and some days I might still eat fast food for every meal. The important thing is that I am going to work on being healthy, meaning watching my meals and buying healthier options, as well as exercising at least 4-5 times a week.

So far, it has only been 8 days. Still, 8 more days working on health and fitness than before. I’m hoping that in a month or two I will have updates on my current progress, and by the end of the semester I hope to still be continuing these practices and have something to show for it!

If you’re like me, being extremely healthy is not something that comes natural. It’s something that I have to work at. Even if you’re not looking for a huge life change, but maybe you just want to be healthier than you were before, here are some of my tips on how I’m working towards my goals:

  • Purchase some sort of gym membership
    • At Ball State, all students get access to the Rec Center for free (aka we pay for it in tuition). However, I knew that going to the gym wasn’t going to work for me. I wouldn’t know what to do or do it effectively. So, I purchased a “Fit Pass”, which gives me unlimited access to all of the fitness classes at the Rec Center 7 days a week. So far, I have tried cycling, pilates, yoga, Total Body Tone, Zumba, and Step.
  • Get an accountability partner
    • I also knew that if I was alone in this, I would make it to the rec center about once a week. So, I found a friend who was also interested in working out more often. Now we are able to push each other and encourage one another to get to fit classes as many nights as possible!
  • Set Goals (And stick to them!)
    • If you don’t know what you’re working towards, then how will you accomplish anything? Decide what changes you’re going to make, when they’re going to happen, and how you’re going to stick to them.
  • Fight the urge at the grocery store
    • That place is tempting, trust me. But when you don’t purchase a lot of unhealthy food at the grocery store, then you really have no choice but to eat semi-healthy when you’re at home. I’ve completely stopped buying junk foods like mozzarella sticks, Cheetos, and other not-so-good for you stuff at the grocery. Now my snack options are typically limited to veggie straws, fresh fruit, and cottage cheese.
  • Accept that you’re going to mess up sometimes
    • Let’s face it, we’re all human. This means that from time-to-time you are going to slip up. You’re going to forget to go to the gym. You’re going to indulge in some delicious but extremely unhealthy food. The point is that you keep trying, even when you slip up!

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