We moms fall into a
rut, caring more and more about others, while caring less
and less about how we look and feel. The word “exercise” is
a word used in someone else’s vocabulary. It’s easier to
spend money to cover up our unhealthy overweight body than
it is to actually work on our unhealthy overweight body. My
philosophy is: clothes look great on a body, but a fit body
looks great without clothes!
Mom - It’s time to
break out of that “Mom” shell and get back to your pre-Mom
life. It’s possible to get your groove back, but you have to
take that first LEAP! It’s not a step because the hole is
deep, you will have to literally take a big LEAP to change
the unhealthy lifestyle you’ve so graciously accepted.
I always say if
you’re happy in the skin you’re in, by all means celebrate.
But if you’ve ever looked in the mirror and said I really
want to do something about this weight, I want to get rid of
this belly, or I’m tired of feeling tired – then get out
there and get your groove back. No matter your age - It’s
healthier lifestyle by making small changes. Prepare simpler
meals. For the most part, eat your foods in their natural
state. Prepare a baked potato, not scalloped potatoes.
Eat lean meats and
fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid canned vegetables they’re
loaded with salt and canned fruits are loaded with sugar.
Eat fresh if possible.
Drink water, water
and more water. Avoid soda. You can cut hundreds of calories
by switching to water: add sliced lemons, limes or cucumbers
for extra flavor.
Move, move, move.
Move your body. No matter how tired you are, get up. Make a
promise to walk at least 30 minutes a day, at the same time
every day. Make it part of your daily routine. A good cardio
workout will deliver true cardio benefits. Walk at a pace
where you’re mildly breathless but can carry on a
For example, I
prefer to walk by myself so I walk with my ipod. If I’m able
to sing while inhaling through my nose and exhaling through
my mouth, I’m walking at a good pace. If you can talk
continuously without stopping to take a breathe, you’re not
walking fast enough, on the other hand if you can’t catch
your breath to speak a sentence, you’re intensity is too
high. Slow down and breathe, inhale through the nose, exhale
out the mouth.
Ask someone to share this new healthy lifestyle with you.
But be forewarned, that person may begin this journey with
you, but more than likely won’t end it with you. It’s always
nice to have a partner during this time, but fitness
requires commitment. So encourage someone to walk this
journey with you, but don’t let that person’s lack of
commitment or dedication overpower your desire to get
healthier and fit.
Don’t let excuses
get in the way of your Groove! If it’s raining - use an
umbrella or walk in the mall. Spare me the infamous excuse:
“I don’t like to sweat my hair out!” Frankly, I don’t know
of anyone who’s died from a sweaty head of hair, but I do
know of many who’ve died of a heart attack or stroke, which
for the most part could have been prevented by living a
healthier lifestyle. Once again…..No Excuses!!!
Offer no apologies
for taking the time to exercise, be proud of your healthier
lifestyle - everyone should do some form of exercise
So, Mom, by
following these simple steps you could take up to 20 pounds
off in 10 weeks. To begin your healthier lifestyle, you have
to believe that you can be healthier than you are today. You
have to commit to eating healthier: cut back on the fast
food restaurants, cook at home. Plan daily meals using lean
meats, fresh fruits and vegetables. Ditch the sodas and
drink more water! Move your body for 30 minutes daily!
Commit to this healthy new lifestyle!
I’d love to hear
from you. I’ve helped women of all ages and fitness levels
in their fitness journey, allow me to help you in yours. If
you have questions or if I can be of help to you, feel free
to email or text me. Everyone needs a little help now and
then. Now get out there and “Get your Groove Back!”
Yours In Fitness!!
Angela R. Steward
Toledo, Ohio 43615