Practice makes perfect

by / Friday, 13 January 2012 / Published in Wellness
People running on treadmills

Do you remember your teacher giving you what seemed like tons of homework, because “practice makes perfect?” Well, those three words have become my healthy living mantra. I am now eleven months into my healthy living plan and, needless to say, I’ve had a few fumbles along the way.

However, I have managed to find a routine that works for me.

Creating a diet and exercise plan was no easy task

Weight Watchers® provided me with nutrition tools and moral support from people walking the same path. IBX provided easily accessible fitness tools and resources, such as the Healthy Lifestyles℠ programs, nutritional counseling benefits, onsite gym, and IBX Healthy Steps. However, marrying Weight Watchers® and the support I gained from IBX in a way that fit into my day-to-day life was accomplished through practice.

Some people can purchase healthy meals for breakfast or lunch with little to no effort. I tried it and I found myself making the least healthy choice more often than I wanted to. Others can choose an apple over a cupcake without a second thought. Not me.

Through trial and error, I learned that the best method for me is to plan ahead. So, each night while cooking dinner, I decide what I am going to have for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack the following day to ensure that I make healthier choices.

Me + the treadmill + my iPod = the perfect combination

When I first started going to the gym, I went with a group of four people. At the time, I wasn’t physically capable of keeping up with them. Although they went out of their way to make me feel welcome, I was pretty uncomfortable. Then, I decided to go with a close friend. That didn’t work out so well either because we spent more time talking than actually working out. About two months after that, I got an iPod. Bingo, it worked!

As 2011 comes to a close, the thing that I am most proud of is finding the PERFECT healthy living routine for me…even if it took some practice.

What are some of things that fit perfectly into your healthy living routine?

I'm a senior business systems analyst at IBX. To date, I have lost 21 pounds and although it is an uphill battle, it is not a battle that I am prepared to lose. Be sure to stay tuned to my posts for engaging and interesting stories about how I plan to win!

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