As I See Fit: Planning for healthy lifestyle is the first step

Personal trainer Jennifer Osborn

Personal trainer Jennifer Osborn by Richard Gwin

I think that it must be something in the water. Or perhaps it's an airborne kind of thing. I really don't know. But what I do know is that lately there are an awful lot of people running around, berating themselves for not going to the gym, for falling off of Weight Watchers and for letting themselves get out of shape in the first place. You know who you are. And if you see yourself in any of those scenarios, then it's time to channel that negativity into something productive and positive. It's time to sit down and really think about that goal plan that you initiated back when we started this, in November. Yes, November. You remember. We sat down, and I wrote and you read and then we began our new and exciting fit lifestyle together? OK, I know that you meant to, but you couldn't envision it just then? I could! So let's see what a little positive visualization can do for us. Get out of your own way!


Take the time now to make a plan. Think in terms of a realistic and specific goal.

Assess where you are now and be honest about your capabilities.

What do you want to do? What changes do you want to make? How can you get there?

What obstacles do you see in your way? What can you do to make this work?


I don't care if your workout is running up and down the stairs in your house 10 times, schedule something physical into your day. Seeing it written down is a commitment.


Yes, again with the food! Stop drinking sugary beverages, toss out the processed junk, drink more water and eat more fruits and vegetables. Be mindful of what you eat. Fill up on fiber and try to pair complex carbohydrates with lean protein at meals.

Make a weekly menu and have healthy snacks ready. Many people find that exercise makes them hungry, so now is not the time to starve yourself.

If you have a "bad day" don't sulk about it. Just do better next time!


Change up your playlist and get excited about moving!

Grab your weights and get strong: A pound of muscle consumes twice as many calories as fat.

Try a new workout class: boxing, Zumba, interval - there's something for everyone.

Create mini-workouts throughout your day: 20 squats here, 20 push-ups there and a brisk walk around the block are all small things that can add up to big differences.


I can't stress this enough. If you think you can't, you won't. It's as simple as that. If you can't shake a negative attitude, then it will be an uphill battle all the way.

Lose that "all or nothing" mentality.

You didn't get out of shape overnight, and you won't wake up as a triathlete tomorrow. But you can make those small changes that will yield you big results because you really, really want this. You do, I know you do.

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focusedonfitness 6 years, 7 months ago

You are well on your way, Megan Stuke. Keep it up! I love how you share your personal experiences with all of us. It's a journey!

Linda_Lou 6 years, 6 months ago

Enjoyed chatting with you last night at Punch. Looking forward to the next chapter on my fitness journey. Thanks for the encouragement!

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