Making a change in your life is an investment. It takes hard work, time, brain power, sometimes physical pain and maybe some money.
However, the return on your investment is usually much worth it!
It might seem cliché to say “it will be worth it in the end,” and I always warn that it can take a while to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle change. A lot of people give up or move on to the next fad diet. It's hard to take that leap of faith and be persistent, but anyone who has had long-term success will tell you these things will lead to a healthier pattern of living.
I recently registered for the Berkshire Hathaway Invest in Yourself 5K. Entering races is something I preach to my clients. The event gave me that extra little push to run with a time goal in mind.
I love the theme of this race because people thrive when they put effort into improving themselves. A little bit can go a long way. If you find it hard to spend time on yourself, remember that everyone around you — husband, wife, kids, co-workers — will benefit, too.
Here are some investments you can make:
• Cook dinner at home for your family on a night that it would be easier to eat out.
• If you aren't normally an early-riser, get up early once a week to exercise.
• Make a shopping list with nothing from inside the aisles. Only shop the perimeter of the store, and challenge yourself to eat like this for a week.
• Purchase some new athletic shoes or apparel. In honor of this weekend's 5K, try www.brooksrunning.com.
• Purchase fresh vegetables that you haven't tried before.
• Play catch with your child instead of turning on the TV.
• Take a walk while baking chicken in the oven.
• Blow bubbles with small children or pets, and chase them in the yard.
• Prepare a vegetable in a new way. Check out the recipe below.
Grilled Romaine Hearts
• 2 heads romaine lettuce
• 2 TBSP olive oil
• 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
• Pinch salt
• Fresh ground pepper
Prepare grill. Clean romaine heads, being careful not to remove leaves or stem. Slice in half lengthwise and drizzle with olive oil. Drizzle with balsamic and salt and pepper lightly. Place on grill, cut side down for 2-3 minutes. Serve with sliced cherry tomatoes or 1 tsp low fat feta if desired. Serves 4.