Procrastination drains energy while action produces energy.
I love this phrase, taken from a recent devotion I was studying. It's true. Put something off, and it weighs on your mind until you do it. Draining! If you do it when you are supposed to, it is amazing the energy you can feel and the domino effect it has on the rest of your day!
Mostly everyone would agree that this is true with exercise, and prioritizing healthy eating. I have a tank top with the phrase “Do it Now” on the front. Not that I always follow that advice, but it feels so much better to “Get 'r Done” or to “Just Do It!” All of these catchphrases pretty much speak to the same message: The sooner, the better.
Jill Koegel is a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer based in Omaha. She blogs every Wednesday. Read more from Jill.
How about doing some simple swaps today, to get things started? Don't wait for a “spare” moment, as that might not ever come along!
Try at least one of these things today, or perhaps right now:
Wipe out a produce drawer and fill it with cleaned vegetables, at least two choices.
If you don't have any vegetables, stop at the nearest store, clean them well, and chop or slice them for a ready-to-eat snack.
Dump your candy dish and fill it with fresh fruit.
Wash it well before placing it in the bowl to minimize fruit flies. If you don't have fresh fruit, just dump the candy dish for now!
Get up from the computer and walk across the room.
Do 10 repetitions of your favorite exercise, then return and keep reading. Go ahead!
Think fresh, real food.
Visit a produce stand on the way home from work for a vegetable you can cook with dinner.
Bake healthy muffins in a mini muffin pan.
If making from a mix, choose a more natural one such as Simple Mornings Whole Grain by Duncan Hines. Kids love to help! Freeze 1-3 muffins in snack size zip top bags for lunches, or a sweet treat swap.
Make a glass of decaffeinated iced tea, or better yet, green tea.
If you don't have any, you can follow me through the drive through for an iced, unsweetened green tea. Starbuck's has a great version.
Get the grill going.
Fire up the grill and have a grilled salad, placing ½ a romaine lettuce head, drizzled with olive oil, flat/cut side down on the grill. Serve warm, with a bit of balsamic vinegar, cherry tomatoes, and fat free feta cheese.
Have a glass of low fat or skim milk, an hour or two before bed.
(Skip the cookies though!) The proteins that are specific to dairy are helpful in retaining muscle, and calcium has been shown to be helpful in losing body fat and weight loss.
Take your own simple steps to be healthier, and remember-- the sooner, the better!