Healthy Living

Brian Duewel is a guest columnist | Contact Brian

Resolve to start changing life today

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There are always points on the calendar when people decide to make the change and get in shape. New Year’s resolutions, beach season and a long-anticipated high school reunion are just a few. As a trainer, it’s one of those things I never understood: the desire to wait to change your life.

My mother, Sheila, is the perfect example. She’s always saying, “I’m going to start my diet Monday.” She’s always looking to the calendar for a date to change her life.

My advice to her is the same as it is to anyone who wants to lose weight, eat better or work out: “Start now.”

But that’s just me being a bit of a nag. In all reality, I like that there are times when people are motivated to better their situation. Anything to improve one’s self is great; I actually wish there were more motivators throughout the year.

Whether you wait or start today, understand that you’ll need a little patience. If your goal is to lose 10 pounds, know from day one that it takes time.

Don’t buy into The Biggest Loser hype and look for quick results. This leads to workout depression and ultimately, failure. With proper nutrition and exercise, the average person can expect to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week. The men and women on television in weight-loss shows are continuously supervised and have constant professional support, from trainers and dieticians to doctors and nurses.

Hopefully you have your own support. With family, friends and workout buddies, you’ll be more likely to accomplish all your realistic goals. It’s nice to have your team by your side every step of the way.

Now back to my nagging.

If your objective is to be beach-ready by spring break, don’t wait to start your program – get moving now. With each passing week, you lose valuable time instead of the weight you’re looking to shed. Even if it’s just 10 minutes walking on the treadmill, the most important thing is to start. Ten minutes the first day, 11 the second and by the end of the month, you’re doing a half hour. Before you know it, you’re jogging, then running.

The same philosophy holds true for swimming, biking and weight lifting: start slow and build.

If I’m starting to sound like an annoying personal trainer, so be it. I just want to push you to succeed.

It really is possible to achieve your perfect beach body or just get in better shape; you just have to get to it.

For this week’s easy fit mini recipe, try a cutie-and-spinach salad. Peel three sweet, seedless cuties mandarins. Take a bag of washed baby spinach, toss in one-third cup of olive oil, two tablespoons of seasoned rice vinegar, half a sliced red onion, a quarter cup of shelled pistachios and four ounces of crumbled feta, bleu or parmesan cheese. Add your cuties and lightly salt and pepper to taste.

If you have questions or recipes to pass on, e-mail brian@brianduewel.com.


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