Recently, Mr. Kawaii and I joined the golden age of video rental by joining Netflix. Although it's been around for years now, it took our local video rental store closing down for us to finally make the leap to give Netflix a try. As we have been browsing through the instant downloads on our Xbox, I noticed that there are quite a few workout videos available to watch instantly, and DVDs available by mail.
This morning when I poked my head out the door and a blast of cold air hit me in the face, I decided to stay in and give the Netflix queue a try. I quickly found Self: Bikini Ready Fast! and decided to give it a shot. It was a pretty low-impact strength training workout, and I pulled my trusty Kidney Bean cans out of the cabinet to substitute for weights. It was easy to follow along, and I was SUPREMELY pleased when at the end of the exercise the instructor gave tips on eating a healthy diet including a little bit of everything. She spoke of the importance of including fats, carbs, protein and fiber into well-rounded eating habits as well as giving ourselves a break now and again to splurge on our favorite foods.
With all the hype of wildly popular shows like The Biggest Loser focusing on how to lose as much weight as possible - and fast - a big gap has been left for people who are looking for sustainable solutions. Restrictive diets and hours-long exercise routines are difficult for most people to follow for more than a few weeks at a time, and it takes a big reality check for those of us who need to come to terms with understanding that eating 1,100 calories and spending 3 hours at the gym every single day is just not something we can do.
I have learned over the last year that the most difficult and rewarding part of living a healthy lifestyle is finding patience. We need patience for ourselves so that we can move at our own pace and find long-lasting results, we need patience for others who think we aren't getting "enough" results and we need patience for our bodies to know that they will change in their own way and time. Changing the way we live is a very difficult task, which is why so few people are able to see their goals through to the end. The most important thing for me, and for you, is to just keep trying. We'll get there when we get there!