(This is a continuation of the post listed here Part 1)
So, how are we going to start on this road of better health? For starters, we’re going to be learning a few things and a few terms that are thrown around all the time. Like anyone REALLY knows what those mean. I mean, come on… (OK, I’m kidding. I know what they mean. And you will too, IF you follow me through this.)
First word: As was mentioned in the prior blog post. Consistency. There are several definitions for this word, but the one I’m talking about is this: Doing something the same way, every time with very little to no deviations. –An example of this would be if you’re going to weigh yourself on the scale, do it at the same time of day, in the same manner. So, if you are in your PJs when you weigh the first time: Make sure you’re in your PJs from that point on. If you weigh yourself right before getting in the shower the first time, make sure you DON’T wait till after the shower the next. This is pretty important, as you (meaning I in this case) can see as much as 1 to 6 pounds difference throughout the course of the day. (Tip: Pick a time, and weigh yourself EVERYDAY at that same time. For me, this is right after I wake up, and right before I take a shower. Start recording these numbers. Don’t skip. It’s VERY important. Over time, you’ll begin to notice that your weight will go up as much as it goes down. (There is a reason for this. Don’t panic. What we’re looking for here is just a series of numbers that we can look at over the course of your journey.)).
Next word: Calorie. What is it? Well, it’s the energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water through 1 °C. –Errrrr, what? Now we’re getting all sciencey and stuff… Really???? Who cares? Basically it’s this. It’s just a unit of measurement that has been standardized. Again, you look puzzled. What if I told you it was like an inch, or a foot? Those are both units of measurement that you understand right? If I told you something was 2 feet long, you’d be able to understand that. Or if your hands should be held 6 inches above the heater, you’d understand what I meant. A calorie is no different. Here is where a lot of diet and fitness sites will tell you wrong. You see things like “a calorie from candy is much worse than a calorie from lean protein”. This is simply NOT the case. It’s a calorie (Think inches, if something is an inch away from you, it’s an inch away. Doesn’t matter if it’s a doughnut, or a screwdriver. it’s still just an inch away.) Why is that important? Because a calorie is something that’s already been standardized. So again. No difference between a calorie of protein and one of ice cream. It’s already been broken down to a standard unit of measurement. Another way to state it is this: A calorie is a unit of measurement for energy whereas an inch is a unit of measurement for distance? Clear??? Please understand this as it’s going to become VERY important later on during this. (Sidenote: I’m not saying that candy is just as good for you as protein. My point here is that the term CALORIE is a unit of measurement only, and that we’re going to use it as just that. A measurement.)
Final word for today: Exercise This is a hard one! In the way I want you to think of it, exercise means this: A means to burn calories. Doesn’t matter what you’re doing. If you’re doing something other than normal day to day things. We’re going to call it exercise. See, told you that was a tough one!
OK, so we now have a few new words that we can use correctly when talking to each other. If you didn’t learn the words… Ummm, re-read the above. If this is your second or third time reading this, and you STILL don’t understand the words. Maybe we should talk. Seriously, call me.
That’s about all I’ve got time for tonight, but we’ll be moving much quicker after this: I promise. There is something you’re going to need to know though. Change is HARD. But when broken down into small bite sized chunks, it’s pretty easy to begin. Also, those tiny bite sized changes can make a HUGE difference. So, you may not realize your entire goal right away, but let’s say you setup 7 things to do to achieve your ultimate goal. If you only do 2 of them, you may not get where you want to go, but you WILL move in that direction. (Sometimes that’s all the motivation you’ll need to progress to do the next couple of items on your goal list!)
Until next time.