A Mom's Starbucks' Diet-Keeping Fit & Healthy MY Way!

First of all, let me start off by saying that this is not an article about how you can lose weight drinking Starbucks' tall, nonfat, no-whip mocha drinks all day long! Oh how I wish it were true, but sadly enough, it just isn't so.

This "diet" of mine is a way of life that I prescribe to--at least I try to every day. It takes committment and some effort, but I find it to be very satisfying, and perhaps, you too will find some value in it. You will learn later how important my favorite Starbucks' drink is to my philosophy so please read on...

First Thing In the Morning....

When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is to remind myself to be kind to others that day. This is huge and shouldn't be overlooked! When you are kind to someone, it not only makes the other person feel good, but it will make you feel good too. Not only that, but the world rewards us in mysterious ways and you will find that the "kindness" will come back to you at some point in time in some way that you never expected. I think I can say this with almost 100% certainty. Try it, it's amazing!

At the end of the day, look back and think about the ways you were kind to others. For instance, this morning in traffic, I let other commuters get in front of me whenever someone looked at me to pull out into traffic. At my daughter's school, I held the door open for mothers with multiple children. After school, I invited my friend's daughter over to play with my daughter, gave compliments to others that were heartfelt, and smiled and made small talk with store workers--you get the idea. By keeping track of my "kindness," I become accountable for my actions and am more aware of it throughout the day. Guess what, when you take the focus off yourself, you become less obsessed with your weight and appearance and automatically, you start to feel good about yourself! Take it one step further and start looking for ways to help people--your friend is looking for a new job, your neighbor needs to find a new home for their puppy, a co-worker is looking for a friend she can talk to--you get the picture. You'll suddenly be amazed how your problems start to disappear, you gain more confidence, and feel worthy of tackling your own issues whether it be weight or something else.

Get Moving!

The next thing is to schedule into your day, some sort of activity. For me, it's a session on the treadmill, a workout tape, a run outdoors, or a long walk with a good friend. It's amazing how you will find time to do something like this when it becomes a priority. For a couple of months, I found that I couldn't fit working out into my schedule except for on the weekends--and I work from home part-time in my own business! However, once I made it a priority, exercising was easy to fit into my day almost every day! In addition, I move around a lot. I run up the stairs when I have to go up them (And any Mom knows how many times we go up and down the stairs in any given day!), walk fast when I'm in the Mall, jog to my mailbox, etc.--anything to get moving. Believe me, this all adds up and you should feel good about these little things because they do matter and do contribute to your overall well-being. In addition, pick up some weights! Especially for ladies, you'll feel empowered and strong in mind and body once you start lifting weights. Start out with the little dumbbells and go from there. I guarantee if you stick with it for a couple of weeks, you will see definition in your arms.

Don't Be Hard On Yourself

Another philosophy I have, is to NOT be hard on myself when I take a day off from formal exercising (like now as I write this hub), or when I eat something that probably wouldn't be considered good for me (I just took a bite of my daughter's chocolate chip, pumpkin muffin)! Heck, life should be enjoyed and I tell myself that I'll just cut something out later on in the day (it's about total calories and not where they come from anyway--so I hear).

Get Creative

I'm also a big believer in having something productive to do that you LIKE to do to fill your mind and soul. For me, it's creating new ways to earn money from home. I get huge satisfaction knowing that something I created and followed through with produced results. This alone gets me out of bed at 5:30 a.m. with a spring in my step. I can't tell you how much I look forward to the day when I know that I have something worthwhile to me to take part in. For someone else, it could be learning a new hobby, writing a book, starting a scrapbook, trying new recipes--whatever drives a creative spirit. This alone can get you through the workday knowing you have something else that is meaningful to you and fills your creative spirit. And guess what? Learning something new gives you more to talk about with your family and friends and when it's something you like, your excitement will be attractive to others.


Reward Yourself

And now for my final "diet" tip.....REWARD YOURSELF! Not weekly or monthly, but daily. My reward happens to be my favorite Starbucks drink: a tall, nonfat, no-whip mocha. I have been drinking this drink for over eight years. First, in its' full fat, whipped cream version, then as the years passed by and the pregnancy weight needed to come off, the lighter version (which in my opinion is almost as good as the original but is only 170 calories vs. 290 calories). I'm sure not everyone is a fan of Starbucks or coffee drinks, but your reward can be whatever you want it to be--within reason! I happen to like that burst of energy I get from this drink around 3:00 p.m., and it satisfies my chocolate craving. Since I know I'm indulging in this in the afternoon, I am much better at controlling my chocolate craving earier in the day. I have something to look forward to and it makes my afternoon drive to my son's busstop 25 minutes away, more enjoyable.

So that's it, my "diet" philosophy--my way of life. All you need to ask yourself is, who would you rather spend time with......a starved, miserable bore who talks only about food and how they aren't eating any, or someone who is kind, excited about life, has an interesting story to tell, and can share something new with you? I think the answer is pretty obvious. So go out in the world and be kind to others, get moving, find something creative to get involved in, go easy on yourself, and head on down to your local Starbucks for your tall, nonfat, no-whip mocha.

Can't you just smell the coffee brewin'?



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