Time to Shape Up and Get Healthy

It is a true treat to live in Southern California and experience daylight saving time. On Sunday, the sun was shining some gorgeous 70-degree weather all day and the evening sneaked up on us as sundown didn't occur until nearly 7 p.m. It was one of those days where you want to pinch yourself and say, "Life is good right now.”

Much of the day was spent sitting on a patio in a quirky beach town nursing sangria and tacos alongside many other SoCal locals. I couldn't help but take note of the fit, tanned and well-dressed women. Midway through my meal, I started to realize that I was gawking and it was embarrassing. I commented aloud to my lunch date that the scene was a bit intimidating to a girl. Here I was, hiding my leftover Saturday night curls under my Dodgers cap while sipping some sangria and staring through my sunglasses at the size zero women in the bar wearing their cut-off jean shorts. Needless to say, my self-esteem quickly plummeted as I felt like Anne Hathaway in the beginning part of The Devil Wears Prada.

My lunch date was patient and kind in his response and I let it go immediately because I certainly didn't want to be �that girl� on a date. But the thoughts lingered throughout the rest of the day. Daylight saving time means longer days and hot summer nights; in other words, no more bulky sweaters and baggy jeans.

I can whine and complain all I want, but the reality is that I have to own my health and my habits. No one is shoving cookies in front of me or forcing me to enjoy that extra glass of wine. These are my choices and I can choose to make healthy or unhealthy lifestyle ones. Starting this week, though, I am going to focus on making healthy lifestyle choices and encourage you to join me.

This comes down to health, not any particular size or weight goal. So, I can make some small adjustments and a stronger commitment to fitness that will allow me to hold my head high in my Dodgers hat on a sunny Sunday afternoon. With that in mind, let's spend the next 60 days together checking in and creating healthy habits. Just sit down and commit to three new habits for the week ahead. I'll even let you share mine. I plan on drinking more water, eliminating cookies (including the ones sold by cute little girls in green uniforms) and exercising for more than 30 minutes at least three times per week.

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