The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.

—Oscar Wilde

This is gonna hurt. I’m sorry, but it’s time to be truthful. Look at yourself in the mirror in just your undies. Do you have love handles and cellulite? We all have something we want to change. Coming face-to-face with the truth can be incredibly motivating, while putting clothes on just covers the problem, doesn’t it?

Throughout the day, you know what you’re hiding; numbers don’t lie. Weigh yourself and take your measurements. Are you content with those numbers? Do you want to look better and feel better? Have no fear! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you didn’t get that body overnight.

If you ingest more calories than you burn, you’ll gain weight. A sedentary lifestyle can also contribute to weight gain and muscle loss. Some of us may have tried exercise and diet programs but quit them. While millions pay for health club memberships, a majority go unused. I enjoy working out with others. I’m less likely to quit my workout early, answer my cell phone, or get distracted, but some people enjoy exercising in the convenience of their own homes at the time they choose. Options are great.

You don’t even have to buy DVDs or gym memberships. Go for a walk, take the stairs, and park your car farther from the door. Eliminate sodas, processed foods, and empty-calorie snacks. At least twenty minutes of exercise three days per week is a good way to start. Studies show that even this amount of exercise will reduce stress, curtail illnesses, and even prolong life expectancy. Grab a pen and piece of paper, or your journal and write down what simple changes can you make every day to get in shape.

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