The winter months tricked me. The holidays tricked me. Food tricked me. Okay, okay, I was a willing participant, but the party is over! A couple of months ago, I realized that I needed to slow down on the way that I was mistreating my body.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every minute of eating and sitting on the couch, but I didn’t like the way it made me feel in my clothes. And you know I love clothes. I tend to do well for about half of the year then slip into a lot more comfort food and less physical activity. Not good.
So, let’s talk about the changes I’ve made over the last few weeks. I don’t expect instant results but I know that in the long run, I’ll be healthier and happier with the way that I feel and look. I’m not talking about dieting. I’m not really good at that. I’m talking about some simple changes that I’ve made for myself. Different things work for different folks but this list is about what has worked for me for the last couple of months. I hope that you are motivated to try some of these or to come up with your own regimen that will make you feel great from the inside out.
1. Get a tool: I got a FitBit. If you lack discipline, getting a tool to track your progress is best. As you know, the FitBit tracks your steps, other physical activity, food, weight, etc. I got mine at Nordstrom for $150. Worth every penny. See, HERE. My daily goal is 10k steps. I never leave home without it.
2. Invest in great workout shoes: My man bought me new Nike shoes & they have changed my life. I not only love the way they look, they are lightweight and since getting them, I no longer suffer from pain in my shin. The great neon orange color is pretty stylish and cool too. Shop these, HERE.
3. Increase daily water intake: I got a $3 water bottle from Wal Mart. It’s a 74 oz bottle, the required daily amount of water that I need to drink. I fill it up in the morning and I don’t go to bed until I’m done drinking it. I’m usually done drinking it by 4pm now.
4. Meal preparation: Not an easy task but when I dedicate a couple of hours on Sunday to prepare healthy meals for the week, it’s easy to stay on track during my busy workweek. I also buy and pack healthy snacks like fruit, rice cakes, granola, and nuts. The key is to take care of hunger before you’re tempted to reach for the bad stuff. I cut down on sweets, fried foods and soda.
5. Go meatless: I now eat mostly meatless meals during the week. It saves calories and my choices are in line with clean eating. It makes me feel lighter, less fatigued and healthier. I have no intention on becoming a vegetarian but I enjoy cutting back on all meat during the week. One of my favorite lunches has been this bowl from Baja Fresh.
6. Replace meals: I am committed to replacing one meal a day with a smoothie. My favorite meal to replace is dinner since it’s right after my workout. It makes me feel strong and accomplished. I prep them in easy grab & go, 16 0z bottles to save time and to beat hunger.
7. Juice or Blend: Since I don’t own a juicer, I blend. I use some weight loss smoothie recipes that I found online. My favorite weight loss smoothie recipe includes: spinach, kale, cucumbers, celery, parsley, fresh ginger, fresh lemon, cayenne pepper, water, and honey (to sweeten a bit). I also add apples to some and pineapples to others. I don’t mix the fruit and I make sure that the smoothie has more of the green stuff than anything. HERE are some other recipes you can try.
Photo from: In Sonnet’s Kitchen
8. Enjoy food: I made a decision that since I work so hard to maintain my weight and health during the week, I can splurge a little when I go out to eat on weekends or if out celebrating with friends. I don’t deprive myself. It helps me curb those cravings because I know that I haven’t given up what I love. I’ve just put some limitations on how much of it I have.
9. Find buddies: Sometimes I take a buddy with me for my walks and I’m part of FitBit challenges that are competitive and keep me motivated.
10. Keep moving: While they say a healthy lifestyle is 80% of what you eat, you still need to move your feet and get off your butt! I now go power walking as much as I can but usually about 4x a week. I’m usually power walking for an hour and it helps me lose inches and water weight. I’ve lost 8 lbs since January 13th. Slow loss but still a loss and I’m happy with it. A few more unhealthy pounds need to shake off. I’m not talking about weight loss just for size purposes, I’m motivated to lose weight so that my body and mind can be healthier.
I’m going to keep this up. Of course with some tweaks here and there as time goes by. It makes me feel good and look good. I’ll just keep getting better. I hope that this post motivates you too. You deserve to look and feel wonderful. Join the journey….XOXO