First and foremost, I apologize for the inconsistency of my posts these last couple of weeks! This week has been especially trying (after two accidents, and trying to finish my GYBG challenge (read about it HERE) I've been dead on my feet!) I'll do my best to be more consistent- #goals.
BUT that brings me to this post, if January was a trial month with keeping to your goals, start fresh again this month.
I don't know about you, but I don't really like to 'diet.' The thought of totally restricting myself for an extended period of time makes me totally depressed- even when I know the things that I need to restrict aren't too good for me. (don't get me wrong though, I do try and officially diet from time to time, just to keep my momentum... but long term it doesn't work well for me!) I'm working on getting better at meal prepping for breakfast & lunch and avoiding snacking throughout the day. I feel like if I work on just one goal at a time, I can stick with it a ton better. It's a total confidence builder.
The other day I picked up this book and thought that the advice was pretty dang useful! They split the book up into 3 phases- Lose It, Live It, Extra Stuff. In the Lose It section, they recommend adding 5 habits (adding seems way easier than breaking!), breaking 5 habits and 5 extras. Doing all of that at once is a little ambitious as a life style change, so I'm taking 5 at a time. I'll work on these for a while until I feel like they've become a habit & then try breaking 5.
1. Eat a healthy breakfast.
2. Eat 4 servings of veggies & 3 servings of fruit.
3. Add whole grains/replace refined products.
4. Eat healthy fats.
5. Exercise for at least 30 min daily.
There is a lot of research on all of the habits above that I could go on and on about but I don't want to bore you! There's just a couple of things that I want to mention about the above list.
Progress is progress. Making lifestyle changes and sticking to them means that you will never have to 'diet'- you'll be healthy and fit. Maybe it won't even feel like work?
Just do it. Do it every dang day.
I'm a college-grad, certified group fitness instructor and certified personal trainer looking to get my healthy to the next level. I hope you can find a little something here that will help you on your journey too.