TGIF

Happy Friday everyone! It’s been a super busy but very productive day today. No workout at the gym. I did clean my whole house! All the running around today and cleaning has to count for something! Made good food choices today and only had one snack. I hope that everyone has a great weekend and doesn’t stray from their journey. Make time for a walk or get to the gym if you can. Choose healthy clean meals! Absolutely don’t forget to drink water! Half your body weight! Hoping the weather is good enough for a bike ride this weekend!

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Day 5

Happy Friday! So as happy as I am that the weekend is upon us I must say I am a little nervous about staying on track. Both kids have football and typically life is a bit crazy. This will be a good test for myself to be sure I can keep on track no matter what. I am proud to report I exceeded my one hour commitment to workout today. It was only 15 minutes but hey! So all snacks and meals with exception of dinner is in my diary and I have 1,056 left! I have drank half my body weight in water everyday this week so far and today will be no different. I went to Bingo to pick up a couple things for the weekend dinners and they have the most amazing dark chocolate covered pecans and I so badly wanted to give in and buy them for myself! A reward for doing so good all week. A food reward…not cool. I didn’t though! I walked right by them! Progress!
I would like to meal prep for the week but the end of the month is always a super tight budget so I am going to do with what I have and meal prep as soon as I can. I find it so much easier to meal prep being how busy life is! This journey is proving just how difficult juggling life and this healthy journey really is. I understand why so many say they don’t have time or can’t commit but let’s switch out CAN’T for CAN! Have a fabulous weekend!
#becauseican

Day 4

I made it through another day! I killed my cardio workout today! I submitted my diary with my fitness pal with over 250 calories left. I am hungry right now but I am about to go brush my teeth and relax. I wanted to share with all of you that I tried the meals delivery to my house. I did hello fresh and this week sun basket. Both were good. I think the produce in the sun basket was a little nicer. I figured I would try them out with the coupon to switch things up a bit. Hydrating is so very important! I am a water drinker so drinking water isn’t a chore to me. Be sure to drink half your body weight every day in water. I do that and I usually have a cup of plain green tea or other a day. I am seeing that keeping within my 3/4 hour eating my snacks and meals is hard for me but I am coming close to it and won’t put pressure on myself about that because I feel like I am doing really good. Today’s workout was hard because I am sore but it felt like a 1/4 of the old Meghan in beast mode was there to pull me through. Now for some rest. Tomorrow is another day. Let’s bring each other up. Empower one another! #becauseican

March

So we are about to go into March…I can smell spring:)  Spring means we are that much closer to wearing less clothes!  No more baggy sweaters and sweats!  Get on track.  If your journey has remained on track then I say keep on keeping on.  Don’t forget to switch up your workout routines for the best results.  I switch up my routines every month to month and a half.  Right now I am focusing on glutes and abs.  I add cardio and arms in but my main focus is glutes and abs.  Find your target areas on your body that you want to work on and work on perfecting exercises to get you to your goals.

Don’t hide behind your sweaters anymore.  Get your diet right!  This is a journey.  Remember even if you have gotten off track its ok!  Just take every opportunity to get back on track.  Don’t say I will start tomorrow.  If you realize your off track the next thing you put in your mouth should be the start to getting back on your journey.  It starts with picking the right foods to cook.  Preparing your foods so you don’t set yourself up for failure when time gets in the way.  Commit to exercise!  If you exercise the weight will come off quicker.  If you have an injury or reason your can’t workout than your food has to be on point!  Follow me on pinterest!  I have a board for healthy recipes and a board for exercise routines.  I know how difficult it can be know what to cook or how to cook so if you follow me you will see I have tried several recipes on my board.  Drink your water and if you haven’t tried it yet try drinking hot green tea each day.

My pinterest name is Meghan Woodruff

Chew your calories! Don’t drink them:)

I am not one to drink my calories!  I already gave you my strong opinion about soda.  Just don’t do it!  Diet or regular.  If a soda is your occasional splurge than drink a regular one instead of diet.  Promise to make it a once a month splurge and not once a week.  My compromise with myself is that if I am going to splurge it better be worth it!  I don’t eat anything that is mediocre and something that isn’t part of my normal healthy eating plan better be amazing!  Amazing enough for me to have to do extra in the gym the next day!  I know that some people like to juice or do replacement shakes for meals.  If that works for you great!  If it’s just a quick fix then find a way to make time for a real healthy balanced meal.  The reason I say that is…anyone can mix up a pre-packaged shake and replace a meal for that.  Of course you will lose weight!  I promise you when you go back to your normal habits you will gain that weight and possibly more.  You didn’t learn portion control.  You didn’t learn how to grocery shop for a healthy diet.  You didn’t learn how to prepare healthy meals that you enjoy.  You didn’t learn how to control normal daily cravings.  Learn how to chew your calories.

Summer is officially here so hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!  If you do one thing to begin your journey start drinking half your body weight in water.  Cut out all other drinks from your diet for 2 weeks and I bet you will lose a couple of pounds.  Drink your Yogi Blueberry Green Tea steeped for 20 minutes 16 oz.   All this drinking will fill you up too so you won’t feel so hungry!  Yes you will be running to the bathroom so plan accordingly but I assure you once this becomes routine it will not seem like sooo much water to consume in a day!

Don’t drink your calories!  Enjoy them!  Chew them:)

PS:

Who doesn’t want a better butt??  I know I do!  Here is a workout plan you can try!

http://positivemed.com/2014/04/22/brazilian-butt-lift-exercise/

Preparedness

This journey we are on requires preparation.  You prepare yourself to leave the house in the rain with an umbrella right?  You prepare for a snowstorm!  So why wouldn’t you prepare yourself for your health and wellness journey?  This is one of the most important journeys you will ever go on!  If you need this journey it’s not just to look cute in your bathing suit.  It is so you can have a healthy body and mind.  So you can be active and live a long healthy life.

First, you need to prepare your mind.  Write down what you want from this journey.  Write down your goals.  Find inspirational quotes and print them out and put them on your bathroom mirror.  Put them on your refrigerator.  Put them in your car or your gym bag.  Say them over and over to yourself!

Second, prepare by figuring out what you consume that is not healthy and take it out of your life.  I don’t mean carbs.  I don’t mean cutting anything out of your life forever either.  Except soda!  If you drink soda…stop that NOW!  You need to find a balance.  You might need to cut some things out in the beginning but as your continue you can add back some of those items in proper portions.  Start by getting on my fitness pal app or something like it.  This is a way to track everything you consume.  You will put all of your info in and set your goals and you will quickly see what foods you need to cut out or swap for better choices.  Commit to this for at least two weeks to really grasp what you should be eating.  Start drinking 1/2 your body weight in water.  If your 200 lbs you should be drinking 100 oz. of water a day.  It might sound like a lot but your journey is worth it!  You are worth it!  Prepare your meals ahead of time!  Make lists when you go to the store and stick with them.  Pack proper portioned snacks and have them with you at all times.  When your going out to a restaurant look up the menu ahead of time and make the best choices you can so you can enjoy being out but staying on your journey!  No cheat days!  Treat yourself to something every day as long as it’s the right portion size and you are staying within your proper calorie intake.  Don’t binge or over indulge with a cheat day.

Third, prepare to make time in your busy life for fitness.  This journey will go much faster if you add some time of activity every day or at least 5 days a week.  Go treat yourself to some comfortable gym clothes.  You are worth it!  Get yourself a good pair of sneakers!  Promise you will thank me for that!  The weather is warm…get out and walk.  Run, ride your bike!  Join the gym!  Most gyms have great deals in the summer because most people prefer to be outside doing their activity.  Walk the dog.  Just get up off the couch and move!  Commit to moving for at least 20 minutes a day.

Prepare yourself!  Prepare for a tough journey.  Prepare to falter we are only human.  Prepare to get back to your journey.  This is going to be one of the hardest but most rewarding things you will ever do for yourself.  Be prepared to make it life long!  I know you are worth it!  Now show yourself that you are!

PS

Please comment on this blog and tell about your journey and I will randomly pick one winner and send you a “because you can” shirt:)

Cravings

When you are veering off your journey with your healthy eating do you find yourself reaching for sugary junk and processed crap?  I cannot tell a lie…I do!  I also know that one day of that makes me want another and another!  It is so true that all of the chemicals in that processed yuck just makes you crave more and more of it!  If your into cleanses then this is the time to do it!  I don’t do them so I just have to find the strength from within to not continue to eat the junk and go back to the normal healthy eating routine.  I do treat myself here and there but doing it on a daily is just something that makes me want more than is acceptable on my journey.

Drink your water!  Half your body weight in ounces!  Drink your hot green tea!  Fill up on fruits and veggies and be sure you’re getting enough protein!  Be sure you are eating every 3 hours 3 meals 2 snacks.  I keep snack bags of walnuts or almonds in the cabinet and my pocketbook.  I also like to keep cut up watermelon in the refrigerator.  Summer is so easy to keep the fruits and veggies in the house!  Apples, oranges, cucumbers, tomato and bananas are some go to snacks when I would want to grab junk!  I love using my crock pot all year around!  Try this crock pot recipe!  Hope you enjoy!

http://skinnyms.com/slow-cooker-lemon-basil-chicken-with-carrots/