What motivates you? What keeps your motivated? We all wish it was easy to lose weight and get into an exercise routine. There has to be something that motivates us. Is it that your clothes don’t fit? Is it what someone said to you or how they looked at you? It really doesn’t matter what it was that brought you to this journey. It is what keeps you motivated to stay on this journey. It is NOT a diet. It is a journey to a healthier you. It is a fitness and healthy food journey. Learning how to do what is your normal routine of shopping and cooking will be your first hurtle. You crave what you know. Your mind and body needs to be retrained. You have to learn what is healthy and what good portion sizes are. Finding different ways to cook that are healthy and new recipes that will be exciting. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. Dreaded exercise…I say dreaded because so many people tell me they don’t know how to get started. Just start by moving! Take the dog for a extra long walk. Use half of your lunch hour and take a walk around your work parking lot. Join a gym that works for your life. Make sure its affordable, that you are comfortable there, they have a childcare so you can commit to going without excuses. Don’t be intimidated. Walk into the gym and be confident. Hop on a machine push the green start button and start moving. Commit to staying on the machine a little longer every time. Put the resistance up as you get into a routine.
I used to reward myself with food. I still do occasionally but before you can start with food rewards you have to meet your weight loss goals and really be in a good head space about your journey so you can have perspective. In the beginning that is just not something that is easy. No cheat days! Let your reward for weight loss be to get higher goals and set aside money to buy yourself a article of clothing or fun piece of inexpensive costume jewelry. Reward yourself with time..set aside some time to just sit and watch a mindless show, read a book or take a bubble bath! This journey you are embarking upon can be so rewarding! Just stay the course and if you veer off get right back on track. Don’t let any time go by…not a minute! The longer your off track the more weight you put back on or gain and gaining is so much easier than taking if off! I believe in you!
Today I wanted to reach out to tell you once again about my Jaybird Reign fitness tracker. When the trackers first started getting big I had no desire to have one. I figured I push myself enough I don’t need to keep track of steps. So after a long time I finally began to research them and the Reign stuck out to me. It really did things that the others don’t offer. It has a go zone that every morning you do a heart rate test and it tells you how ready your body is to workout. They also offer go zone reps that you can call and they will help you meet your goals.
The Jaybird customer service people have been so so helpful to me and so generous. If you are thinking about a fitness tracker please check out this one!
It’s the weekend! Stay on track. Do your shopping and cooking for the upcoming week.
So you started your journey. You can do this strictly with your diet or you can incorporate working out into this journey! I suggest both. Let’s say you choose to hit the gym. Now you are there…the real struggle begins. It may be out of your comfort zone or intimidating. Do not zone out. This journey is for you. You have to want this. You have to want it more than your afraid of it. Get on a machine push the green quick start button and set a short term goal! Challenge yourself to get to that short term goal and surpass it! Crushing your goals will become the only thing on your mind instead of the laundry you have to do or the errands you have to run. Doing this will keep you accountable and motivated. You will be able to say you did it and hopefully want more!
I don’t believe in a cheat day but if that is how your journey is set up I suggest you work out on that cheat day because if you get on the scale or out your pants on the next day and they are tight….was the cheat day worth it? We all know how hard it is to loose a pound or two so that crap you ate on your cheat day I am guessing wasn’t worth it. If you balance your diet and exercise plus do not deprive yourself you won’t feel the need to go over board on one single day.
Having been very sleep deprived for the past couple of weeks I have had to work very hard to stay motivated. As we all know this journey isn’t easy on a daily basis. You are all getting to know me but those who do know me know that when I set my mind to something there is very little that can get in my way! I work very hard to eat well and on a schedule. I very rarely drink alcohol and work out 6-7 days a week. Lately with the labor day weekend and enjoying time with friends I have been drinking more than normal. I always drink clear…vodka and club. I eat before I go out so that I am not hungry to eat crap. If I do eat out I make the best choices possible. I went to the tiki bar and looked at the menu and it was almost laughable but then I saw grilled chicken wrap and it was the perfect comprise! The no eating after 7…um well that has been broken recently too. All of these broken promises to my journey have reflected in no negative changes to my body. I attribute that to when I can I stay the course and work hard on my fitness. I actually weighed myself and am happy to say I am 148. I think that is my number. Less than 150 which is all a head game for me but as long as I realize that I know where I need to be for me. When I look in the mirror or try on my clothes I feel good. What is it all about people? Feeling your best! So if you feel your best you will reflect that and people will be drawn to you. Your number on the scale doesn’t make you the amazing person that you are. Your happiness that you outwardly exude is what draws people in and keeps you feeling your best. So the point of this blog is sometimes we have a bad eating day. Sometimes we have a bad eating meal or skip the gym a day or more. This all is normal stuff. Life is busy and our daily life can force us to not stick to our routine. As long as you are constantly aware of your journey and never give up you will be ok.
Stay motivated. Find motivation within yourself. Take motivation from the person on the machine next to you at the gym. See someone walking or running down the street and let that motivate you to get out there too. Go grocery shopping and pick up the right things that you love to fuel your body properly. Allow joy in your life. Tell yourself you are beautiful because you are. Exercise because you can. Tomorrow is another day and as long as you wake up you have the opportunity to make it a good one!
I first would like to apologize for being neglectful to my followers. As many of you know life gets in the way.
So this weather the past few days sure doesn’t feel like fall is coming. I must admit I am enjoying soaking up every last bit of the warmth and enjoying my summer clothes and flip-flops! I have been enjoying outdoor activities like running, biking and paddle boarding. I must give credit where credit is due theses humid hot days running outside is torture to me…so for all of you who get out there and run you are my hero! I am happy to report I am really liking avocado and especially guacamole. It’s good to try new things especially being open to things your thought you couldn’t possibly like.
So although the weather hasn’t cooled down quite yet your mind might be doing the dance of joy for the upcoming baggy sweaters and sweat shirts but don’t allow the fall clothes to keep you from your journey. Summer gives us a bit more perspective because squeezing into shorts and a tank top can be eye opening. Putting on a baggy sweater and comfy pants can convince you to sit down and enjoy a bowl of ice cream. Stay on your healthy journey and find some great new recipes. Get out there and walk, run, bike, walk the dog. Enjoy the fall weather before the real cold comes. Keep your body in the healthiest shape you possibly can. If you fuel your body properly and add exercise where you can you will sleep better, feel great and overall just be happier. Think of your body like a furnace. Fuel your body with lean protein, good carbs, veggies, good fats and fruits. This combined with activity you will see that your body will be like a constant burning furnace. Keep in mind your portion control and eating every 3 hours. Choose a realistic time to stop your food intake in the evening.
This is a journey. Remain on your journey regardless of any slips. This is a journey about you. About being a healthy you. Do this because you believe in yourself. Do this because you can. You can so you will!
I love this soup! I don’t add cheese and saute in coconut oil and add a touch of olive oil:) Hope you like it as much as I do. Who doesn’t love a crockpot recipe!
You went to the gym today or you walked the dog around the block….that’s exercise right! Yes it is! I am happy your moving. Moving and not being a couch potato is great! If you are in a journey towards change…losing weight, healthy living then I expect more. You should want more too! You need to be moving and working up a sweat. If you are going to walk the dog walk for at least 20 minutes at a brisk walk. If your on the treadmill you’re not strolling! If you can talk to your friend next to you with no struggle then sorry but you’re not moving to your fullest potential! Some days are harder to get motivated and yes you need to listen to your doctor and their recommendations or just what your body might be telling you. Don’t confuse hard work and drive with your body saying it’s too hard I should quit or half ass it! Set out telling yourself you can! You will! You want to! Remember set small goals and exceed them! Set new goals till you have killed it and are so proud of yourself that you can’t wait to do it again the next day and strive for more!
Remember you didn’t just work out to go home and have ice cream and cookies you worked out because you’re changing your lifestyle you’re moving on to a healthy lifestyle. Yes you just killed it so go home and make a protein shake or get some good protein in your body! Don’t undo what you just worked so hard for. I am telling you because I was that girl! I was the girl who used to go to the gym and stroll on the treadmill for 20 minutes or so and go home feeling like I had bragging rights because I went to the gym and did a little something. I would reward myself with a container of ice cream and a big spoon. I went to the gym…come on I earned it! Um…NO! I also remained chubby and unhealthy fooling myself into believing I was meant to be overweight for the rest of my life! As you all know that is BS! I am living proof anyone can be on this journey with me. You just have to want it enough to make it your lifestyle.
Food Tip: I got whole grain naan and grilled up eggplant, zucchini, squash and spread some homemade garlic scape paste (like pesto) on the naan with a sprinkle of feta cheese and enjoyed a wonderful pizza the other night. I did one with feta and one with fresh mozzarella. Try out this garlic scape recipe below. Hope you enjoy as much as I did.
So all my life I have cared for someone! If I wasn’t caring for someone’s children then I was helping out at home! At the age of about 10 I started being a mother’s helper. My mother was diagnosed with cancer when I was in the 6th grade. I helped as much as I could and had to grow up faster than most kids my age. I am just a caregiver my nature. I have always given so much of myself to others that I forget about myself. I typically give too much!
It took about 20 years but finally I needed to put myself at the top of the priority list. That is way too many years so please hear me when I say only good can come of you putting yourself at the top of the list of prioritites. I am the only one who can care for me the way I need it! I am the only person that can allow myself happiness and put myself in relationships and situations that will make me happy. I need to be cared for too! My journey began a couple of years ago when I started caring for myself by eating proper portions and eating healthier. I felt so good about making these changes and in turn began to make more changes for me. The gym came next and now I am a gym rat as you all know! Don’t wait to prioritize yourself! Don’t put everyone and everything else before you! I promise the laundry will be there when you get home from the gym! I promise you that your family will also benefit from your happiness! It is not selfish! If is ok to prioritize yourself! It’s ok to want to feel good! Feed your body right and make time for exercise and you will begin your journey! Once you have begun you will feel so much better! Be the best “you” that you can be!
Please don’t wait like I did! Learn from my mistakes! Love yourself enough to make the changes you need to be your healthiest and best you!