Friday, September 4, 2015

Tricks to Getting Healthy.

I'm not one of those people who can cut sugar and certain foods out of my life cold turkey. Hell, I'm not even one of those people that can do one of those 30-day challenges of "Booty Blaster" and "No Sugar." They just aren't in my nature and frankly I think it's a crock of crap. *GASPS*

Yes, challenging yourself to succeed at something for 30 days is a great way to start your new journey on your way to eating no sugar or getting abs...but what happens after those thirty days? I know, I know...some of you are saying "Uhm, once you do it for 30 days it will become easier to stay on a consistent schedule." And in some aspect you're correct. But then there is the other side of it, the side that I seem to follow, and that's "What if on day 45 of "No Sugar," I have a run in with a delicious piece of cheesecake? Can I not have it? Would I have to start my 30 days over because I had a sugar relapse? These are all questions we face when we come up on a day where we think we can cheat just a little. But that little cheat day usually turns into a cheat know its true. We always have that negative connection with a cheat day, we usually hate ourselves after. No? Just me? Okay then.

So here is what I am thinking, Here are my tips and tricks to get you motivated to creating healthy habits, not restrictions:

[ 1 ] Write down your motivation. Why are you changing your life style eating/exercise habits?
I think being the healthiest you can be is going to be the main answer; because honestly who loves waking up with energy, feeling good throughout the day, and all around comfortable? EVERYONE. That's who. My Motivation is always to keep my Heart healthy. I have Congenital Heart Disease, I can't afford to be unhealthy. And so my #1 priority is: My Heart.

[ 2 ] Set a Plan of Action into Motion. What's going to keep you focused?
I have to organize EVERYTHING and I have to have a plan of action for all that I do so that I'm able to keep going strong. That's why I write down everything because it keeps me accountable. That's why I made a folder called "Getting Healthy." It has everything I need to know right inside and the best part about it is, It's customized to what works for me. It's not a replica of what I see others doing, It's not a hardcore cross-fit workout and I'm not on a Chicken and Salad diet. It's what works for me, my schedule, my abilities, my comfort zone. I can change it up as time goes on but it's nice to start out with what I know I can achieve at this moment.

[ 3 ] Start off with Goals you know you can achieve. 
My biggest issue is getting myself to drink more than 8 oz of water a day. There are some days that I would go without water until right before bedtime around 10pm, which I now come to realize is a big no-no. And so I've been following along with the goal of drinking 64oz a day by the end of 5 weeks. Another big issue was finding a workout routine that worked for me because I constantly felt like I needed to be at the gym doing squats or cross-fit to get anywhere with getting healthy. But the truth is, you don't. I'm not against the gym scene, because honestly I used to have a membership and I absolutely loved it. But for me, it's more realistic finding a routine I can do at home. And so I thought back to my conditioning days at Cheer and Gymnastics and pulled from there to come up with a workout routine that works for me, changing it up as I go.

[ 4 ] Write a Grocery List and Set up a Meal Plan.
I found that writing out a list is the best possible way to succeed, next to meal planning. They go hand and hand really. I used to just go to the store and grab whatever was easiest or sounded good. But that resulted in spending way more money than I should have originally spent AND the most of it was completely and utter junk food. Nothing refreshing and healthy at all. So I wrote myself a list, looked up some other ideas, and made the effort to not go off my list of what to purchase. Speedracer used to meal plan his food all the time, so when I told him that I wanted to get into meal planning he helped me figure out the best way's to get organized and plan out our week. It helps you stay on track and log your daily meals.

[ 5 ] Stay Inspired. 
Pinterest has been my best friend when it comes to getting healthy. I am always looking for new recipes and exercises to add into my daily routine, pinterest really helps with that. It's nice to be able to have an online board where I can pin all the things that are keeping me inspired. I love being able to go back through my online boards and try out what I've found/pinned. I am constantly adding new pins to each board.

[ 6 ] Remind yourself that it's a Slow Process but you're getting Closer to that Prize. 

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