Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Weekend Blues

I don't know about you, but I have the weekend bluessss *ok sang that to t-swifts song 22 just then* But seriously, the last few weekends have been great! They have been full of soaking up the sun by the lake, friends, puppies, shopping, home, family, drinks, & food. I live for the weekends if we are being honest 🙈 My Monday-Thursday is spent working, doing school work, working out, doing chores, grocery shopping, cooking meals, and everything in between! I usually take the weekends to just enjoy myself, hang out with friends, travel, and find good food. The food part however isn't always the healthiest... Last weekend included but was not limited to green beer (because St. Pattys day), pizza, queso and tacos (not the healthy kind, the kind from taco casa piled with tons of cheese). Through my weight loss journey, I have eaten several "unhealthy meals" and still went out with friends. What I learned was that if I took things in moderation, it wouldn't kill my diet. If you don't give yourself a few cheat meals throughout the week, your mind will never be fully committed to this journey. With that being said, when I ate pizza I had 2 slices and when I ate the tacos I had 2 tacos. I didn't go overboard and eat 3-4 slices of pizza (although I prob could) or eat 3 tacos. The idea is to give yourself these cheat meals but not to over indulge. When you binge eat all weekend, that is not a cheat meal and you are likely to gain back some weight. Try not to eat your days worth of calories in one meal. Although we have all been there, the idea is to grasp the concept that you can still get healthy by giving yourself a few days of eating things that are not so healthy. This allows you to keep your mind focused on bettering yourself and your fitness. After a weekend like these last few, I am so motivated on Monday. I crave eating healthy and a good workout. The idea is to get to this place where you don't want unhealthy food every single day and that after a fun weekend you want to "fix" your habits back to what they were during the week. You can 100% fix what you did over the weekend you just have to eat things that will do this for you. I used to have this mentality where I would say "Oh well I just ruined my diet for the whole week so I'll start next week". This was not good because I would continue to eat unhealthy for the rest of the week and then try to start again the next Monday. It wasn't until I realized that you can literally fix the damage you did the day before by simply eating healthy. Waiting is only going to prolong your weight loss and fitness journey. Getting it in your mind that you will start the day after an unhealthy weekend is how you will progress and get results! 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Move That Butt

Today I had zero time to go to the gym. I worked, ran errands, did tons of homework and made my 30 minute commute back home. Although it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of this crazy life we all live, we have a duty to ourselves to take care of our bodies. You may say you had zero time to go to the gym but chances are you have time at some point in the day to move that butt. If you can’t make it to the gym, hit up your local park, neighborhood, or even stay right at your house and workout. PAUSE. I am not perfect either and I am totally guilty of skipping workouts and sometimes just plain lazy. My point I am trying to get across is that in order to lose weight and be healthy, you have to get your mind in the right place. Last Friday I was off work so instead of netflix and chilling all day, I got a ton of steps in. I turned some music on and started cleaning. Amongst the dancing and singing and cleaning, I lost track of time and was on my feet moving for 3 hours. Now I am not by any means telling you that you have to clean house for 3 hours to lose weight. If that were the case I would’ve given up a long time ago, haha! However, I can say that I’ve gotten my mind, body, and soul to this place that strives to be a better version of myself than the day before. I have gotten to a place where I want to be active and get lots of steps in because I know that even cleaning the house for 3 hours still counts as a workout. If you are having a bad day or stressed out over something, get outside, walk 1 mile, and see how you feel after that. A coworker and I walk 1 mile at work every day at 10 and we do it in 15 minutes. If you can’t do that at your work, maybe you have a staircase? Tell yourself you are going to walk up and down the stairs 4 times because something is better than nothing. I can promise you that I do not workout in a gym doing hard core exercises every single day. Eating clean has helped me achieve success. I get to the gym 3 times a week for a hardcore workout and on the other 4 days of the week I try to accomplish a home workout, a mile walk/run around the neighborhood, or do something that allows me to get a lot of steps in. As long as you are getting steps in, you are pushing your body to a healthier place. Everything counts!

Happy Humpday, we are so close to the weekend!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Find Foods You LOVE

One question I get asked a lot is, "how do you stay motivated?" I started thinking about this and to be honest there are several things that help me stay motivated. There is one thing in particular I truly believe is the key to a healthier lifestyle. Finding healthy foods that you love to eat is probably the most important thing you can do for yourself. If you don’t love the foods you are eating, you will not be as motivated to live a healthier lifestyle. Some of you might be thinking that there isn’t a single healthy food that you love. Well I’m here to tell you that there 100% is, you just have to find it! It takes a little soul searchingfood tastinggarbage throwing action to figure out what you like and don’t like. Most of us do this at restaurants, right? We try something new and either hate it or love it. Finding healthy foods you like will be trial and error. If you aren’t a “veggie person”, I guarantee you have not tried every vegetable at the grocery store ;) The same goes for the “fruit haters”. Try a fruit you never have and who knows you may find one that you can't get enough of. Mine is blueberries, no doubt! I find myself during the day saying “I can’t wait to make roasted brussels sprouts for dinner”, “I can’t wait to eat my greek yogurt and blueberries for snack”, “I can't wait to eat peanut butter and honey on my waffle for breakfast!” Eating healthy can be so delicious that you crave some of these foods every single day. I just discovered Kashi blueberry waffles at the store last week and OMG I ate them for breakfast every. single. day. I seriously could not get enough. I put about 1 TBSP of peanut butter on one waffle and top with a little honey. Besides the fact that these waffles are loaded with whole grains and fiber, each one is only 70 calories, and with toppings mine came out to about 190. It tastes like a waffle from IHOP equal to 700 calories not 70. There are so many healthy foods that I literally crave and it keeps me motivated because I know I'm making small changes that add up to big impacts. I say this a lot because every little thing you do counts whether you think it does or not! 

Have a great week, y'all! 

Here is the link for the Kashi waffles! I promise you will not regret it!