These might seem like cut and dry, “I knew that” type of steps, but it’s how you choose to carry them out that matters and sometimes we just needed to be reminded of them! No matter how easy and how many times we have thought about healthy habits sometimes life gets so busy that we need to be reminded, more than once!
I’ve tried every fad out there and cutting things too drastically or quickly that I never end up sticking to any goals. A weight loss journey is one of the hardest to start, stick to and accomplish. I have found that the easiest thing to do is start making healthier choices one by one and let your body adjust and find it as a habit.
- Cut the soda and fast food first, let your body get used to it.
They say it takes 21 days to break a habit, I have found that to be true. Once you cut out the soda and fast food, as hard as it is to do that at first, it will be so worth it! After a few weeks, you won’t crave it anymore and you will wonder why you didn’t do this earlier.
Having trouble in the first few weeks? Keep yourself busy with projects like these!
- Start a vision board, check out “How-to: Create a Goal Reachable Vision Board for 2018” for ideas and tips on creating yours!
- Turn on some country music (or whatever music you listen to) and clean! That’s always a good project!
- Get out your long-term to-do list that’s been collecting dust the last few months…or even years! We all have them!
- Make better breakfast choices.
Egg dishes are a great idea, sauté up some veggies, throw in a little meat and your eggs. But if you’re like me I do that for a few days and I’m sick of eggs! I have found that smoothies are something I can stick to, and I don’t get tired of. They are so easy to whip up in the morning and great for on-the-go breakfasts! I love my Nutri-bullet for single servings or my Blendtec for more than one (and so many other great uses). My favorite smoothie recipe is below!
- Handful of Spinach
- 3 Ice Cubes
- ½ Banana
- ¼ Cup Almond Milk
- ½ Cup of Water (adjust this for how much fruit you put in until you have the consistency desired)
- Packet or Scoop of Protein Powder (I’m using Thrive right now, read my review here) You can also research your own and see what will work best for you.
- Frozen Fruit: peaches, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, dragon fruit, pineapple (I pick a few to throw in and change it up a little each day)
- Meal Prep, Meal Prep, Meal Prep
Plan a day of the week for meal prep. If you have time to cook dinner each night, then dinner leftovers can be tomorrow’s lunch. I still suggest prepping the food and having it ready to throw in a skillet in the evening so it’s easy. If not, you can prepare freezer meals that you can throw in a slow cooker before work or prepare cooked meals that you can reheat. Get the right containers for portions! Don’t eat anything out of the bag or container it came in unless it’s a single serving.
Make single serving, healthy snacks in Ziploc snack bags. Measure out to be sure until you really see what a serving is and get used to eating that amount.
Eating out? Ask for a to-go box right away and pack up half the meal. If you’re anything like me, you will eat the food that is in front of you whether you’re hungry or not. So, planning what to do before your meal is in front of you will be helpful.
Ultimately, the biggest thing to remember is to love yourself the way you are and focus on your strong points. Don’t make unrealistic goals of being “skinny” if that’s not your body type but set goals of living a healthy lifestyle. Everyone has their issues they must deal with, weight loss comes easy to some and so hard to others. For me, weight loss and making healthy food choices are my issues and I know it so well. The most important thing you can do for yourself is to realize that you are imperfectly awesome!
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