I'm sure I am not the only one that totally blew their infamous "New Year New Me" resolution. The gyms are packed the first few weeks of the year, and everyone is trying to get fit after totally falling apart with their healthy lifestyle choices over the holidays. Some make concessions to "start Monday" like it is this imaginary line drawn, giving them time to have one last hurrah over the weekend to eat and drink whatever they want while lazing about. The fact is, the only right time to kick off a healthy lifestyle is when you truly have the right mindset for it.
To be able to get your mind right, ask yourself questions like, "What am I willing to do every day to start living healthier?" Right off the bat, what comes to mind? Eat right and exercise, right? While some are able to jump right in, full on and change everything regarding the food they eat and the exercise plan they want to follow, others like myself are taking smaller steps. Sometimes changing everything all at once can be the biggest factor in people quitting and feeling that they can't make these change. You may have friends or family, or even celebrities that you follow and think, how do they do all that? They're crazy! I don't have time to do all that. The fact is, you CAN do all that, but it takes time, and through trial and error, you can achieve it.
When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle is 75-80% NUTRITION!
When we start to look at food as fuel, we change our response to social and emotional situations. Planning and/or prepping meals to meet our nutritional goals and needs is always beneficial. While not everyone enjoys eating the same thing every day for lunch or dinner, for some meal prepping works. For those like myself, the least you can do is PLAN!!
Make a list or calendar of what you are having for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, etc. Shop only
for the items in your plan. This keeps you from having unhealthy options at home. If you work, make sure you have your planned go-to snacks in your desk or company break room. No one knows you better than you, so if you like sweet, make sure you have fruits or nutrition bars/cookies available. If you need to have something with a crunch, stock up on nuts, or a crunchy bag snack from your favorite health and nutrition store. It's about planning ahead so you succeed. Educate yourself, plan for yourself, and gradually add onto what you are already doing.
Learn to make S.M.A.R.T
. goals for yourself!!
When you figure our your why's, identified your goals, plan and prepare your environment for success in your quest for a healthy lifestyle, share your experiences with your friends and family! There is great support out there, and research shows that people have much more success when they have at least one person that shared their passion for change. You got this! And after repetition, and slowly incorporating all your goals, guess what? You end up living the healthy lifestyle you've always wanted.
So forget the resolution and SPRING CLEAN YOUR BODY!!
If you would like more information in identifying problem areas, contact me for a full nutritional assessment, and we can go from there!