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The ONE trick you need to know to actually KEEP working out and not give up
This year I’ve actually made a real effort at eating healthy and working out. I know, I know, it’s my New Year Goal every year, BUT this year I did it realistically. I didn’t quit my bad habit cold turkey (aka: Dr. Pepper and chocolate), but I did it slowly. I started working out everyday the first couple of weeks, then I cut out Dr. Pepper (that was the hardest) and then I slowly started including healthy food in my diet instead of my typical quick bites and fast food. I’ll be the first to tell you that I am awful at eating healthy. I do pretty well with the working out part, but I am always in such a rush that I am usually grabbing food on the go or a snack out the door, which is generally cookies or some other not healthy choice. I really wanted to make a change though, not just because I wanted to lookin’ smokin’ in a swimsuit this summer, but because I wanted to feel good about myself, confident.
I’m doing this for myself. To prove to myself that I can do hard things, that I can be confident again and that I can do anything I set my mind to, even working out and not drinking Dr. Pepper because those two things are hard for me.
Here’s how it’s gone down so far and I’ve had lots of questions about it, so I’m sharing my tips and tricks.
My first tip for you would be to make it convenient for yourself. I remember a couple of years ago I joined a gym. I was pretty stoked about it. I made a game plan, told myself I would go every night and well, I knew I was going to rock it. Well, two weeks into it, I had gone a total of about 3 days and that was it. Here was the problem — the gym wasn’t convenient. I had to get dressed, drive 20 minutes to the gym, work out for another 30-45 minutes, then drive 20 minutes home, shower, you know–the whole ordeal. I spent 40 minutes in driving time alone. SO here’s what’s ACTUALLY making it work this time, convenience.
I use an app for my workouts, my food tracking, everything. It’s literally in the palm of my head, I can choose what workouts to do every night, how long, but I still have instruction in the actual workout (meaning, I don’t have to try and come up with my own moves). The app I use is called, 8fit. 8fit is basically a personal fitness trainer with you at all times 😉 The app provides you with customized workout plans and healthy daily meal ideas to achieve the fitness goals you want and have set for yourself. I think honestly what sold me about the app was how much you can customize it. I mean in the meal section of it, you literally put what kind of meals you like and then you can choose an option for “10 minutes or less meals” — that had me in immediately. I don’t have time to make huge healthy meals, it’s just not realistic for my stage of life right now. So I chose the 10 minute or less option and it literally gives me an entire meal plan every, single, day PLUS (wait for it), a shopping list. A friggin’ shopping list people, which means it does the friggin’ work for me. As for the workouts, it breaks it down by day, reps and shows you videos on how to do the moves. It times your sessions and keeps you motivated. I mean honestly, I can’t rave enough about it.
My second quick tip is to set a time everyday to make the workouts happen, in fact SET AN ALARM. I work out at night, it’s easiest for me because the husband is home, the babe is asleep and I have 30 minutes to myself (that’s a rarity people). So I have an alarm set on my phone to go off every night at 8:30. If I’m busy that minute, I snooze my alarm and it reminds me again in 10 minutes. Eventually you’ll get into the habit and it won’t be as much of a “chore”.
My third and final tip, prep what you can the night before for meals. Now, don’t get me wrong–I love the 10 minutes or less meal prep, but sometimes I don’t even have 10 minutes during the day. So I try to prep as much as I can the night before. I section off a little baggy of carrots/dip, cut up the veggies that need cutting, etc. It’s a little bit longer to do it all at once, but then the next day when I’m trying to tame my 19 month old and attempt to eat, it’s an easy grab out of the fridge and chow down rather than 10 minutes of prep while chasing my toddler around the counter.
So here’s to a good year y’all, getting healthy (for ourselves) and bringing that confidence back!
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