It is the beginning of a new week, and a new month! This is a great time to make a plan to become the healthiest version of yourself, both inside and out. Spring time is quickly approaching, meaning spring break for most, and soon we will be able to shed our heavy coats and slip into our favorite summer time outfits. Follow these 10 simple steps to make becoming healthier a reality!
1.) Set your goals. This one is a MUST. Write them out and post them up. Take about them and even have a buddy to help push and motivate you. When setting goals remember to set short term goals that help you et your your ultimate long term goal. There is no use in saying “I will loose 30 pounds by next Monday”. Because that simply cannot happen. If your goal is to loose 30 pounds, start off with smaller goals such as “I will eat less sugar and processed foods” then give yourself a set date after that week of when you will loose your first 5 pounds, and so on.
2.) Plan your meals. Utilize Sunday (or whatever your off-day is) and choose healthy meals for the whole week. This way you’ll be less likely to come home one night and reach for the mac and cheese box just because it’s quick. If you’re motivated, try and make meals that heat up easily and then you won’t have to worry about cooking the whole week. This may be intimidating at firs, but this will pay off in the end. The more organized you are, the less likely you will go off track. Remember the 80/20 rule… stay pn track 80% of the time and you will be just fine! Give yourself some room for error, because after all… we are only human!
3.) Water! Get a larger sized water bottle, and keep yourself hydrated through out the day! You half your weight in ounces of water per day. Try putting in a few lemon slices to help flavor your water. Every time you get a food or unhealthy drink craving, take a big sip of water. Some of the signals your body uses to tell you you’re hungry are the same as the ones to say you’re thirsty. It’s also great for your skin, metabolism, hair, nails, and every other organ in your body!
4.) Eat breakfast. Skipping breakfast is a method of dieting for many people. But studies have found that people who eat breakfast are actually less likely to be overweight. Eating a healthy breakfast will help to speed up your metabolism, energize you, and keep you focused. You want to aim for a big breakfast and a small dinner. Can you eat a healthy breakfast everyday for a full week?
5.) Sleep. Sleeping for at least 8 hours is extremely important for your health. This can be impossible at times, but try and get better sleep when you can. Turn the TV and computer off and set your phone on a “do not disturb” setting if it has one. Take at least 10-15 minutes each night to get into a bed time routine which will soon help your body to realize when it is time for bed. Before you hit the pillow each night, try these yoga moves to help your body sleep! (Click on the picture below)
6.) Make your snacks full of fruits and veggies. Try to skip your potato chips and unhealthy processed foods and snack on an apple or banana with peanut butter, or some fresh veggies and dressing. this will help you to get in your 5-9 servings of healthy fruits and veggies each day. Pack little baggies of carrots, berries, or other fruits and veggies to have on you at all times.
7.) Exercise. Get up and get active at least 3 times a week for 45 minutes to an hour each time. Challenge yourself each time to do a little bit more than what you did the last time This will not only make you feel better, and make you look better, but help you to get through the day.
Remember that this is a marathon, not a race. Take your time to let all of this lead you to a healthier lifestyle. There is no need for fad diets or excessive exercise. Try to keep living a healthier lifestyle each and everyday, and you will see results that last in no time.