If you are anything like me then you understand that a health and fitness lifestyle takes work. For years I wanted to be a healthy eater. I tried so many fad diets, took supplements, exercised, but I wasn’t seeing results I wanted. Even though I ate healthier than the average person, I still had a sugar addiction and my idea of exercise was 30 minutes on the elliptical twice a week. I will give credit to myself, I was trying, but I just didn’t know how to stick with a healthy lifestyle.
After I graduated college, I was an avid juicer but in retrospect was probably not the best decision for my health since I suffer from chronic migraines. I wanted to loose the weight I had gained in college but starving myself by juicing was not the answer. Don’t get me wrong, a juice cleanse can be great for some people, but using juice as a meal replacement on an extended basis is not the right way to loose weight in a healthy way.
Instead of climbing onto the diet fad again, I started eating organic fruits and vegetables and high quality meats. I figured out what foods were causing me to bloat because of an intolerance and cut them out of my diet. Also, I began exercising 4-5 times a week, no matter if I wanted to or not. I used to hate exercising, I mean HATE it. I would come up with every excuse in the book not to exercise. At the time, I was only doing 30 minutes of cardio twice a week, the exercises were not difficult.
Once I started working out with my personal trainer, I couldn’t make an excuse to get out of the workout. After about 3 weeks of working out 3-4 times a week, my body starting craving exercise and I began enjoying the movement. Then when I started seeing a major change in my physique, I really wanted to continue with my workouts and I have been exercising on a regular basis ever since. Now it is not only to keep the shape I want but it is also a great stress reliever. I love nothing more than to sweat as much as possible during a workout.
So here are a few pointers that will help you activate your own health and fitness journey:
- Throw away all the unhealthy food in your house (if unhealthy food is not in your house, then you are less likely to eat it).
- Buy fruits, vegetables, high quality meats, and healthy snacks that you enjoy eating.
- Meal prep – you can read my blog post on how to meal prep here
- Find time to exercise at least 3 times a week. If you hate exercising, try an exercise that you prefer and do it for up to 3 weeks regularly. Your body will most likely start to crave movement and then you will want to exercise on a regular basis.
Instead of trying all the many fad diets out there, try these tips. Eating high quality foods and exercise is the best way to stay healthy long term.