I honestly used to be the girl who tried to put a “fitness program” together on my own. I’d look up YouTube videos and put them together with a few of my own exercises to come up with what I thought was something that would help me get results. The problem? Well, I’ve never had any formal training in exercise physiology, and I really don’t know what it takes to create a program. So what I’d put together would help me get moving but not necessarily help me get major results.
I always feel like summer is the perfect time to get on track with my health. It’s warm, it’s sunny, it’s nice enough to be outside…But, then I remember that summer is also the time for vacations, weddings, barbecues, and realize how TOUGH it is to stay on track during the summer. Before I really got started with my healthy lifestyle, I’d work really hard to “prepare” for an event and eat really healthy leading up to vacation and then just completely let my guard down while on vacation. The worst part was, though, that this made it even HARDER to get back on track when I got home. This year I’m trying something new!
We’ll be headed to the beach in just a couple of weeks, and while I am committed to really staying on point with my fitness and nutrition over the next few weeks so I can feel strong and confident when we hit the sand, I plan on sticking pretty close to my plan while on vacation as well. Sure, I’ll be enjoying a few splurges here and there that I wouldn’t normally have, but for the most part, I’ll be eating clean and keeping up with my workouts. Here is how I am going to do it, and you can too: Continue reading
I get it. I know having little ones (or even big ones) under foot all the time can make it REALLY difficult to exercise or stick to our workout plans. But, what if we quit using our kiddos as our excuse not to be as HEALTHY as we can and instead we started using them as our reason, as our WHY for making healthy choices? I know for me, that is when it all came together. When, I started incorporating my daughter into my fitness plan, it stopped seeming like so much of a challenge to have her be a part of it, ended up being better for both of us.
Now, we started out really simple. As I was exercising, I’d put her in her jumperoo or exersaucer so that she’d jump and move around as I exercised. She not only loved watching mommy (look like a crazy woman), but she also got the benefit of me setting the example for her and getting a little extra activity time herself. As I was talking to another one of my mama friends, she shared what a difference it made once she extended this same idea even beyond just doing her workout, so I figured other moms out there could benefit from it too! Continue reading
When you make the decision to focus on your health, it’s easy to fall in old traps. We often think of restricting our food intake, micromanaging the scale, and exercising until we’re so sore we can barely move as “healthy” ways to get started. But, I have a news flash for you! Those are not ways to live a healthy and happy lifestyle. Will you lose a few pounds? Sure, if you can stick it out long enough. Will you create a sustainable lifestyle change that you’ll be able to stick to, though? Absolutely not! How do I know? Well, I’ve been there and done all of it, and while I lost some weight initially, I also lost my self-confidence and most of all myself. So, please, if you want to live a happier and healthier life, step away from the scale, know that it’s not all about depriving yourself, and realize that exercise doesn’t have to be torture. What can you do instead? Follow these simple tips to live a healthier, happier life and actually make a lifestyle change that you can live with!
I am a huge advocate of the 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme, so I can’t help but share about them. Should you choose to purchase a program from one of my links, though, I want you to know I will be compensated. You can view my full disclosure here.
On their own these programs are great and come with everything you need to succeed. However, I am always one to “over-prepare,” and it’s no different with my health and fitness practices. Prior to trying the Fix, I did a lot of research and found some extra resources that helped me succeed right from the start and go on to lose over 40 pounds following the birth of my little one.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized I couldn’t keep my secrets to myself. So, if you are planning on trying the 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme (or just want some great food tracking resources and more), check out what I have for you! These resources should set you up for success if you choose to try the program or if you simply want some extra ideas for a clean eating-type lifestyle. Continue reading