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Fit is not a destination…

Published November 28, 2011 by sweetcraftastrophe

It’s a way of life! Earlier this morning I started off with some motivation to get you excited about this journey and I’m continuing with this momentum! Yes, exercising does play a big role into your fitness endeavors but you can’t eat big macs all day and then assume you’ll work it off later. Think of your body as a temple…it’s sacred and you should treat it like gold. Even if you aren’t taking an accurate log of your intake you body always will.

When you get home from school or work today take at least 30 minutes to walk,jog,run whatever your little heart desires! As long as you made the decision to get up and get moving you’ve made an accomplishment for today which is a great start. Maybe you need a little bit more direction for your workout routine well no worries I took care of that too!
Now that you have a workout routine for today let’s get to the food! Healthy food can taste just as good as what you’re used to or even better! Did you know that eating healthier foods is actually cheaper than take out?
Hopefully seeing this has changed your thinking. It’s obviously easier to order takeout but it’s never worth it in the end. You may be overwhelmed by the choices available at the grocery store but don’t freak out. Take a breath because I’ve found some amazing tips to help you out in general.

  1. Sugar free is your new bestie! It tastes the same most of the time and if you decide to buy something labeled “fat free” beware of the sugar content!
  2. Eat all colored fruits/veggies! I know you’ve heard this a billion times but just to make sure it’s drilled into your coconut here it is again. Most of your carbs should come from veggies and/or fruits.
  3. Pound on the protein! Sorry red meat lovers but it’s time for a new love that will work much better for you! Give chicken, turkey and Boca Burgers a try.
  4. Forget the oils, butter and salts instead, use PAM products from now on.
  5. Start drinking skim or 2% milk and if you can make it organic. There’s always almond milk as another option and it’s flavored.
  6. Pack on more protein and calcium with cottage cheese and Chobani yogurt.
  7. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! I can’t say this enough! Drinking water will help you stay full all day and make your skin & hair healthier! There’s always the option to add crystal light for added flavor or try some tea.
  8. When grocery shopping try to avoid the boxed frozen foods they’re never as healthy as they seem.
  9. Chew sugarless gum whenever you can because it will curb your appetite. One study at the Mayo Clinic indicates that chewing sugarless gum burns 11 calories an hour and can help a person lose weight.
  10. Keep a detailed record of your caloric intake for the day. If you have a smartphone there is a fantastic app “My Fitness Pal” which allows you to enter specifics and then gives you the right amount of calories you need daily. Another thing I love about this app is it also has cardio exercises that you can add to your food log. When you start losing weight My Fitness Pal adjusts your intake too!
  11. Keep your weight loss goals realistic and attainable. Don’t say to yourself that you’ll lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks because that could lead to disappointment and discouragement. Instead focus on 1 or 2 pounds a week and keep it simple!
  12. Don’t deprive yourself of treats because that will lead to binge eating. Instead give yourself a treat once a week of your favorite food. Your body still needs fat and if it’s not getting enough it will hold on to the supply available. Make sure your treat is allotted into your daily intake as well.
  13. Organize your schedule for the week so you can stay on track with school, friends, work and your fitness routine! Making sure that you’re organized will help you plan accordingly in case you’re running late or an emergency happens. Creating a schedule will also make you accountable for your exercises because you have to write it down.
  14. Make sure you have supportive people around you to encourage you every step of the way. Surround yourself with positive people!
Have a sweet day!