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Why Are You Waiting?

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Everyone wants to get into better shape and eat healthier. I see posts all the time about it being a new month…new week…. and what not. But I have a question for you…

Why wait until then?

If being healthier and getting into better shape is something you really want to do, why not start right now?

Why wait for a Monday, or a new month or even a new year…when EVERYONE joins the gym and it’s super crowded? Why not join now and get comfortable with it while it’s empty?

Why wait to start eating healthier?

Do we really need to eat every food offered to use at BBQ’s or parties? Or drink ALL of the alcohol?

Why don’t you start practicing balance with food now? Say no to the things you REALLY don’t enjoy and allow the things you do, but without stuffing yourself to the point of regret.

I was the girl who set the resolution EVERY DAMN YEAR to lose the weight and get my shit together, but I failed EVERY DAMN YEAR because I felt I had to be perfect with my “diet”. Check out Monday’s post Be Stubborn, Yet Flexible for my thoughts on this.

Making the decision to change your habits now can really be a deciding factor for if you stick with them for the long haul.

Being healthy isn’t about deprivation, it’s about balance. It’s about making time to take care of yourself and ensuring it’s priority. Perfection is NOT part of the process…if you think it is, you need to change that mentality now!

There are going to be good days and bad days. Good weeks and bad weeks. You’re going to want to give up but you can’t… you have to believe in yourself and know that YOU ARE WORTH IT.

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Life gets hectic and we get pulled in many directions at once, but we can’t pour from an empty cup! Being a healthy version of yourself shouldn’t have to wait until a new week, new month or even a new year…so why are you really waiting?

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Be Stubborn, Yet Flexible.

Be Stubborn Yet Flexible
The quote above is probably the most important lesson I’ve learned over the years.

When we first start out, we form this plan in our heads. We will workout every day, we eat healthy/balanced meals and we love every minute of it.

Then reality sets in.

We have families that need stuff ALL THE TIME. We get tired… not to mention sore after the first day at the gym. And why is that we crave EVERYTHING that is not going to help us get to our goal as soon as we set the goal to eat better?!

It’s like the odds are stacked against us. It just becomes easier to stay overweight and out of shape. Right?!

Nope.

You just need to become flexible in the methods you use to achieve your goals. You need to remember that you didn’t gain the weight over night, so you’re not going to lose it overnight. Perfection doesn’t exist. You need to have patience with yourself and realize that one misstep doesn’t mean you have to throw in the towel and face fuck a pizza because you’re a failure.

Just keep challenging yourself and find what works for YOU.

Maybe you start with cardio or yoga and then end up switching over to weight lifting.

Maybe you start with clean eating, then go vegetarian, back to clean eating and now keto.

Maybe you only do at-home workouts and then finally build the confidence and join the gym.

Maybe it’s all of these examples but in reverse.

The point is that you gotta keep challenging yourself and remain mindful of when something isn’t working for you…then change it up!

You gotta try new things.

Be flexible about what route you take to reach your goals. The path that you take to get to them doesn’t really matter. All that matters is that you don’t forget what your goals are.

Realize that sometimes we encounter detours on our way to the final destination and that’s okay… you just gotta be determined to get there.

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Don’t allow frustration to set in when things don’t go as planned. Chances are they didn’t work out because you weren’t on the right track.

(I’m a big believer the Universe is guiding us through life and if we miss the subtle hints it leaves for us, it will just keep rerouting us toward our destination.)

Just keep your eye on the prize and keep moving toward it!

 

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5 Reasons Why Your Weight Loss May Be Slow

5 reasons why your weight loss may be slow

Weight loss is something that we all struggle with at some point in our lives. For some of us, it’s been an entire life of hating the scale and for others, it’s only been since bringing a beautiful little baby into the world. Regardless of how long you’ve struggled, there are basics we all know… like we need to consume fewer calories than we burn in order to lose weight and that the habit of stopping for drive-thru needs to stop. Despite this, there are times when you’re doing all the right things, but that weight loss just won’t happen as you hoped.

So what do you do?

Well… when this happens, you need to dig a little deeper and look outside of your exercise habits.

Here are 5 reasons why your weight loss may be slow going.

1. You’re Stressed Out – Between work, taking care of children and making sure your home is clean, how could you not be stressed, right?! Stress releases something called Cortisol (also known as “the stress hormone”) and in today’s society, excessively high Cortisol levels are all too common. Cortisol encourages the storage of body fat (especially around your midsection), and it has been linked to other health issues such as depression, anxiety, sleep problems, digestive problems and heart disease.

Solution: Try limiting the length of your workouts to 30 minutes (long workouts can place unnecessary stress on the body), surround yourself with positive people who focus on being happy, practice yoga or meditation (stop laughing…it works!), and make sure you get 7-9 hours of sleep.

2. You’re Not Sleeping Enough – This ties in directly to stress. Not getting enough sleep can raise levels of Cortisol in your body because it stresses the body out. When you get the proper amounts of sleep each night, your body produces Growth Hormone, which has the opposite effect on the body of Cortisol. Growth Hormone encourages fat loss, supports a healthy immune system, and helps to keep your organs functioning properly. Making sure you get enough sleep will also help you to cut back on calories. Many times we are eating out of boredom or because we are stressed.

Solution: Cut out caffeine filled drinks after 12 noon, unplug from electronics (including television) 1 hour  before bedtime. Electronics/tv can be stimulating and they emit a blue light that mimics daylight and stops the body from producing melatonin. Try doing some yoga before bed to calm your mind and reduce stress.

3. You’re Not Drinking Enough Water – You’re probably sick and tired of hearing about how important water is to your health. Despite the “nagging” on this topic, most people still don’t drink enough of it.

There are so many benefits to drinking water, one of which is proper kidney function. When you’re dehydrated, your kidneys can’t function properly and your liver has to pick up the slack. This is bad because your liver is responsible for the metabolism of fat, which means fat cannot be metabolized as properly when your liver has to work twice as hard to remove toxins. See where I’m going with this? So next time you want to roll your eyes when someone asks if you’ve been drinking your water, don’t!

Solution: Drink more water….of course! Start each day with a glass of water and make sure you always have a bottle of it nearby. Also, before reaching for a snack, drink a glass of water. Chances are you’re dehydrated and not actually hungry.

4. You’re Not Eating Enough Fiber – Here’s another one you’ve probably heard a million times. Fiber aids digestive health and helps to create a sense of fullness, which makes consuming less calories easier because you don’t feel hungry.

It’s estimated that only 5% of Americans get enough fiber. 5%!! Most people think they’re getting enough fiber from grain-based products like bread and cereal, but the reality is these highly-processed foods have been stripped of their nutrients as well as their fiber.

Solution: Eat more fruit and vegetables, and choose whole grains, like brown rice and steal-cut oatmeal, instead of their processed counterparts.

5. You Have Poor Digestion – This is a lesser known issue, but it’s becoming more talked about.  The gut is incredibly complicated, and scientists are only scratching the surface when it comes to understanding how gut bacteria actually works. But one thing is clear: whether you want to improve your ability to lose fat, boost your immune system, clear up your skin, or even just feel better on daily basis, it all starts with your gut health.

Unfortunately, many people don’t realize their gut isn’t functioning properly until there is a major issue. However you can take steps to help prevent poor digestion today.

Solution: Reduce stress, minimize the consumption of legumes, grains, sugar, processed foods and pastured dairy (I’m sure you’ve heard of Paleo or Whole30, which are different nutrition lifestyles that many feel make for a healthier gut and incorporate some of these principles), and take time to properly chew your food. This allows saliva to begin breaking down food and makes it easier for your body to digest.

Did you have any ah-ha moments while reading this? Think some of these could be to blame for your slow weight loss? Share your thoughts or game plan below in the comments.

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