Faith Fitness and Laughter

Some Basic Tools

on June 13, 2013

Morning!   So it’s Thursday and I work tomorrow, but I am off Saturday and Sunday.  I am thinking about going to see Man of Steel Sunday…..not sure yet, but we’ll see.  I have a fishing date this weekend and I am really excited about it.  I haven’t been in years and what a perfect first date.  I think so anyway Smile 

 

I was thinking the other day about being in a swim suit.  Even around my family this past weekend, I felt a bit self conscious being in one.  The beach wasn’t crowded at all, but there were other families there and of course there is always the girl in the suit with the perfect body.  And then I thought, “that isn’t fair Brandi”.  I have know idea how she feels about herself, but that doesn’t give me the right to think she’s perfect. 

After watching Extreme Weight Loss yesterday I was also thinking about the matter of losing weight.

How people do it?

What plan does one follow?

What works for someone?

What doesn’t work for someone?

Do someone go hardcore with workouts?

Or can they lose weight just by walking everyday?

 

The questions can be endless and actually daunting.  I think sometimes people make the choice not to lose weight or get healthy because it can all be rather overwhelming. 

 

Here are some basic tools to get started with a healthy lifestyle change:

 

  1. Make the choice.  This is the first step in deciding to become healthy.  Consciously make the choice to live a healthier life.  Make better choices.  Don’t restrict, but enjoy the healthier part of living.  Making this choice to get healthier can come from different places.  If you have a family, think about how long you want to be apart of their lives.  This is a great motivation!  
  2. Cut the processed sugar.  Okay, this is kind of a hot topic with most people and would go under the what works for someone, may not work for someone else question.  For me, cutting sugar from my diet had really great results.  Do I indulge?  You bet I do, but within moderation.  For some, cutting sugar may or may not have negative results in their lifestyle.  Find what works for you! 
  3. Move.  You have to move.  Just changing the food intake can have positive results, but you also have to move your body.  If you are at a larger weight and fill like you can’t do more than walk, then get out there and walk.  Even if it’s for 15 minutes.  Walk.  Others may need a more challenging workout like; running, Pump, Crossfit, and so on… 
  4. Water.  I love water.  I really do.  The more you drink, the better you feel.  It’s the first thing I do when I get up in the morning.  Your body dehydrates in the night and so you have to refuel it again. 
  5. Meal plan.  Planning your meals helps you actually see what you are going to eat for the week.  I love structure and so this really helps me make good choices and it also relieves the stress of throwing something together last minute. 
  6. Eat healthy snacks.  Some of my favorites are walnuts, yogurt, fruit, veggies, Lara bars. 
  7.  Relax.  Don’t stress out if you don’t see results quickly.  The weight didn’t get there overnight, so it’s not going to come off that way.  Think long-term.  When you decide to live a healthier lifestyle it’s not something that you can do for a few months and then go back to eating the way you did.  But don’t stress about it, live it. 
  8. Get informed.  Read about others journeys.  Because that is what it is.  A journey.  Mine is different.  Yours is different.  But that is the beauty to all of it.  Learn new things and new ways to live a healthier and better life.  Be careful not to get into the comparison trap though.  It’s your journey.
  9. Get some rest.  Sleep is one of the most important things in this journey that you are on.  Not getting enough can have horrible effects.  I love sleep and I love getting into bed at a decent hour.  It helps me make better decisions, helps me focus, it also helps with my eating.  When I don’t get enough sleep, I have a tendency to want to eat everything in sight! 
  10. Clean out the junk.  If it is something that you struggle with, then get it out of the kitchen.  Cookies bother you?  Get rid of them.  At least until you feel you can be around them without eating the entire package.  Again, some don’t have any problems being around sweets, but if you do then make sure you do something kind for yourself and don’t have the temptation around you. 

 

 

**Please note that I am not a dietician or a nutritionist…. These are just some things that worked for me throughout my journey. 

 

 

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I hope you have a great day!

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5 responses to “Some Basic Tools

  1. I have gone back to paleo eating this week and I have already lost quite a bit of water weight. I was eating 50-75% carbs when I was running a lot. Now that I am not running as much I am eating less carbs and more lean protein. It feels good to get back on track!

  2. Those are GREAT tips. Following a meal plan helps make it so that I always have good options on hand. I hope you have fun fishing 🙂

  3. I’m sure you looked great in your swimsuit ♥ And so excited to hear about your date 🙂 Definitely sounds like a fun idea!

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