It’s a Lifestyle Change

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I think this is where people really go wrong with diet and exercise. Too often people assume that if they lose the weight and get to where they want to be that they can stop working out, and dieting and go on with their lives as the normally would when they are not on a “diet”. However, diets do not work because if you go back to how you were living, you will just gain all of the weight back. You have to make a lifestyle change meaning rethink everything you do. And yeah, it’s hard work, but no one expects you to be perfect. Most importantly, there is no right or wrong way to make a change, you just have to find what works for you and keeps you happy and healthy 🙂

I Could Look Better

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Often times I get people who wonder why I am still working to get in better shape. They often say, “You aren’t fat, so I don’t see why are you so strict or obsessive about working out”. Truth is, I know I am not fat, but I know the kind of shape I could be in, so I am striving to be fitter. I love the feeling of being strong and being in great shape because it just gives an overwhelming sense of self confidence. It makes you feel like you can conquer the world.

I am not fat, but I want to be the best version of me that I can be 🙂

Picture This

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On those days when it’s really hard to eat healthy because all of your friends are eating junk around you, or when your friends are going to the movies but your are hitting the gym, picture the body you have always wanted. Think about how hard you have worked thus far for that body because it’s not going to just appear because you will it to. You have to work for it. So keep your eyes on the prize, and think about how amazing you will feel when you accomplish your goal! On the days when I need motivation ,I google images of strong, beautiful women who have the physique that I am shooting towards. It helps remind me why I am doing this, and what the end result will be 🙂

Progress

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I think it is the most amazing feeling to finally reach your goal and see the results you have always wanted. You feel empowered, and like you can conquer the world. Personally, right now I am not where I want to be physically because I can look back and see the shape I was in a few months ago, but i think I needed to end up where I am now to realize that I have to keep up my strict workouts regime and healthy eating if I want to maintain that physique. So now I am working my way back up to where I was, and I am looking forward to reaching my goal and looking back and seeing that I can do anything I put my mind to.

Routine

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Routine is especially important when you are just beginning a workout and nutrition regime because you need to make this lifestyle change a habit. I know from personal experience how difficult that can be. When I am starting a new regime I HAVE to have a routine that is the same every single day because if I skip a day then the next day I have an excuse as to why I can’t do my workout that day as well, and next thing I know I have stopped working out and I am eating more than I should. I know a lot of people who know me who think that because I love fitness, consistently working out and eating healthy comes naturally to me, but I hate to break it to you- it’s always a challenge. It gets easier when your body craves less sweets, but it is still a struggle every day to get out of bed and run when I don’t feel like it, and make a salad when I feel like having pizza. The key to success is consistency. So create a routine and stick to it ! Start today 🙂 If you need some support, id be more than happy to provide some for you 🙂

Eating out of Boredom

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I can really relate to this saying. I am awful at eating just because I am bored, but the good news is that I know that I do this so I can combat it. I find that I am less likely to eat out of boredom when I do not watch tv while I am eating because that way I am focused on what I am eating and how much. Otherwise, I will just keep eating and eating even though I may be full simply because I am bored, and honestly, because I like the action of eating. I know that may sound weird, but I enjoy the motion of eating even if I am not even eating something that I particularly like.

Most people I know struggle with eating out of boredom or just wanting to eat simply because they feel like it. The way to combat it is just to realize you are doing it, and make note of when you are more likely to do it and keep yourself busy instead. I know that I struggle with snacking at night, and when I am watching tv. So I make a point to be doing something in the evening, whether it’s a workout or a class or just hanging with friends. I also try to make sure I am not eating while watching tv so that I do not mindlessly eat.

How do you combat eating out of boredom?

You Need Both

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A lot of women are afraid to lift weights or add strength training into their routine because they do not want to ‘bulk up’. Adding in a little weight training is not going to make you the hulk, so don’t worry. However, strength training, or resistance training, builds muscle tone which is GOOD because the more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn. Building muscle speeds up your metabolism and helps it stay revved up even after you have completed your workout.

Cardio, especially HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts) help burn fat which allows you to see that gorgeous muscle tone that you have built. So ladies, you really need both in order to get those sexy beach bodies that you want 😉 Remember ladies, strong, not skinny, is the new sexy 😉