I’ve been asked by some who have noticed my weight loss how I managed to lose all the weight. I put together a list of 10 things that I believe helped me and decided to share them with you. I hope this helps you on your journey!
Remember to consult your doctor before making major changes to your diet and exercise routine.
10 Tips to Getting Healthy
1. Drink LOTS of Water
Sometimes dehydration is confused with hunger, and your body may actually be craving H2O. Rightfully so, we are made up of 60% water! Try drinking a glass (8 oz) of water first thing in the morning, one with every meal and snack and another before you go to bed. By the end of the day you should have consumed at least 8 glasses of water. Your water doesn’t have to be boring. Flavor your water with various combinations of berries, lemons and other fruits, vegetables like cucumber and herbs such as mint, parsley or cilantro. These items not only add flavor to your water but are also great for your skin, help burn fat and assist with digestion.
Check out this website for more flavored water combinations and recipes (click here)
2. Explore New Healthy Foods
There are so many different fruits and vegetables available, especially in the beautiful state of California. Get to know the local farmers at your neighborhood farmers markets and even the produce guy at the grocery store. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions about different fruits and vegetables. Many of them will share tips on how to store and prepare the produce. Some farmers markets even have a chef on duty to give you some ideas for how to use your newly discovered treasure. They may even have recipes available.
Take a look at this page for a few ideas to help get you started.
3. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
If you want change, you have to do something different. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator, park further away from your destination rather than closer. If you must have a burger, try one without cheese, maybe even omit the bun. Get a salad instead of fries. These little changes may not seem like much, but over time they will help make a huge impact on meeting your goals.
4. Believe in Yourself
No matter how many people you workout with or how concerned your personal trainer is, at the end of the day you have to be your biggest fan. It’s up to you to find ways to stay motivated. Keep a book of inspirational quotes handy. Don’t be afraid to pat yourself on the back or pop your collar. No one understands the hard work and dedication it has taken to get to where you are more than you. Stay clear of negative thoughts!
5. Eat Often
Starving yourself is not the way to go! As a matter of fact, in order to help increase your metabolism and have energy throughout the day, consider eating up to 5 small meals a day with snacks in between. Food is your body’s tackling fuel. If you don’t refill your tank you’re going to have a hard time getting any where.
This page has a few great healthy meal ideas and recipes.
6. Set a Goal
Doesn’t matter if you want to lose weight, inches, fit into an old pair of jeans, or run a mile…set a goal. Better yet, set two goals. One that you would like to reach in a short time (1 to 3 months) and another goal that will take a little longer (6 months to a year). Be realistic. It’s not healthy to try and lose too much weight too fast.
7. Get Moving
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward”. One of my favorite Martin Luther King quotes that I refer to often. Start where you are right now. If you can only walk a block, start there, but keep moving. As you build more endurance and confidence in yourself, push yourself to go a little bit further. Exercise isn’t isolated to the gym. There are so many other avenues you can choose. Do something you enjoy that works for you. Take a boot camp class, join a walking group, learn how to do yoga or Tai chi, the possibilities are endless!
Click here for a exercise routine you maybe able to add to your daily workout
8. Be Patient
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither were the habits that got you to where you are. Be honest with yourself about what you want and what it is going to take to get it. Most things that are worth having, take time. If you still find you are seeing little to no results it may be time to seek assistance from a personal trainer or your physician.
9. Be Consistent at Being Persistent
Don’t give up! It’s not going to be easy. There maybe some sweat and tears, but with every drop you will become a stronger and better person. Keep going! You can make it to the finish line. Don’t concentrate so much on being first, but instead, on finishing the race.
Reward yourself. Treat yourself to something nice once you reach one of your goals. Buy a new outfit. You will need new clothes after you lose all of those inches and pounds. Have a ‘Cheat day’. Go out to dinner or eat something you normally wouldn’t (don’t over do it though).