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As of 10 – 12 weeks ago I started working out with my husband daily and it’s been so wonderful. Getting physically fit it’s something I’m really working on hard but I’m also working on eating and consuming things that are healthy for my body. So today I’m sharing a few things that I have changed in my diet. I’m also sharing one of my new favorite pick-me-up warm drinks that is perfect for fall and it’s also light on the belly and made with natural products.
Why make the change?
So the answer to this is actually pretty simple, but it came after a long journey of complications with my health. The main reason I started working out is not necessarily to achieve a vain physique, but instead to feel stronger, healthier, and have more energy. I started to not be able to keep up with my regular day-to-day life, my kids, and my family. It just wasn’t something I could keep allowing to happen, so I needed to make a change.
Over the past couple of years, I have really let my health go. I was eating poorly and not doing any sort of exercise. And to be honest, I kept making excuses as to why I wasn’t changing anything.
So this year I began making slow and steady changes to my lifestyle my eating habits and my physical activity. Most people approach getting fit, healthy, or maybe even trying to lose weight in a rushed approach. Like they cut everything one day and then go full force ahead trying to accomplish something.
But I wanted to make sure that any changes I made stuck. So slow and steady has been my approach and slowly but surely I have seen and felt the results. As I’m working on these changes (slow and steady) they become habits and I’ve been able to stick with them.
I’m heading into week my tenth or twelfth week of working out daily. I’m just lifting weights, but that is sufficient for me. My goal is to get stronger and to feel energized. Lifting offers both of these. I am losing weight too, but for now I’m not focusing on that too much.
Changes in food
When it comes to food what I’ve done is slowly take out the unhealthy junk food. We used to buy a lot of junkie snacks and a lot of prepackaged foods. So we’ve eliminated that by probably about 95% at this point in the year. Again this was a slow and steady process. I didn’t just one day stop buying these things or wake up one day and tell my family we’re not going to eat those things anymore.
While I think that method and approach can be beneficial and some may need to do it that way, for us and for me personally, it often just creates a frustration and then I’m more prone to caving and giving up on what I’ve accomplished thus far. By taking it week by week and month by month, I’ve been able to create new habits and better eating habits and my family has also been able to gradually get into this with me.One huge thing I’ve done is increase how much protein I (and my whole family) eat.
This helps not just to keep me satisfied and minimizes cravings for junk food, but it also help heal my body with what it needs since I’m working out daily and I’m lifting weights daily. My typical dinner involves a few ounces of lean meat (usually fish) along with some veggies and rice.
As you can see from this Instagram photo, it may look simple and it is, but everything in those burgers are healthy. Great quality meat mixed with fresh veggies. This is a huge change from the store bought patties we used to get which weren’t healthy at all.
I’m working towards making a 100% change to whole foods and completely natural foods. This isn’t easy for several reasons, one being cost.
Changes in drinks
The next thing I’ve done is change the types of drinks I consume. Much like the food, we used to buy lots of unhealthy drinks and lots of sugary products. I limit myself to three drinks which are:
- water (I often like to mix with a lemon)
- coffee (which I’m actually trying to back on since I take it with sugar and milk)
- tea – which has become my new favorite warm drink to have especially mid-morning when I need a really good pick me up.
I love coffee and if you’ve been following me from some time you know I do, but I’m finding that tea is what my body really thrives on lately. It’s light, and doesn’t make you feel heavy like other drinks can. I don’t like feeling weighed down, especially when I’m needing a boost in energy! Bigelow American Breakfast Black Tea is one I’m really enjoying right now!
I’m loving this tea so much. Like I mentioned, it’s light on the tummy and it really gives me an awesome boost. Different from coffee, tea gets its boost of energy from Theanine (a naturally occurring compound which is unique to tea).
Combining that with caffeine is how this tea gives you sustained energy all while keeping that relaxed and focused feeling throughout the day. So you’re alert, energized, and not wired. I’m super sensitive to caffeine and anything that says “extra caffeine” in it usually throws me for a loop with how wired I feel. But with this tea, I feel great, energized, and there is no crash either! Learn more about the tea here:
How to make long-term changes
I can’t stress this enough – slow and steady is the best way. Don’t try to rush it because you’re likely setting yourself up to fail. When you go slow and steady you’re making long-term lifelong changes. And don’t deprive yourself from things you enjoy like treats, sweets, coffee. Just make sure everything is in moderation.
We have planned that on weekends is the time that we will treat ourselves to some of our favorites. We usually opt to go out an eat somewhere that we all love, and I’m finding that even there – we’re making healthier choices because we’re more conscious about how we’re going to feel after eating that meal.