Our wedding is only five months away (freaking out but so excited at the same time) and that means I need to kick it into full gear with my health and fitness routine. I have decided to put together a few tips to help you feel your best by proactively using this guide in your everyday life. When I thought about doing this post it was hard for me to list just a few but I figured these are the main points to get you feeling light, energized and most important, confident! Whether you are a bride-to-be or simply just reading this for fitness motivation, know these tips aren’t quick fixes and they actually are legit solutions that you can easily make a lifelong change with. As some of you know, I have been through a lot with my stomach issues (it still is a work in progress) but I live by the tips I’m sharing with you and have really changed my body and my mind!
Lemon Tea. I try to do this every morning to help me stay hydrated and let’s face it, less bloated. As soon as I wake up I put a pot of water to boil and then squeeze half of lemon into it. I love infused waters and sometimes I even add some fresh ginger!
Meal Prep. This one is crucial when staying fit and helping you stick to your goals! Every other week we go food shopping getting simple ingredients such as fresh produce, lean protein, fruits, etc. Being OCD and the type A person that I am, I like to plan out my meals Monday-Friday this way I know I’m set for the work week. I’ll admit this has seriously changed my life. In the past I was too lazy to ever cook only leading myself to order seamless for lunch and dinner every single night. Although take out is good once in a while (and we do depend on that during our night out meals) there is nothing better than a home cooked meal. I’m definitely not a chef and do rely on my fiancé to cook most of the stuff BUT he was able to show me (along with Pinterest) a few simple recipes that will have dinner ready within 20-25 minutes! Here is my Pinterest board of all my gluten free/dairy free recipes! Also, be sure to follow along on my Instagram as I am constantly posting what I eat in a day. When you successfully prep out your meals (including snacks) you are less likely to indulge in something. If you are a lover of planning then this step will be perfect for you...I think its fun to find new recipes and try them out :)
Working out. Working out in itself is so healing for our mind that sometimes when we aren’t on the grind to do it we forget how great it can make us feel. I was one of those people only working out here or there, maybe 2-3 times every other week. However, since April 2017 I was able to get on a consistent schedule to ensure I am working out at least 4 times a week. I like to mix it up between cardio, HIIT, and some weight training. No matter how tired I am, I try and push myself because I know when I am finished I’ll feel 1000x better. It only takes about 25-30 minutes daily to feel great and get into shape. If you commit to doing that many minutes each day you’ll see results and that in itself is well worth it.
Water. The good ol' water trick…it works and is completely necessary! Staying hydrated is probably no doubt the best for your body including healthy glowing skin. If you find yourself struggling to keep track of your water intake, I suggest investing in a reusable water bottle to hold yourself accountable. Depending on weight and height, everyone’s intake is different but I would recommend at least having 6 8oz glasses daily. With the warmer months coming up, you can make drinking water fun by infusing it with lemon, orange, mint, etc! It makes water taste delicious and is easier to hit your daily intake.
Cheat meal. We are all human which means we all have cravings, especially me! I am a big sugar freak and just can’t give this up. I love my sweets and look forward to the meal I decide to incorporate a treat or two;) My "cheat meal" is generally on the weekend as I know we are out and about exploring the city. Having a cheat meal is important because it allows you to not fall off the wagon and go into a downward spiral of binge eating. If you have a craving and avoid it, chances are that the craving is going to amplify and you are going to constantly think about it- leading to really bad decisions (trust me I have been there). Setting a day in the week to have a meal that you love but may not be consider “clean eating” is something to look forward to. Most important to this tip is to make sure you get right back to your goals the next day.
Eat more, not less. Many people think to lose or maintain weight you need to cut back and eat less. When I was younger I thought eating less was the way to shed off the weight. However, I found thats not the best way. Instead, you should be eating 4-5 small meals daily. In the beginning of my journey I portioned out everything I ate to ensure I was getting enough nutrients to accomplish my goals. For my body I was expected to have 2 fruits, 3 vegetables, 4 proteins, and 2 carbs daily. Now that I consistently do this, I have a better idea on how much of what I should be eating without properly portioning it out. Not only was I eating every 2 hours, I was feeling full. I also saw a big decrease in feeling bloated which is always my number one issue.
I hope you guys liked this one! I would love to go more into workout routines, recipes, etc... just let me know if that would interest you :)