8 secrets for a healthier you

One of the top goals every new year is to start a consistent exercise routine and healthier eating plan. I think the most intimidating part of making changes is the actual change that needs to take place. Duh, right? You’ve become comfortable in your daily routine, so it’s hard to make changes, even the smallest ones. Nevertheless, this is what I try to incorporate to make it a bit easier.
1. Start fresh every single day.          

There is no benefit to beating yourself up over yesterday. Today is a new day, so show yourself some grace. Although I like to joke about it, yes, you can actually start a new healthy eating plan mid week. Trust me, I start over a lot. If you are tired of starting over, then stop giving up. The goal should be to create healthy habits, not restrictions. {Something I work on daily}

2.  Diets are a thing of the past.       

Focus on what you CAN have, instead of what you CANNOT. I’m no scientiest, but if you keep telling yourself you cannot have that piece of chocolate or that glass of wine, chances are, you are going to want it that much more. In return, you cave and then feel bad about yourself, and the dreaded cycle has come full circle again. Damn, it really is hard.

3.  Understand that exercise doesn’t have to be a huge time committment – just get moving.                                              

I consider my daily walks with the dogs to be exercise, even though they stop at just about every mailbox in the neighborhood. Find a program or routine that works for you. For me, personally, I much prefer to workout in the comfort of my own home versus driving to a gym. Trust me, there is much more appeal when Susan over there on the treadmill isn’t staring in judgment because you can only lift 5 pounds.

4. Use daily affirmations.                   

We’ve all heard the saying, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. This is so true, so why don’t we follow this rule when talking to ourselves. {tell me I’m not the only one who talks to myself}. But really, when you start each day with intention and self-care, you’re off to a great start.

Here are a few of my favorite daily affirmations

5. Stay hydrated!                                    

 And I’m not talking about wine, although you can have that too. Water. It does so much for our bodies.
💧higher metabolism
💧healthy heart
💧weight loss
💧better digestion
💧more energy
💧better mood
💧healthy skin
Get your favorite water bottle, label it and get to drinkin! You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces.

6. Don’t try to keep up with everyone else – enjoy your journey.          

Comparison is the thief of joy. When you focus too much on others, you tend to forget to appreciate what you are and how far you’ve come.

7. Always keep healthy snacks within reach.                                                         

Keep them simple. One of my favorite snacks is peanut butter and carrots. Some other quick and simple snacks: apple and string cheese, a banana with a handful of almonds, hummus, yogurt with berries, etc. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, so make yourself at least a 3 week committment and you’ll be surprised at how far you go!

8. Practice self-care regularly.             

How nice does a massage sound, or a new pair of running shoes, or a pedicure? The list could go on and on. But, self-care does not have to cost a thing. If you wish, take a hike, draw up a bubble bath, watch your favorite movie or call an old friend. What do you do regularly for self-care?? Leave a comment and let me know how you keep it simple and healthy.