Hey there, lovelies!
Today I want to offer a post focused on some of the ways I have created my own healthy lifestyle that I believe can help you create one for yourself. I think it is so important for women to understand that there are so many ways to create a healthy lifestyle specifically for you. In order to make something that is going to be sustainable and realistic, we need to create something specifically designed for you and only you. The schedule that I use and the routine I personally stick to may not necessarily be the best thing for you, simply because we are different people with different preferences and priorities. So below I have laid out some great guidelines for anyone who is seeking to reinvent their lifestyle and take charge of their health and fitness. I hope that this post will leave you feeling motivated and ready to take the first steps in creating a healthy lifestyle that will work for you. And don’t forget, while the idea is to create something designed for you, there are so many of us here to help you figure it out! ❤
Make Your Health A Priority!
Without a doubt, the very first step before you take on anything else is to make your health and fitness a priority. I mean really think about that for a minute and commit to taking good care of your body, mind, and soul. Without that commitment to yourself the rest of this will be a whole lot harder to maintain! Make a list of all of the reasons you can think of for why you should be making a change and why you are committed to making it happen. But don’t forget to keep it positive! Like I talked about in my last post, it is so important to do things for the right, positive reasons, and this is no exception. Take a look at my previous post, “Strong, Not Skinny” for more on that topic.
Set Realistic Goals
One of the most common reasons why women end up giving up on a routine is because it wasn’t well-suited for them to begin with. In other words, they set goals that are not attainable based on the rest of their life and responsibilities, and end up feeling like a failure for not being able to keep up. So I say let’s avoid that situation altogether by starting off on the right foot and setting challenging, but realistic goals. Here’s an example of what I mean from my own experience: I work a full-time job, I have a husband, I have an apartment to keep clean, meals to cook, my sanity to keep, etc. Taking all of that into account I can say that it’s probably not realistic for me to expect myself to workout every single day. So what did I do to achieve my goals, remain consistent and avoid being in a situation where I feel like I’ve failed? I decided to workout 3-4 times a week, consistently. Being of the “give it your all” mindset most of the time, that was a hard thing for me to do at first because I felt like I could be pushing myself harder than that. But what happened was something so exciting to me that it was one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place! I found that in sticking to that routine I was not only reaching my fitness goals (these are goals like doing 20 push-ups, for example) without getting burned out, but I was becoming more and more motivated as time went on. Before I knew it I had accomplished my first set of fitness goals and was on to working out 4-5 times a week simply because I was having so much fun with it! It became one of my greatest forms of stress relief and something that I genuinely looked forward to rather than seeing it as one more thing to get done. It allowed me enough structure and consistency to make progress while still allowing enough wiggle room for the things that are bound to come up. As I’ve had to learn the hard way, you don’t always have to suck it up, get it over with, push on through. I’m a big believer that there are ways to create a routine that you thrive on, no matter the rest of your life’s duties.
Listen to Your Body
Having a routine that fits you well allows you to do one of the most important things you can do when it comes to health and fitness: listen to your body! Similar to what I said above, so many women end up giving up because they ignore the things their body is telling them and end up running themselves into the ground. A huge point I want to stress in this blog is to not only listen to your body but to work with your body. Allowing yourself that little bit of wiggle room keeps you from missing your body’s messages and helps you stay balanced. If you’re feeling under the weather you can hear those messages and know that maybe you should take it easy that day and let your body rest. Or, on the other side, if you’ve had a particularly good and energetic week you can add on another workout if you feel like it. All of this is just to emphasize the power that you can have from listening to and working with your body to achieve your goals, rather than trying to force progress while drowning out the noise of your body’s messages.
Consistency, Consistency, Consistency!
So many girls have come to me and asked what my secret is, what I do to not only remain toned, but to continue to gain strength. My answer is always summed up in this one point right here: be consistent. That can sound intimidating because life happens, right? But in my points above I’ve explained some of the ways that I am able to be consistent while still being balanced. The truth of the matter is that you’re not going to lose weight, get defined abs, tone your thighs, get a booty or any of those goals you may have if you aren’t consistent. The beauty of it is that being consistent and maintaining a routine doesn’t have to be all-encompassing and daunting. When you find the right balance for you it will transform not only your body, but your mindset. The trick is developing a routine that is challenging without being overwhelming, that allows wiggle room without dismissing the need to stick with it.
Don’t Say Goodbye to Cheeseburgers Just Yet…
“People who are fit and ‘healthy’ are miserable and deprive themselves! Why would I do that to myself?” Behold, a comment I hear now and then (that honestly makes me really upset) from people who are skeptical about this whole healthy lifestyle thing. It always makes me really sad when I hear stuff like that, because unfortunately, society has given them reason to say those things. It doesn’t have to be that way! There are too many people out there who simply don’t know the foods they should and shouldn’t eat, the ways they can be active to fit their body, the ways they can assist their body to function properly. Living a healthy lifestyle should be all about educating yourself in the things your body does and doesn’t need and working with it to provide or avoid those things. Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself 24/7, it means you try to fuel your body with the things you know it needs most (from food to exercise to sleep, etc.). And guess what? Eating unhealthy food now and then isn’t going to suddenly negate all of your progress! Just like missing a workout every now and then isn’t going to somehow make you gain ten pounds over night. In fact, I think it’s great to have a treat here and there. All things in moderation, it’s all about balance. There are also so many ways to make healthy foods in a way that you’ll genuinely enjoy! No need to eat salads all the time or munch on carrot sticks even if you hate carrots, people. Don’t fall for this sad narrative that taking care of your body is a miserable way to live, it doesn’t have to be that way! There are so many people out here along with me to help you create a healthy lifestyle that will work well for you.
There you have it, those are the main points I think are a great starting point if you’re trying to take charge of your health and fitness. Even if you’ve been sticking to a routine for a while, these points can be great reminders of what’s really important! I want to encourage you, to motivate you and help you achieve your goals. Feel free to contact me if you need help getting started and we can work together to find a routine that is realistic and sustainable for you! ❤ Thank you for reading!