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Diet And Exercise Tips: Reignite Your Healthy Lifestyle

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Healthy Lifestyle

Because I write about Health and Wellness doesn’t mean I don’t fall off the wagon! We all do. The statistics on weight regain is staggering. I have been there. After having 3 children I lost 70 pounds and you’re thinking WOW, that’s amazing.

It was amazing but I fell into the trap of, ok that’s done I can ease up and eat this double cheeseburger. That is a very common pitfall. So through the years I have had to reignite and lose more weight. Even now I weigh 15 pounds more than I want to. It is going to happen. Here are some tips to help you get back on track.

Give Yourself A Break

Don’t beat yourself up. Life is all about evolving. Don’t beat yourself up when you fall down. Pull up those big people panties and start again. Don’t fall into the trap of saying that you have lost too much time and think about how hard it is to start again, just do it.

Manage Stress

I don’t know about you but as soon as a stressful situation pops up I gain weight. It isn’t just that you reach for food that isn’t good for you. Stress affects so many things which include your digestion system. Ever notice that you get bloated when you are feeling stressed? That is exactly where the weight goes for me.

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Set Realistic Goals

One mistake I see many make is they set goals they can’t possibly live up to. Find your ideal weight while being realistic about it. I know I will never be skinny and probably wouldn’t look right that way either. Set small weight loss goals at first. This week I will lose a pound or two.

While we are on that mindset be realistic about food as well. I can’t tell you how many people say they are going to completely erase carbs or fat from their diet. It is impossible and unrealistic. Not only that some foods contain good fats and good sugars.

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Make Better Food Choices

Healthy eating is a lifestyle choice and as such you have to make better food choices part of your life. Another common misconception is that it is too expensive. That is completely false.

Whole foods are very affordable if you buy what you need. Buy only what you immediately need not for the whole week. Healthy processed foods are indeed costly and not necessarily good for you either.

I don’t tell people what to eat, we all know diets don’t work. I have always sought to point people in the right  direction instead. Gradually replace the food you’re eating with healthier choices. I am a strong advocate of not depriving yourself, instead infuse your diet with the by half theory.

If you want the cake, eat half. This way you have only half the calories, none of the guilt. Otherwise, odds are you will say screw it, I’ll have two pieces. Allow yourself a day where you treat yourself.

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Exercise

If you quit working out, odds are you got bored. This is the very reason I stopped going to gyms. Nothing is more boring to me than a Treadmill. You need to find activities that suit your personality and you definitely need variety. There are so many ways to get exercise.

  • Walking
  • Skating
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Sports
  • Dancing

The real point here is to move. Find some way to exercise and do it at least 30 minutes every ,day. Yes, every day.

The real truth is you will build up to where you left very quickly. You already know how good it makes you feel.

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Work-Out Tips

One thing that has really helped me is exercising at the same time every day. Staying on a schedule leads to a healthy lifestyle habit. Enlist a friend or family member to keep you in check. You can even set the alarm on your phone to remind you.

The point really is it’s never too late to start a Healthy Lifestyle again, as long as you start. Be kind to yourself. Start small and build up to the level you left off with. Go back to healthy food choices. Plan your meals and exercise.

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11 Comments

  1. I like what you said about evolving. I think one of the biggest obstacles to success is guilt. It creates an unhealthy cycle of self-loathing and punishment. A better approach is self-confidence and self-respect, and believing we have all the tools within us to meet our personal goals. Great post here! ?

  2. Great post! I feel like for so many of us, fitness and healthy lifestyle will ebb and flow, and there are many times that the fire will dwindle and die, so I really love the practical tips to reignite it!

  3. Yep, stress does pack on the pounds for me too. As you suggested, I need to find a specific time to work out and stick with that. I’m all over the map and fitting exercise in makes THAT part stressful in itself.

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