Monday, January 26, 2015

Living a Healthier Lifestyle 365 Days a Year

I took the weekend off of social media.  It felt so nice to unplug and take time to think and reflect on things.  I no longer make resolutions for the New Year.  However, 2015 for me was all about setting goals both, professional and personal.  

My goals always include being a better wife, mother, sister and friend, which is something I struggle with and beat my self up for every day.  Am I doing enough to please everyone in my world?  I think a lot of us women deal with that, with finding balance.  

The truth is, I love my life.  I love my family, I love blogging, making videos, personal training and being healthy.  I not only love these things, but, this is who I am!  I workout because I love the feeling, I eat healthy because I love my body and need to take care of it in order to be there for my family and friends.  

Lately, I have seen tons of photos of people indulging over the weekend because they have reached the end of a 21 day health challenge.  My question to them is: what's your health and fitness goal for the rest of the year?  What is your health and fitness goal for the rest of your life?

A lot of these program that promise rapid weigh loss in 21 days do not really go over what the next step is.  A lot of us entering these programs view "health" as a temporary thing and as a weigh loss diet.  Most of us who fall in to the trap complete the programs and go right back to our old eating habits.  I completely understand the trend, believe me, I was once just like you, doing those 21 day fixes, binge eating for a week or two, and going back to another diet to loose all the weight I had gained.

Here is what those diet trends forgot to tell you..
  • You need to change the way you look at food.  Protein, fruits, veggies, healthy fats and complex carbs are not diet food. These are whole foods and essential nutrients your body needs.  You should be incorporating a serving of each in every meal.  
  • While it is true that anything you do for 21 days can become a habit, changing your eating habits drastically can become difficult to some and can lead to binge eating behavior.  Just like with fitness, you need to start making small changes not unrealistic ones.  For example, if you drink 10 sodas a week, switch to 8 sodas the first week, then 6 sodas the following week and so forth.  You are most likely to build a better relationship with food by slowly eliminating unhealthy habits.  Trust me you will still notice a change, without starving your self.  You will get to that 1 soda a week and eliminate it for good with no cravings.
  • A 21 day fix is not an "all diet fits all".  We are all different and have different goals with our health and fitness.  If you have never worked out a day in your life, like with food, you need to start small.  I believe you are most likely to stick and actually enjoy a workout that is realistic and sustainable for a beginner.  Going from no workout to an intense 5-6 days workout routine, along with a restrictive diet is not sustainable nor a healthy way to live.  This is a crash diet! 
  • Start out with 1-2 days of working out the first week for a minimum of 10 minutes.   Increase the time by 10 minutes every week, until you can properly complete a 30-50 minutes workout for those 2 days.  Increase your routine to 3 days a week for 30 minutes and so forth.  Find a workout program you love.  Whether it is group classes, spin, running, walking, dancing.  Fall in-love with fitness!  I promise that once you find something you love, you will look forward to doing more of it. 
  • Commitment is a big thing with living a healthy lifestyle 365 days a year.  Schedule that workout and prepare your healthy meals at home, commit to it.  Aim for progress not perfection.  Allow your self to enjoy a delicious restaurant meal with family and friends once a week.   But, do not forget that health is number ONE in your life.
  • Loosing weight is not easy and does not happen over nite.  There's no magic pill, it takes work and dedication.  Health and Fitness changes require sacrifice and commitment.  Commit to a schedule, cook healthy meals at home and start doing this slowly.  Find recipes you love and introduce them to your family and friends.  

Make health your life partner in 2015, not a "21 day fling"!

41 comments:

  1. Oh man, I love this post! My health goal for this year is not to lose weight, necessarily, but to make a LIFESTYLE change. I want to be more active and feel better, and I realize that starts with eating better. My husband and I have started the month of January by just walking a mile a day around the indoor track by our apartment. We've done it for almost three weeks straight and I'm already feeling better and stronger! We are planning on stepping it up next month by adding in a couple 30-day shred workouts a week, but I think if we keep adding little by little, we will be successful in changing our lifestyle and being healthier!

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    1. Thats a great plan Chelsie! Stick to it and you'll see results.. consistency is key!

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  2. I agree. It MUST be a lifestyle change for it to be long-lasting! Great post! <3

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  3. I agree! I'm not into the diet fad (certain days) I think its better to become an overall healthier person!
    KyMarieC

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  4. I agree with you. It has to be a lifestyle change for it to be worth it to me.

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  5. But it's sooooo hard. I agree with you though. I'm not sure how 21 days can do anything for your overall health. Unless it's like, a hospital stay.

    Or rehab.

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    1. a temporary fix.. not sustainable at all ;o)

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  6. I like the idea of committing to just 1-2 days a week. This seems much more attainable than the approach I have used in the past. And removing the word "diet" from my vocabulary.

    I write a lot about balancing the pressures women face when it comes to pleasing everyone... I feel you there! I hope working out brings you the peace of mind you are looking for.

    Have a beautiful day!

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    1. I will Charlotte.. thanks for stopping by!

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  7. This is SO true! I think indulging is fine every once in a while, but being healthy isn't a trip, it's a journey!

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  8. Great post! It's so true. I've never got into the diet thing. Living healthy is a choice we make everyday.

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  9. It seems counter productive to pig out after your cleansed your body for 21 days. I am all for a cheat as long as you continue the path of healthy afterwards.

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    1. exactly.. well, when you go for a month depriving your self your brain is going to want a lot of the things you did not have for the last 21 days and therefore binge... it is a horrible cycle .. no bueno

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  10. Great post, I'm trying to make little changes to my health through the year. Like this month I'm focusing on drinking more water.

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  11. I am definitely working on this right now! Not just eating diet food, but a mix of all.

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  12. such a great reminder. people get so caught up in the new years resolution of getting healthier but many seem to not hold on to it. i strive to be healthy everyday, making healthy choice with balance!

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  13. I am anti resolution but i do make monthly goals, and i agree with your thoughts on the 21 days challenge, i think lifestyle changes should be for the whole year not just some days.

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  14. Such a great post. I really want to put a lot of effort into my diet and exercise this year. I've started doing the 80:20 diet where I eat really well for the week days then get to treat myself at weekends! (I couldn't give up afternoon tea completely!)

    Katie <3

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    1. you mean those scones... lol I got you lol

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  15. I have tons of heath goals for this year that I have yet to start :( But I do plan on it soon once my daughter gets the all clear health bill.

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  16. As someone who gets caught up frequently in diet trends, I really needed this. Thank you :)

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  17. I agree that crash diets are almost never effective and are such a bad idea in general! I try to be healthy most days, but it's probably more like 320 days a year. ;)

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    1. lol me too Kelly... But, I say those 15 days are more like 80/20 for me... I start out good and then something happens and I just treat myself ;o)

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  18. Awesome!! I love this! I hate using the word diet and I replace it with lifestyle :)

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  19. I love the lifestyle change that keeps being pushed! I never grew up hearing "diet" and it gave me the drive to just always be healthy. I hope that I give that gift to my daughters as my mother gave to me and my sister.

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    1. So true... it is best to pass on good healthy habits rather than obsessive diet trends that lead you no where

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  20. I think this is a great idea. Lifestyle change is so much more effective than fad 30 days diets, juice diets and so on. Thanks for a great post.
    Rosie

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  21. I need to hire you to be my personal trainer. I suck at keeping up with my goals on working out and find no motivation. All I seem to do is complain. I don't think I eat that bad, and I don't say I am overweight, I just wish my body was toned up. I need help.

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    1. Ashley I recently updated my Online Personal Training Tab above... feel free to check it out and see if that is something you are interested in doing. Feel free to email me as well. ;o) http://www.ahealthierfitterme.com/p/contact_16.html

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  22. I agree with the term "lifestyle change": if I'm not embracing the change, I know I won't stick to it!

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  23. I love that you emphasize 365 days a year. It really is vital to make it a permanent goal not a huge goal then stop.

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  24. This is a great read! I completely agree with you!

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  25. 100% agree! I definitely took up a goal this year to run a marathon before 2015 closes. I started running in November so I can be ahead of the resolutions craze. It has been a lifestyle change but one that I take very seriously, and one step at a time. I too believe that the diets work temporarily, but if the person has not committed to a lifestyle change, then their changes will continue to be temporary ones.

    Thrifting Diva
    www.thriftingdiva.com

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