A Healthier Me Update! Wow it’s been long!

Sorry everyone!!! Life has been soooooo busy! My baby girl turned 7 so all kind of festivities pursued! But, I have been staying on track. I’ve been hitting the gym at least 3 times a week and sometimes more than that. I jump on the treadmill and ride that for an hour with a 15% incline and usually burn about 800 calories and I do strength training every other day and crunches every night. I’ve been eating lots of fish, veggies and fruit. It really makes a difference. I lost about 7 pounds which isn’t too bad, I know I am gaining muscle and I feel stronger and my clothes are fitting better. I need to take some before and after pictures, I’m just not there yet. So I went from about 153 to 145 in about 4 weeks. I still have a ways to go but I’m confident I’ll get there! Eating health and exercising puts me in a great physical and mental state. I have learned to be gentle with myself, because it had seemed that I was losing weight pretty quickly and I realized alot of that was water weight.. BOO! But, now I’m seeing the pounds drop steadily ant that is a motivator along with the fact that I feel better. Here are a few things I’m learning:

1. Don’t compare yourself to others! Remember the perfect ponytail girl with the beautifully sculpted thighs that made me feel like a sweaty wart hog! Well, she didn’t make me feel anyway I made myself feel like that because I was comparing myself to a girl who is built completely differently from me and is probably a good 15 years younger than me. God made me to be me not the pony tail girl and I need to find contentment in that and be the best me I can be!

2. Exercise Daily– Even if you are walking up and down your steps a few times, find a way to squeeze in exercise. Squat while you’re doing dishes or do crunches while watching television, get moving! Any little bit makes a difference.

3. Always Grab a Healthier Alternative– Find a healthy snack you love and then buy it in bulk! If you love almonds get enough to last and keep them at work, home and in your car. My go to is string cheese, grapes and almonds.

4. Don’t be a slave to the scale! I thought the scale was my motivator and in some ways it is, but it isn’t always an accurate way of measuring your weight loss. Make sure you weigh yourself at the same time every day and don’t forget to look at your measurements and take note of how you’re clothes are feeling. If the scale doesn’t give you the number you anticipated, it is okay! Don’t be too hard on yourself.

5. Buy Workout Clothes that make you feel good! I bought a pair of great workout pants from Macy’s with a gift certificate I have and new sneakers and it really does make a difference. I feel better as I work out and that is a motivator within itself. Wear clothes that make you feel good and are flattering.

6. Don’t be afraid to try new moves-I’m a treadmill girl and everything else seems like a waste of time, but if you don’t switch it up then your body gets used to doing the same thing and you won’t see the changes you are hoping for. Plus trying new things keeps you from getting bored.

These are just a few tips that seem to be working for me. What works for you?

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