Leading a healthy lifestyle is a priority for me, but that doesn’t mean it always comes easy. Many days, I come home exhausted and want nothing more than to plop down on the couch, turn on Netflix, and binge shows and junk food. Of course there are days when I give in to my exhaustion, but it’s because I strive to stay on track most days that I’m okay with this.
In the past, I’ve been a yoyo when it comes to being consistent, but over the years I’ve learned a few things that help me obtain my goals, and stay on top of them. That’s not to say I’ve got it completely figured out, or that I don’t “fall off the wagon” from time to time, I do, but I have developed some ways to get back on and keep it moving!
1. Have A Plan For The Gym
How many times have you gone to the gym, rolled out a mat, and spent way too much time scrolling through your phone, wasting time trying to figure out what to do for your workout that day? I have certainly done this a time or ten, and found that when this happens, I usually end up going home without even breaking a sweat. Because of this, it is vital that I have a plan. I like to write out workouts in my notes, and review them before heading to the gym. I have everything written out exactly as I plan to do it, from the warm up to the cool down. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to jotting down a quick workout circuit, check out Tone It Up or Self for some workout inspiration
2. Meal Plan + Prep
Just like I need a plan for the gym, I need a plan for the kitchen if I want to stay on track. Any time that I neglect to do my Sunday shopping, I find that I’m reaching for not so healthy takeout, which becomes a bad habit throughout the week. To avoid this, I do a weekly shopping trip on Saturday or Sunday. I take my time writing out a healthy grocery list and what I plan to eat throughout the week, including breakfasts, snacks, lunches, and dinners. Often times I will coordinate dinners to have enough for lunch the following day-two meals for the price of one! I also aim to keep things simple to avoid getting lazy and finding excuses throughout the week to order those pizzas. Trader Joe’s is my favorite for pre-made items, like cooked organic brown rice, lentils, chicken, black beans, and frozen cut veggies. All the staples that can be the base of some very healthy and delicious meals.
3. Change It Up
While getting in a routine and finding a rhythm is great, it can also lead to a rut. Maybe you’ve been doing the same circuits for weeks on end, and you’re not seeing anymore results or just plain bored. That is why it is important to switch things up. One of my favorite ways to do this is by using a 12 week program like Kayla Itsines and Anna Victoria, or a fitness app, like Aaptiv. I have used all three of these and found success in each one. The 12 week programs ensure that I’m switching it up every 4 weeks, and Aaptiv helps me beat boredom when I need to get my heart pumping on the treadmill.
Just like your exercise routine can get boring, you may find that your meals can, too. I know that when I’m eating too much of the same things, I’m more likely to give up on my quest to be a healthy eater. I’ve tried the whole nothing but chicken breast, green beans, and brown rice, and it did not last long! This is when I lean heavily on Pinterest and my favorite foodie blogs. Ambitious Kitchen is one of my absolute favorites for new and innovative recipes, all “clean eating” approved.
4. Get Some New Workout Clothes
I love to shop and I love getting new clothes, so it’s no surprise that new workout clothes help motivate me to stay fit! Cute workout gear also gives me confidence, and that is so important when it comes to getting healthy, because being healthy is about much more than just exercise and diet (though these things are pretty important). Some of my favorite places to find cute and affordable active wear are TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, and Fabletics. When I’m looking to splurge, I go for Zella, Nike, and Lulu Lemon!
5. Cut Yourself Some Slack + Live Life
As important as it is to develop healthy eating and exercising habits, it is just as important to allow yourself some breathing room. Do not beat yourself up if you miss a workout, or have a cupcake at the work potluck. Being healthy should be a lifestyle, not a diet, and I don’t know many people who can live a healthy life constantly tracking what they eat, and how many calories they’ve burned. I have been down that road, and it just gave me heightened stress and anxiety. When you allow yourself a treat here and there, you’ll be less likely to binge, which can lead to feeling guilty, and that is not a good way to feel.
If you’re looking to get on a healthy track, or just need some motivation to stay on it, I hope this post has helped! I am by no means an expert, and still have some things to figure out, but these are the things that work for me.
Thank you so much for reading!