Welcome to a spankin’ new week. I am sure most of you are thinking, “Great. A full week of work ahead.” Well STOP! Don’t look at it as a possible very long and stressful week of work, instead, take it day by day. Think of fun little things every day to look forward to. These things don’t have to cost money, take up a lot of time, or ruin your diet.
Speaking of which, let’s talk diets.
I would love to give ya’ll some advice on them: Nix them.
Seriously. Any diet you are on right now, just stop. Why? They do not work! I guarantee we all have been on some sort of diet in our life (guilty) and one small mess up, and we just throw in the towel and give up. Am I right?
So what should you do, you ask? Focus on a lifestyle change. Start small. If you mess up, don’t feel like a failure, just do better next time. I have an 80/20 (80% clean eats: 20% treats) rule to my eating. Yeah, it should probably be more like 90/10, but it is summer and I like ice cream. BUT, I also work out just about every day, so for me, that ratio works. However, it could be different for my very best friend in the entire world or your twin sister.
How do I define clean eats? Simple. Unprocessed foods, lean meats, whole grains, and anything grown from the Earth.
How do I define treats? You guessed it. Creamy condiments (think dressings, mayo, BBQ sauce), high fat foods, and obviously the sweet treats I love so much.
The reason why I am so against diets is because most, if not all, are impossible to follow long term. Some are unhealthy and many will more than likely cause you to gain back all the weight you tried so hard to loose (if not more).
Take a moment and really think about your actual diet. The one that you eat every day without putting in any thought. I mean, really think about it. BE HONEST with yourself. Is it really healthy?? Are there a few things you could change that would create HUGE differences in your weight or figure? Changing small things allows you to more likely stick to it and make it easier to add in new healthier changes, sllooooowly.
Happy Monday. 🙂