Keep it simple! Get back to or start with the basics!
Instead of giving you the latest fad diet or weight loss “secret,” my mission is to help you establish new habits in order to reach your goals, get fit and stay fit. Use these simple steps that are free of fads, gimmicks and other get-skinny-quick schemes and will lead to lifelong changes!
1. Define your goals. Assess your current fitness level and take measurements. It’s great to know where you are, where you are going and your progress along the way. Don’t miss this important first step.
2. Establish an exercise schedule based on your current fitness level and COMMIT to it. No excuses. Schedule an appointment with yourself and NEVER talk yourself out of it. Need a plan? Sign up for my online Boot Camp or if you are in the Nashville area, sign up for our classes!
3. Start a diet and exercise journal and begin recording everything you eat and the exercise that you are doing. There are many online programs and phone apps the can help you stay on track with their calculators and tools. Even pen and paper are better than nothing! Click here for my meal plans.
4. Eliminate the Junk– Slowly get rid of processed, unnatural foods and stock up on lean meats, low fat dairy, whole grains, fruits and veggies and a couple of good water containers. Eating healthy does not mean cutting out entire food groups or any clean, natural foods. Nothing is off limits as long as it’s not processed!
Next, focus on the foods you NEED for energy, muscle repair and digestive health and don’t waste your calories on the other stuff. Also, eliminate activities that are not geared towards your new healthy lifestyle (hours in front of the TV, computer, eating out more than once or twice a week, etc.) and replace with scheduled activities that will help you reach your goals including thorough grocery shopping, cooking workouts, meet ups with friends for activities, long walks, and even quiet time for true rest.
Remember, this a lifestyle change for lifelong health and happiness. There are no “diet secrets” or magic pills that can ever give you what healthy food and exercise can! Don’t expect changes overnight. Love yourself the way you are in the process and allow your habits to change slowly and naturally.
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