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9 Ways to Jumpstart Your Workout Routine Fitness

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Even though it’s still cold and there are eleventybillion feet of snow up north, Spring Break is, in fact, almost here. After Spring Break comes Memorial Day and everyone knows Memorial Day is what kicks off the summer. It’s when you can start to wear white again (even though I wear white year-round- what a rebel), you start seeking out the friends of your friends that have boats, trips to the lake/beach/river become more common, and life just feels a little happier in general.

 

Unless…

 

You know you acted like a bear and hibernated from the gym throughout the winter. I’m not judging you. It happens. We get cold and the warm bed is a lot more enticing than the gym in the mornings. What you CAN do, however, is shake of that mentality. It’s March! It’s time to wipe our winter-fogged eyes, pull out our sandals (even if they just sit there and look nice because, after all, it is still snowing in places), and get ready for summer.

 

Curvy, skinny, muscular, voluptuous, whatever skin you’re comfortable in, getting your butt to the gym for some post-winter sweat sessions will help you feel better and be more confident this summer.

 

It can be hard to get back into a routine if you’ve been out of one for awhile, so here are 9 ways you can jumpstart your workout routine!

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  1. Join a gym
    This seems obvious, but there’s a method to the obvious madness. When you buy something, you are committed to it. You will be more likely to go use something you pay for than you are just saying “I’m going to go running this week.” If you pay for a membership, you are invested and more likely to get your workout on.
  2. Find a class you enjoy
    Most gyms offer classes to members, so find one you enjoy and get in there! Zumba, aerobics, cardio-lifting classes, yoga, kickboxing…whatever it is, get in there! You’ll be more inclined to go when you know you enjoy your workouts!
  3. Find a workout buddy
    Things are always more fun with a friend! If you need that extra push to get to the gym, find someone who will go with you and keep each other accountable!
  4. Incentivize your workouts
    Make a goal and reward yourself for meeting that goal. Did you go to the gym 4 times this week? Go get your toes done. Did you lose a pound? Put a dollar in a jar and save for some new shoes or a night out.
  5. Keep yourself accountable.
    Set goals and don’t blow them off. It is really easy to say “well, I’m not going to meet my goal, so I’m gonna give up now.” DON’T DO THAT! Make smaller goals and think about them. The first week back, maybe aim to get to the gym 2-3 times. Be reasonable and keep yourself accountable!
  6. Try a pre-workout
    Let me tell you something. Nothing will get me off my butt faster than a pre-workout. I recommend C4 by Cellucor. Pre-workouts can really help pump you up. I like C4 best because I don’t crash afterwards.
  7. Get a new outfit
    New clothes always motivate me to workout! I always want to wear my new stuff so I like to go to TJ Maxx and look around for new workout clothes whenever I get in a rut.
  8. Find a program to follow
    If you’re really lost and don’t know where to start, there are a ton of free workout programs out there. Bodybuilding.com has a ton of workouts on their site. Pick one you like and follow it!
  9. Always get dressed
    This sounds like a “duh” point, but hear me out. Anytime I don’t know if I want to workout, I always put on my workout clothes. Shoes and everything. Once I do that, I very rarely ever stay home because I’ve already taken the time to get my clothes on. If you’re still not feeling it, get your stuff and get out the door. Then you really won’t turn around.

 

At the end of the day, you have to be determined. You need to commit. That run won’t happen if you don’t make it happen, but these tips will get you going on the days you feel like skipping out! If you want more tips and tricks, head over to the Shop tab and check out my new eBook!

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A Little More About Carrie… Life

After a month of blogging and a feature on Humans of New York, I feel like it’s time for me to share a little more about me.

I don’t want to write a biography because that’s boring, so I thought I would put together a little list of things about me!

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  1. I grew up in Northern California
  2. I have 2 younger sisters!
  3. I live in Savannah, Ga with my husband and 2 fur babies
  4. We’ve been married for almost 3 years.
  5. I battled anorexia from age 8 to age 16.
  6. From age 16 to age 20 I battled with binge eating.
  7. It took a doctors appointment telling me I had high cholesterol and was classified as pre-diabetic to get my ass into gear.
  8. I had a membership to a gym on campus but I paid for a gym off campus because that’s what I was comfortable with.
  9. I used MyFitnessPal to track my food.
  10. I ran. A LOT.
  11. My official starting weight in March 2011 was 163 lbs.
  12. I weighed 115 lbs in November of 2011.
  13. Over the next couple of years I gained back a lot of that weight due to losing it so quickly.
  14. After gaining back some of what I lost, I realized I needed to live healthy instead of aim for skinny.
  15. Now I maintain around 130 and I don’t stress!
  16. I’m no longer classified as pre-diabetes
  17. I’ve run multiple 5ks, 2 half marathons, a Warrior Dash, and a Tough Mudder.
  18. My pant sizes range from a 1 to a 12 (not even kidding- pant sizes are stupid)
  19. My favorite food is cheese and Cuban pastelitos.
  20. My favorite movie is Armageddon
  21. My second favorite movie is Die Hard.
  22. I have a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration
  23. I work as an academic advisor at a university and I LOVE it.
  24. I have a running buddy and she’s the BEST. We run on Tuesday’s after work.
  25. I have a pretty weird sense of humor.
  26. I don’t have a gallbladder or an appendix.
  27. I love to travel but I get really anxious about going places I haven’t been (SPOILER ALERT: I do it anyway).
  28. I still watch WWE (not even ashamed).
  29. Law and Order SVU and Criminal Minds are my go-to binge watching shows.
  30. I’ve seen every X-Men movie in theaters on opening weekend.

I tell yall this because I really am just a normal person who was obese, worked hard, and got healthy. When I say anyone can do it if I can do it, I really mean it! I wouldn’t sit in a gym parking lot, much less work out in a gym. I was able to change my life around and I sincerely hope I can motivate you as you live healthy with me!


Pulling Yourself Out of a Rut Fitness

Sometimes, living healthy can get hard. You get in a rut, you get confused as to what you need to do to meet your goals, you feel like you’re not doing enough. There are so many things that go into living well and it’s really easy to doubt yourself sometimes. When you doubt yourself, it’s really easy to give up, but it’s important to keep going!

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Pulling yourself out of a rut isn’t always easy, but there are things you can do!

 

  1. Don’t over think things
    I am the WORST at this. I think “oh, well this used to work for me so let me change what I’m doing” and then two days later I think “but what if what I was doing was working?” It can be a nightmare and it’s not worth it! Don’t overthink things. If you’re making progress, then keep doing what you’re doing.
  2. Don’t flip flop
    Piggy-backing off #1- if you keep changing what you’re doing, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Your body needs time to adjust. If you’ve increased your calorie intake, don’t give up on it after a week! Wait 2-3 weeks to give your body (and your mind!) time to adjust to the new intake.
  3. Do an inventory
    Write it out! What is causing the rut? Are you unhappy with your progress? Why are you unhappy? What can you do to fix it? Are you tired? Why are you  tired? How can you get more sleep? Writing is therapeutic and it can really be beneficial when looking for solutions to problems.
  4. Remember where you started
    Have you lost 5 pounds? 10 pounds? 100 pounds? Were you borderline type 2? Were you depressed? If you remember where you started, you can use that as motivation to not want to go back.
  5. Remember why you started
    Did you start living well because you wanted to lose weight? Or because you wanted to get stronger? Or to improve blood pressure? Whatever the reason, remember why you started and it will help motivate you to stay on track.

It is really common to get into a rut, but the important part is to keep going and never give up!

 

How do you get out of a rut?

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Yoga Class // Kiss Me Organics Matcha Powder Review // Matcha Cookies Recipe! Fitness

Tonight I went to a yoga class and it was AWESOME. I used to do yoga on Saturday mornings with my mom, but that was 10 years ago and I haven’t gone to a real class since then. I’ve practiced yoga at home on and off but I really started practicing daily over the past couple of weeks. I’m no yoga expert, but I enjoy doing it at night to wind down before bed. On my own, I’ll practice a few series of asanas (poses), but it’s hard because I only know so many! I have some yoga apps that are helpful, but I wanted to get in an actual class, so I did!

I was nervous at first because it had been so long since my last class. I brought my own mat but there were mats to use if someone didn’t have their own. I didn’t know what to expect regarding shoes because yoga is generally practiced barefoot, but I wasn’t sure if that was going to be allowed since it was in a gym. Luckily, we were allowed to go barefoot (like I said, I used my own mat).

The class was about an hour long and included poses that I was familiar with and some that I wasn’t. It was nice to be led rather than trying to make it up as I went along.

Overall I really enjoyed it!

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When I got home, I enjoyed a delicious green tea latte made with Kiss Me Organics Green Tea Matcha Powder. Kiss Me Organics sent me some of their Matcha powder to try in exchange for an honest review. I mentioned this product on Facebook earlier because I made cookies with it. This stuff is awesome.

Matcha is finely milled green tea. It comes in powder form. Matcha is said to have significantly more benefits than regular green tea because matcha is processed in a much different way than green tea. Matcha is said to improve focus and energy without any violent crash, improve metabolic speed (which green tea is known for anyways- matcha just improves it more), and some have said that it has helped clear their skin.

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I have only been using it a couple of days, so I can’t speak on the metabolism or skin claims, but I have noticed that I am more able to focus on the tasks at hand after drinking green tea lattes I have made with Kiss Me Organics matcha. It is really easy to make a latte, too! Just add hot milk, whisk until frothy, and add sweetener if you’d like (I wouldn’t make it without sweetener but that’s a personal preference. I used Stevia for my matcha latte).

What’s awesome about matcha is the versatility. I made cookies with it! It was really easy and the matcha powder didn’t change the texture of the dough at all.

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Matcha Cookies
(adapted from SparkPeople)

Makes about 24 cookies

Ingredients:

2 eggs
3/4 c vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 c sugar
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Kiss Me Organics Organic Matcha

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
2. In a bowl, sift together all dry ingredients
3. In a smaller bowl, mix together all wet ingredients.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and stir together until it is thoroughly mixed.
5. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray (I use Pam).
6. Form dough into balls and place on the cookie sheet.
7. Bake for 7-9 minutes (the bottom edges will turn golden)
8. Let cool and enjoy!

 

Overall, I was very pleased with Kiss Me Organics Organic Matcha powder. I can’t wait to try it in other things! I think it would be great in protein pancakes and smoothies.

Have you ever tried matcha? What do you think of it?

 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in exchange for an honest review of this product. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


5 Ways to Get Comfortable in the Gym Fitness

A big part of a good workout is being comfortable at the gym. Some people  avoid exercise all together because they are uncomfortable working out around other people.

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I was one of those people. I wouldn’t even sit in the parking lot of a gym, never mind go in one and workout. When I finally did decided to join a gym, there were some things I did consciously to make myself more comfortable.

 

  1. Find the right gym
    Finding the right gym is really important to being comfortable there. There are somethings that can narrow down your options like price and location, but make sure you’re comfortable in a gym that you pay for. You are paying for a service. There are different cultures at every gym. Don’t be afraid to ask around for trial periods. Most gyms will give you a free trial that lasts anywhere from a day to a week (In my opinion, if they DON’T let you try it for free, they just want your money and will probably be a pain to deal with anyway). Finding a gym that fits your needs is the first way to really be at home at the gym.
  2. Find the right clothes
    When I say “right” clothes, I mean clothes that fit you and that are comfortable. If you are comfortable in a t-shirt and running shorts, stock up! Don’t wear something that is cute but not functional. For me, I find some shirts I have are a little too tight. I wear them anyways, but I notice that I either spend too much time finding pants that will hold me in the right places so I can wear the shirts or I’m really uncomfortable when I’m working out. That’s not something that should be on my mind at the gym! Make sure you’re wearing things that you are physically and mentally comfortable in.
  3. Learn the machines
    Whether you learn them through personal training sessions or just by doing some research online, learn what they do. It’s hard to workout when you’re not sure what everything does, but if you get a chance to walk around the weight room and see each machine, you can look up how to use them online. If you forget, there’s always a little sticker on the machine that will remind you how to use it! One thing I do: I’ll look up exercises on bodybuilding.com as I workout. If I forget proper form or I want to find a different variation of an exercise, I just pull it up on my phone!
  4. Go in with a plan
    Walk around with intention and you’ll look like you own the place. Write down the exercises in a notepad or on your phone so you can go from one exercise to the next without any wandering. You can pick a plan from the internet or make one up depending on what you want to work that day. If you are a beginner, I would recommend always getting some sort of insight when you’re creating a workout.
  5. Be confident
    Most importantly, be confident. While it may feel like everyone is watching you, 99% of the time, they aren’t. The other 1% of the time it’s probably by accident. Everyone started somewhere and you are there to better yourself. Get in there, put your headphones in, turn your music up, and rock your workout! You are there and you are awesome for being there!

 

Even though it can be hard to gain confidence in a new gym- whether you’re experienced or not- it is worth the effort!

 


Eating Light at a Sunday Beach Brunch Fitness / Life

After a Saturday filled with yard work and house chores, Mike and I decided to head to the beach for brunch on this morning. We live about 30 minutes from Tybee Island, though we don’t go there as often as we probably should. I want to make a point to go the beach more often this year. It was 70 degrees and it was the perfect weather for a beach front brunch.

The drive there was great. No traffic and just warm enough to let the windows down.

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We went to a little restaurant called North Beach Bar and Grill. It’s a small place (with surprisingly adequate seating) in a more residential area of the island and it is walking distance to a public dock that goes right to the beach. Usually they serve burgers and seafood, but on Sunday mornings they serve brunch. The menu was small but everything looked amazing.

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Eating light at brunch isn’t always easy, but I made it a priority to find a wholesome meal. I ordered the Smoked Salmon benedict. It came with smoked salmon, sliced tomatoes, bacon, poached eggs, chive hollandaise, and home fries (a hash). Mike ordered the Jamaican French Toast which was two HUGE pieces of  Challah bread made like french toast. Mike and I also split an order of their gorgonzola grits. The smoked salmon benedict was seriously one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. It was perfect. The salmon brought the perfect amount of savory to the whole dish and I also liked that there wasn’t an overload of hollandaise.

When looking at the menu and trying to get something lighter, I made sure to stay away from things with bread. Bread is delicious and  I DO eat bread, but I will avoid it if I can. I picked this dish because of the insane amount of protein in it. Eggs and salmon and bacon? That is a LOT of protein. It definitely kept me full during the day.

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Eating out doesn’t have to be a bummer! Pick something high in protein and enjoy yourself. If you really want to try something that you can’t find anywhere else (like the gorgonzola grits) get an order of it and share!

After brunch, Mike and I took a walk on the beach and enjoyed the weather.

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Do you like the beach? What’s your favorite beach activity?

 

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Quest Nutrition Review (and Giveaway!) Fitness

Have you ever tried Quest bars? Or Quest chips? If not, you’re missing out. Quest Nutrition is a company that makes delicious, nutritious products. Their slogan? “Cheat Clean.” They are most popular for their Quest protein bars, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough being a favorite. Quest’s products are made with whole ingredients and they’re gluten free.

I LOVE Quest Products because they give me a way to fulfill my sweet tooth without feeling like I ate something unhealthy. My favorites:

  • Banana Nut Muffin
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Vanilla Almond Crunch
  • Cookies and Cream
  • S’mores (the newest flavor!)

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I also like the protein chips and the Peanut Butter Cups.

Most Quest bars have around 20g of protein with around 4-7g net carbs!

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I am super excited to announce that, starting at 12:00 pm EST today (February 7th), you can enter for a chance to win FREE Quest Nutrition Products. On Friday, February 13th, one person will be selected at random to win a sample pack of Quest Nutrition products! There will be a variety of Quest bars, some Quest Protein Chips, and some Quest Crave Peanut Butter Cups!

How can you enter? Well, there are a few ways! The first (and only required) way, is to comment on this post! Tell me what your favorite Quest Nutrition product is or what you want to try the most!

After that, you can gain more entries below! Check the box that says you commented and write the name you commented with. After that, you will be shown other ways you can gain entry! The more items you complete, the more chances you have to win!

Entries will be closed at 11:59 EST on 2/12/15. The winner will be announced the following day.

Good luck!

Keeping Carrie Fit Quest Nutrition Giveaway!

 

 

This is NOT a paid post. All opinions are my own.


The Skinny on Counting Calories (and Why I Stopped Counting Them) Fitness / Life

Counting calories. So many people who are losing weight or getting fit count calories and/or macros. While calorie counting apps are incredibly useful, it is so easy to end up a hostage to counting calories. I know for me, personally, a lot of my day was spent figuring out what fit into my day and what didn’t. Another part of my day was spent worrying about whether or not my goal was set correctly. It is emotionally draining and mentally exhausting.

 

I lost a lot of weight counting calories. I won’t deny that. But then I gained a lot. And then I had trouble losing it again.

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I learned a lot about counting calories throughout the years.

  1. Calorie counting can be useful
    Calorie counting is a great tool to use when you are first starting your weight loss or fitness journey. Calorie counting for a month can really teach you a lot about what foods are worth snacking on and what foods are best left for “every-so-often” snacks. Calorie counting can open your eyes to how many calories are in some of your favorite foods and it can show you what you may need to moderate.
  2. Calorie counting can cause problems
    Calorie counting opens your eyes to how many calories are in food which can, for some, make eating more stressful than helpful. It also is very hard to do long term. Are you going to log into an app every day of your life? If you find yourself in a position like I was, spending a lot of time obsessing over what would fit and what wouldn’t fit, counting calories may not be the best thing for you long-term. Many people I know have become obsessed with counting calories. So much that a day they go “over” can ruin their day. Even if it’s only 50-100 calories over! That’s not a healthy way to live your life. The extra stress isn’t any less healthy for you than an extra couple of pounds.
  3. Calorie counting is confusing
    The more weight you lose, the more your calorie goals change. You may be told to eat more or less than you currently were. Either change can make weight loss confusing. Calories in vs. calories out, they say, but it is much easier said than done. Once you lose a certain amount of weight after eating at a certain deficit, your progress stalls and your calorie goals must chance and that can cause a lot of anxiety for people. I was progressing and now the scale isn’t moving or even creeping back up: I must be a failure. Not an uncommon thought. But you are NOT a failure.

 

 

 

That’s great, Carrie, but how did you STOP? Quitting calorie counting is hard. Especially when it is something you’ve done for a long time. In my case, I was quitting a 4 year habit. You think you’re going to end up where you started. You may feel like you’re not in control of anything anymore. It easy, but, let me tell you something: it was SO worth it! It may seem daunting at first, but here are the 4 things that really helped me stop counting calories.

  1. Delete (or modify) your app
    I relied heavily on a calorie counting app and, while I didn’t delete it, I use it for the community support and for the recipe builder (so I can share nutrition content with others). If you find that you can’t go into the app without logging, just delete it.
  2. Use common sense with your food choices
    Go back to the basics! The food pyramid is a great resource. Fill your plate mostly with veggies, then protein, then starch. If you can choose between and apple and chips, choose the apple. If you really want the chips, eat the chips but choose an apple for the rest of the week. It sounds super simple because it is! Eat nutritious food all the time and junk food in moderation.
  3. Eat mindfully
    This can take some practice after using calories to tell you when to stop, but rely on your body to tell you when you’re full and when you’re not. Before you snack, think about what you’re craving and think about why. Could you eat some carrots and be satiated? If not, you’re probably not really as hungry as you think. Make sure your snacking isn’t mindless.
  4. Enjoy yourself
    It is 100% ok to go out and enjoy yourself every once in awhile. You don’t always have to get salads or chicken when you go out to eat and you don’t have to only hit up the veggie trays at Superbowl parties. Every once in awhile, it’s ok to indulge and you shouldn’t feel bad about it!

See that picture at the top? I was counting calories in all of those photos, except for 2- the first one and the last one. The first one was before I decided to change my life and the last one was a month ago.  The photo in 2011- I weighed 115 pounds. I was following my calorie plan. But I quickly gained back a lot of that weight because it wasn’t sustainable for me. After I gained back weight in 2012, there doesn’t look like much of a difference in weight for the rest of the photos. Even when I stopped counting calories, I didn’t back track. You don’t have to be scared of what might happen if you stop counting calories.

What will happen, however, is you will feel less stressed and more confident about yourself. You don’t need to rely on an app to help you lose weight. You can use what you learned from those apps to help you live a healthy lifestyle, but you do not need to rely on them to continue that lifestyle. That part is something you can do on your own!

 


5 Exercises to Work Your Legs! Fitness

Everyone loves new workouts!

On Monday, I worked biceps. I’ll make sure to go into more detail about my bicep exercises another day. I don’t have very prominent bicep peaks and, while peaks are genetic, I’m trying to improve them the best I can!

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Yesterday was a busy day! I started out at the gym, per usual. I worked legs (my favorite day!) and was able to increase my squat and deadlift weight (yay!). When making up a routine in the gym, I make sure to work things that I know will not just look good (ie. the booty) but also things that will help me in other areas. Sure my hamstrings will look good, but strengthening my glutes and hammies will also help me when I run. I have an IT band issue and strengthening my glutes is one of the best ways to help heal that and keep it from being a consistent bother when I run.

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In order to get a good workout in in a good amount of time, I added a super set to the end of my workout to make sure my heart rate stayed up! It’s easy to get stuck sometimes at the gym. Sometimes you just kind of look around thinking “What do I do next?”

Well, here’s a workout to put in the holster for next time! There are 5 exercises to work your legs and these are the exercises I do, for the most part.  I’ve really seen a difference in building my glutes, quads, and hamstrings doing these exercises!

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What are your favorite leg exercises?

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Disclaimer: I am not and I do not claim to be a licensed personal trainer. All exercises suggested are exercises I have performed myself and I recommend based on opinion.  Please consult a physician before attempting any exercise you have not done before or are not comfortable with. Perform exercises at your own risk.


10 Things Healthy People Do Fitness

Sometimes, we look at people who are fit and think “I will never be able to live like they do!” There are a lot of misconceptions about fitness lifestyles as well. Eat clean. Do Crossfit. Do cardio. Ever wonder what the keys to staying healthy and on track are? They’re simpler than you think!

10. Plan ahead

Food prep, out-of-town gym trips, weekend hikes- planning ahead is crucial when sticking to a fitness regimen. Even the most basic healthy concepts involve planning ahead. If you know you’re going out on the weekend, don’t over indulge during the week. Balance is key!

9. Make time

Lie doesn’t always give us an hour a day at the perfect time for exercise. We don’t always have enough time to prep a weeks worth of dinners at one time. When you make health a priority, you make time to do these things. Do people love waking up before dark to exercise or cook their food for the day? Most people would say no. But it has such a great return that it’s worth it! You have to MAKE time, sometimes.

8. Sleep more

Good rest is crucial to good health. Your body cannot run on 5 hours of sleep a night. Over time, it will tire. You need to fuel your body properly and part of that is sleeping enough. Don’t skip out on the Zzz’s!

7. Exercise

This is a given. Healthy people exercise. Whether it’s walks in the park or marathons, exercise is key to good health.

6. Stay focused

It’s easy to get off track. Sometimes it’s even a little bit necessary. But living a healthy lifestyle is easier when you have a goal and stay focused on it. You owe it to yourself and to your body to be and stay healthy!

5. Make wise food choices

Notice I didn’t say “eat clean” or “eat healthy food?” I said make WISE choices. A burger and fries is not going to be the bane of your healthy existence. Every day burger and fries will. Be smart. If you can sub chicken for ground beef, go for it! But if you’re really craving a burger, then get one. Just make sure you have something wholesome at your next meal. You don’t have to restrict yourself to “clean” foods. Just be strategic and smart about it. For example: you have a party to go to. You know there will be pizza and beer and wings and everything that is good in the world. Instead of stressing about what you can/cant have, have nutritious and wholesome food for breakfast and lunch and enjoy yourself at the party. Eat until you’re not hungry and move along.

4.Stay active

“Isn’t this the same as exercise?” No. Staying active involves incorporating activity into daily life. Park at the back of the parking lot. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. All the things you hear a thousand times? You hear them because it’s true. A healthy lifestyle is a lifestyle. Not an hour a day in the gym and meals.

3. Drink water

Sodas and juices taste great, but water is the king of all drinks. Not only does it keep you hydrated, drinking water can often help regulate water weight gain. A good rule of thumb: drink half your body weight in ounces each day (ie. a 150 lb person would drink 75 oz of water a day).

2. Don’t compare

You are different than everyone else. And that is a good thing. You cannot compare yourself to anyone but yourself. You are only trying to be better than who you were last week, last month, last year. Other people’s progress has no impact on the progress you can make. Like I said before, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

1. Stay positive

Some days are most definitely better than others. Want to know how to stay in a healthy mindset? Start over fresh every day. Yesterdays workout, lack of workout, bad diet, whatever it is, happened yesterday and has nothing to do with today. The sooner you realize that each day is a fresh start, the easier it will be to stay focused and healthy. Everyday won’t be perfect, but being able to see a silver lining or make something good out of the bad days will improve your mental health dramatically. Believe it or not, mental health can have an impact on physical health. Be positive and your body will thank you for it.

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