Unrealistic expectations can be a total roadblock in achieving your goals. Avoid setting yourself up for what you may feel is failure. Begin managing your expectations and setting achievable and sensible goals. The foods you choose to eat in a day affect so many parts of your life, your energy level, body, skin, mood, the list goes on. If you are starting your day eating the wrong thing for you, you are doomed from the start.
Be realistic about eating and also about your fitness routine. If you are adding a new diet and new exercise routine to your already busy schedule, something will have to give. Try making comfortable changes in your schedule throughout your day. Allow for flexibility to get to the gym, or meet with your trainer. Plan your menu and shop on Saturday. Plan to enjoy time in the kitchen on Sunday preparing easy and healthy meals for your week. Cut down on prep time by purchasing pre-chopped/sliced veggies and fruits. When you decide to take on a new nutrition or fitness plan, consider giving yourself some slack to make changes comfortably. Alter your schedule, cancel a few unnecessary meetings, lunches and play dates, look closely at what you do in a day and allow time for you.
Ease into things, there’s no rush here. You are ready to get moving and that attitude is very important to your success. Give yourself a pat on the back for making the decision to change your eating and/or your fitness routine and then do what feels right to you. What works for your friend may not be for you, and that’s ok! Take a look at your goals and make subtle changes, add things instead of taking away, this will push out the bad and bring in the good. Remember, you need to like it to sustain it. The reality is that you may need to try a few new recipes before you find things that are good for you and that you like. You may hate Quinoa and despise Kale, take time to find similar things that you enjoy. The same goes for a workout, your trainer should be working with you doing what you enjoy, what makes you feel energized to help you get fit, let him/her know what makes you feel motivated and ask for more of it! Most importantly, take your time and figure out what feels good and tastes good and what works for you personally.
Add Green tea and drink your water. This is a simple addition to your routine and it will fill you up, give you increased energy and simply make your life better. In being realistic about your eating and fitness plan, know that you need to hydrate and you must nourish yourself. These are two easy things to add that will help you make a positive change.
Count on your Health Coach and Personal Trainer for professional guidance and support, you are not alone, don’t judge yourself during this process, you are only human, hick-ups happen, do your best and be confident in the fact that if you take this one day at a time and manage your expectations, you will achieve your goals and you will feel and look better because of it! Take a breath now. Relax and care about yourself. Be realistic about the changes you want to occur.
Remember that you want to be “well”, that means a lifetime of good health and energy, not just fitting into your swimsuit this summer. In order to sustain wellness, you’ll need to be realistic and develop an exercise and nutrition plan that is just for you, one that is consistent with what you do and who you are. Get to it!
New day, new week, consider cleaning out your pantry and getting a fresh food start.
Are your cabinets filled with a mix of good for you healthy foods and those unhealthy things that leave you asking why you bought them in the first place? Take a little time and sort through your pantry as you would your closet, getting rid of the bad and keeping the good, making room for some new and healthy items. You’ll be glad you did.
Trash the sweets, refined cereals and breads. Replace with the good stuff, organic, high-fiber, natural. Try to remind yourself to avoid packaging in general and fill up your fridge with fresh fruits and veggies. Rid yourself once and for all of high sodium canned goods, and if you don’t have them already, load up on antioxidant filled green teas. Check out all that new space in the pantry and imagine your body feeling and looking as great as your revitalized pantry! Yeah!