The last couple of writings I have been talking about setting goals, being healthy, and eating right. It came to my realization that I never talked about my real motivation for this journey I am on. So, here it goes.
Do you ever get the feeling that you’re not motivated, no energy, and maybe just not really happy? Well, that is what happened to me. I find myself not being able to get out of bed in the morning, and very little energy and motivation to get through long day, so it seemed. I didn’t want to feel that way anymore and I had this little voice in my head day after day reminding me that I am going to the Dominican in a few months and would be needing to wear a swim suit soon! I decided that getting healthy, exercising, and getting in shape to wear a swim suit is all that I needed to get motivated.
One of the battles of getting motivated, is staying motivated. How do I do this? Well, I think of the big picture and what I really want, what am I striving for? What I really want, is to be in the best shape that I have been and wear a bikini in the Dominican… that’s right, I said bikini! To do this, I know I have to stay motivated and be committed. I also set a schedule and stick with it, as I have mentioned I work out in the morning because that is what fits my lifestyle best. Lastly, I joined a team through Beachbody to help me stay focused on my goal and to be accountable for what I eat and what exercising I do. Nothing more motivating than peers cheering you on and knowing you are not the only one in this boat. I will talk more about this team commitment in days to come in other posts.
Before I go, I would like to share a new clean eating lunch/dinner idea. So easy, cannot believe I did not think of this before.
Baked Chicken Salad
1 Chicken breast
Crumbled cooked turkey bacon
Cajun seasoning (better for you than salt, and it is SOOO good!)
Bake raw chicken breast sprinkled with Cajun in oven at 350 degrees for 30 min. Cut up and add to salad mixture with all other ingredients and eat!
Most people may think that working out and exercising is key to losing weight and getting healthy. That is not a false statement, but it certainly is not the most important. From what I have been learning throughout my journey so far of getting healthy, eating right is key. Don’t get me wrong, exercising does the body good, but eating right does the body even better, in my opinion. Our bodies are what we put in them.
Clean eating is a new term to me that was introduced when I started my program, it is simply a lifestyle, not a diet. It is being aware of the foods we are consuming, focusing more on fresh natural foods, and less focused on processed foods. When this was introduced to me, I thought I would never be able to commit to it, with a family to take care of and a job to attend to, was there really time and energy for this? To achieve my goal, I had to give it a try. To my amazement, it was much easier than expected, I feel healthier and more energized, and my family loves it!
Adapting to this lifestyle can be a challenge, but I will share here some successes I have found to be helpful.
1. PLAN. Plan out meals and snacks and create a grocery list.
2. EXPLORE. Use the internet. There are so many support groups, recipes, and ideas online, use them! This will make this process much easier and enjoyable. Pinterest is one of my favorites, there are so many ideas on there with pictures and offer a convenient way to save and track what you like.
3. DRINK WATER. Water is so important, not only is it good for you and flushes out your body, it will help subside the feeling of hunger, making you feel full. It is recommended to drink at least half your weight in ounces and shoot for a gallon a day.
4. ENJOY. Enjoy and embrace in the results. You will feel better, and you will have more energy!
5. BE WISE. Don’t stop living, going out to eat, or having a treat. Be smart about it. Pick your choices wisely.
Dessert is one of my weaknesses, through my clean eating journey; I have found a few great recipes to fight that craving. Here I share one of the simplest to prepare and you will not believe this is dessert! Give it a try!
Slice one banana.
Drizzle with honey.
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
I can honestly say, I have never set a New Year’s resolution. But, guess there is a first time for everything, right? This year I set my first resolution for myself to get healthy and stay committed to it. I am not in a position where I need to lose weight, but eating healthier and getting fit is different. Setting a resolution like this is a lifestyle change; it requires a commitment, schedule change, and different eating habits. Ironically, my friend, whom is a coach for Beachbody, posted a challenge on Facebook to get healthy in 21 days! I thought to myself, what a great opportunity for me to get started and committed to my new healthy living lifestyle. I signed up, and thought to myself; in order to be successful at this, I need to make this a promise to myself, and be accountable for my decisions. A commitment like this does not only requires dedication, it requires a lifestyle change, I made the following decisions to make this work: I committed to working out in the morning (I am not a morning person, but with school and kids, if I wanted to do this, I had no other choice), I needed to become consistent with meal planning and making the right food selections and controlling the portions, and lastly I needed to seek to my family for support. Setting these goals and commitments allowed me to start my fitness journey and start the New Year out right!
It has been 2 ½ weeks since I have started the 21 day program, and am amazed with how I am feeling! My first concern with this goal was actually committing to getting out of bed in the morning. I am not going to lie, it is tough! I have not missed one day of working out, and once I finish, I feel great! Since I have started, I feel better, I am in a better mood, which makes my family in a better mood (moods are contagious), and I am seeing results (best motivator of all, but it takes TIME and Dedication!
Losing weight and getting healthy are very common resolutions and goals set by many, but committing must be a goal in itself. Planning is also key, set times for the workouts, make grocery lists, and prepare your meals and snacks ahead of time. Time is a precious thing to everyone, but having commitment will allow you to MAKE time. I am not writing to make a sales pitch, I am writing to share my journey and encourage others they can make their New Year’s resolution a reality too. I have small children, a full-time job, and going to school; if I can do it, so can you! Let’s DO this!