Cheat Days

People couldn’t be more wrong when they say, “Well its easy for you, you’re in good shape.”
UM excuse you, it is not easy. I love junk food, wining and dining, and everything else that involves packing on the pounds. I am human, just the same as you.

When I was younger, I could eat pretty much anything I wanted and was able to stay slim. Food never made me feel bad either, I could eat a burger and go rollerblading 10 minutes later. Now I would feel sick.

When I hit my 20’s, my body changed and all of those calories stuck to me like glue. I could look at a donut and my butt grew a size. My flat tummy started to bloat and my upper body got “wide”. I needed to shape up because I no longer felt like myself. I eventually I figured out what worked for me and made it happen.

Don’t believe me?

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It took a while to get through that. And a lot of hard work.Β But even still…….

Every once in a while, I hit a couple of days (or even a week)Β where I fall off the wagon. Maybe I have a birthday party to go to, dinner plans back to back, holiday festivities, a vacation, or just pure laziness and binge eating. Hey, it happens to the best of us!

*No judgement zone.*

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The key is to realize what you are doing wrong sooner rather than later. You won’t see much of a difference while you are making the bad choices…it’s usually a few days after when your energy levels drop or you notice something a little different in the mirror. Unfortunately, the consequences aren’t worth the temporary satisfaction. It requiresΒ a lot more effort to take off a little extra around the waist than it does to put it on….and its not nearly as fun! Have your “cheat meals” and “date nights”. Go out with friends and live your life…you deserve it!! Just choose your days wisely, and “slack” in moderation. Don’t turn a cheat day into a cheat week!

What do I do when I find myself straying from my healthy lifestyle? I would be happy to share some advice:

*Drink tons of water.

*Eat a very healthy breakfast to start each day off right; take your daily vitamins.

*Start logging your calories in a journal, or on an app. One app that I have recently found to be extremely user friendly is β€œMy Fitness Pal”. Logging your food intake for a few weeks just helps you stay aware of what you are actually eating. You will be surprised what a pointless bite here and there does to your calorie intake.

Here are some other useful health apps.

*Eat “backwards”. Have a nice, healthy breakfast each morning. For the remainder of the day, try to eat “backwards” or “European-ish”. What I mean by this is eat a heartyΒ lunch, a few snacks in between, and aΒ light dinner. I try not to carb load before bed! Opt for protein and veggies.

*Have your last meal 12 hours before breakfast the following day. Allow your body time to reset. For example: If eat breakfastΒ at 8 am, have your last meal before 8 pm the evening before.

These are just a few tricks that work for me to quickly get myself back on track! I love living my healthy lifestyle, but I am far from perfect. I hope you can find something useful here, and please share you own tips! Always looking to add to the list. πŸ™‚

Ignite the FIRE inside!

When I was a kid, my family would get together with neighbors and host bonfires in our backyard. We would sit around the fire, watching the blazing flames; keeping our hands near for warmth in the cool weather. We would stir the coals in order to spark the blaze. Periodically, we would have to throw some paper or a few pieces of wood into the pit to reignite the flames, or the fire would go out. Have your ever had an experience like this?

When I am chatting to someone how important it is to keep your metabolism up to speed, I can’t find a better way to explain how it works than comparing it to a fire. Think of your metabolism as a fire pit. If you keep throwing fuel into the fire, it IGNITES! If you leave the fire alone, eventually it dies down and cools completely. Your body is the same! Your body wants to be fueled all day long. When you are getting the proper nutrition, you will start burning off the fat and using carbohydrates as energy. If you only fuel your body every once in a while, your body goes into hoard mode. It is going to hang on to those carbs for future fuel and energy, not knowing when it will be fed next.

Don’t let your fire die!

Hands down, one of the most difficult things to do is eat every 2 1/2- 3 hours. It just IS. It just does’t seem possible to do this every day! We all have a life, a job, and many other things that get into the way of our healthy eating habits. Half the time, we feel hunger pangs that make us cranky before we even get a chance to have a Β snack or a meal. Yet, pretty much everything you have heard or read about speeding up your metabolism suggests that you eat ALL DAY LONG.

Set yourself up for success!!

You already know that is can be hard to find the time to eat when you are busy with life.

Make it easy; plan out your day. Get your hands on some healthy meal replacement bars or shakes if you are in a bind and always keep them on hand. Prepare a few healthy snacks for the week and load up your fridge so you can just grab n’ go. It may take a few extra minutes to prepare yourself for the day, but it is well worth it.

Practice makes perfect!

Once you get used to doing this, it becomes a breeze. Just as you have your other daily rituals, preparing your daily fuel ahead of time with be habitual. Give yourself a chance to change. Stick through the small annoyances in order to steer your days in a healthy direction.

At first, it may be easy to forget to eat because your body is still not burning fat and sending you hunger signals. Overtime, it will recognize your new and improved eating pattern and pick up the pace. It will turn back into the fat burning machine it was meant to be! You won’t even have to set alarms and write your self reminder post-it’s to eat every few hours; your body will tell you!

Hang in there. practice makes perfect. Boy scouts work really hard to acquire that badge when they finally learn how to spark that fire. Take my advice, make a plan. Schedule your meals and snacks.

If you need ideas or healthy suggestions, i’m here for you! please flood my wall with questions. I would love nothing more than to help you ignite the fire inside!