Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Yesterday was Meghan’s birthday so we had a fun FaceTime session to celebrate virtually. I missed being there to celebrate with her.
I wanted to share some tips to be more healthy, as it’s been a big focus of mine lately. I’ve always been relatively healthy, but I’ve become more aware of my health in the past six months and I’ve never looked or felt better! So here are some of the things that have worked for me:
1. Drink lemon water as soon as you wake up: Your body needs hydration after (hopefully) 8 hours of sleep. Lemon water is also linked to weight loss as it awakens your metabolism. I have a big glass with two lemon slices as soon as I finish my workout (before my coffee).
2. Wear a fitness tracker: There’s something about tracking my steps, heart rate, sleep and calories that make me more responsible and aware of my health and fitness. Before I wore one I had no idea how little I walked during the week (I sit at a desk all day). I wear the Garmin Vivofit 2 that syncs with my heart rate monitor and it beeps when I’ve been sitting too long. Having this reminder during a busy day is key. I try to take two walks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, which also makes me more productive. What a difference these walks have made!
3. Closely monitor your sugar intake: This is a big one for me. I’ve always been conscious of calories, making sure I’m taking in less or the same amount of calories that I burn in a day. What I wasn’t aware of before was the amount of sugar in some of my lowfat/lowcalorie foods. I’ve recently learned the importance of scanning nutrition labels for sugars, paying close attention to the first 3-5 ingredients to make sure there are no mentions of sugars. The hard part is that sugars have many names these days, so you can’t just look for the word sugar on your nutrition label. Look for things like high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, fructose, and agave. Let’s just say my pantry has changed quite a bit since I’ve starting scanning for these ingredients.
4. Make easy changes: Try going sans cheese on that Chipotle order or making the switch from sugary coffee creamers to unsweetened almond milk or skim milk in your coffee. It’s crazy how quickly your body gets used to not having these “extras.” I recently made the switch from coffee creamer to unsweetened almond milk. I forgot to bring my almond milk one day to work and needed coffee. I put just a bit of creamer in, and couldn’t stand the taste of the creamer. It is really crazy how quickly your body adjusts and you don’t miss those things that once seemed like a necessity.
5. Build a time to work out into your schedule: Working out has to be a priority and it should be put on the top of the to-do list. Make sure to find a time that works for you in your day and build it in to your schedule just like you would a meeting at work or a doctors appointment. For me I like to knock it out right when I wake up in the morning, so I’ve set an appointment with myself for 5:30am every morning. I’m not going to tell you it’s easy to get out of bed that early, especially to workout. It does make it easier when I tell myself that I can’t miss it, just like I can’t miss that call with my client later in the day.
I hope these tips are helpful and have gotten you thinking about how you can incorporate some of these into your life. Let’s go kick some butt this week!
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