Life

Work It!

Most people have excuses as to why they can’t clean up their diet. “I’m too busy to eat healthy.” and “It takes too much time to make fresh food.” or “My kids hate veggies.” are some of the excuses that I’ve heard. 

Now, I am by no means a healthcare professional, but I do know what works! 

I’ve been an athlete my entire life. By age 9 I was 5’7″ and started playing basketball. By middle school I started working out with a trainer. I was always a perfect size 14. Size 14!? That’s pretty big!!! Not when you’re fit. I weighed 185 pounds until I was diagnosed with Crohn’s my sophomore year of college. (The Dr. put me on steroids, and I ballooned to 250 pounds within 6 months.) I quickly, with my Mom’s help, found out what triggered my flare ups and got off the steroids, and lost the excess weight. 

Losing weight can be difficult for some people. I understand that. BUT if you’re willing to make simple lifestyle changes, and be consistent, then losing weight isn’t hard at all. 

My first tip is to take baby steps. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your weight loss won’t happen in a day either. Make simple changes. Start by eating the proper portion sizes. You’d be completely astounded by how much excess we eat in a day. Get a set of measuring spoons, measuring cups, and a food scale to make sure you have the right portion sizes.

Next tip is to drink filtered (by reverse osmosis or distillation) water. Take your weight and divide it by 2/3 and that is the amount in ounces that you need every single day. This is where a scale will help you. And lying to yourself about how much you actually weigh is crutial to weightloss. Also, if you exercise and sweat a lot, then you’ll need to deink more water. Water helps flush your system, and helps your organs function properly. So drink up!

My next two tips are to eat several small meals throughout the day, and eat only protein after 7PM. Eating several small meals will help to rev up your metabolism and help to continually brun calories all day. When you eat, your body pairs protein with carbs to function properly. If you eat only protein later in the day your body will pull the carbs from your fat stores instead of pairing them with new carbs you’re eating. (I got this info from a nutritionist who did tons of reserach.)

My last tip for today is to start slow with working out. If you want to be able to walk for an hour straight start by walking as fast as you can for a few blocks. Slowly keep adding more and more distance until you reach your goal. If your goal is to run a marathon start slow. Run to the corner. Or, if you live on thecorner, start where you are and go as far as you can. Just start slow. There is the Couch to 5k training plan, and a ton of beginner running plans out there. Pinterest and the internet are great resources for body weight workouts. Just type in body weight workout and watch the magic happen. As always start slow. If you can’t do a regular pushup do a “girl” pushup or do your oushups on the wall. You can always modify an exercise then work your way up to the traditional ways to do the exercises, and then add weights

I hope this helps Y’all to be motivated and get moving! 

Here’s a picture of River sleeping to make your day better!