Five Tips To Help You Stick To Your Fitness Goals
Hey Ladies! Today I’m sharing my week 4 Jamaica Diet progress photo, and five tips to help you stick to your fitness goals. This morning we are leaving for Jamaica (eek so exciting!) and for the first time since having George, I will be wearing a bikini without constantly covering my body! Yes I have stretch marks and I’m nowhere near perfect, but I feel confident in my body and that has been the goal all along.
So here are five tips that help me stick to my goals,
1. Find healthy meals that you really like and eat them all the time. After all, the best diet is the
one that works for YOU. For me this is my chicken/veggie/salsa/guac burrito bowls, and for my
sister this is a buffalo chicken salad that she makes at home with yogurt ranch and shredded
cheddar. If you have something to look forward to at lunchtime you are much less likely to be
tempted to get that burrito or piece of pizza off the food truck (Geordie calls it the Roach Coach) at lunch.
2. Find healthy beverages you like and drink those. This is kind of a play on #1 but the same idea
holds true for beverages. One of the main diet pitfalls these days is drinking sugary beverages… I’m
talking all those sugary fraps, margaritas, and even juices that are pretending to be healthy but have
as much sugar as a candy bar. If you normally have a tall latte with caramel syrup, try a skim milk latte
with stevia instead. And the same holds true with cocktails, if you typically order a sugary drink find a
lower calorie option and stick to it. My new go-to is vodka, soda water, and lots of lime. Now I understand
if you’re at a beer festival and have no other options (like I was last weekend!), just say YOLO and try not
to eat the pizza and the pretzels that are most likely staring you in the face! Another thing I try If I’m
going out for a long night, (think dinner, and a night of drinking)… I order one of what I really want (usually some
sort of specialty margarita) and then for the rest of the night I stick to light beverages.
3. Walk. I don’t know why we don’t place more emphasis on this but it is astounding what walking
can do for fat loss. In fact, walking is the only exercise I did to lose the 60+ pounds of weight I lost
in 8 months after I had George (which is another post for another day.) If you feel like you don’t have time to exercise, get
a Fitbit or pedometer (I have this one from Amazon only $20) and just walk everywhere. Even if you just
take a quick 5 minutes here and there you are doing wonders for not only your heart health but also your
waist line. When George was an infant I plopped him in his stroller almost every day when I got home
from work and tried to go for some sort of walk (anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.) Now that’s he’s
older he gets bored easier, so we don’t go on nearly as many walks, but I miss those days of fresh air with
my little nugget. On Saturday and Sundays we would always wake up earlier than Geordie and walk to
my favorite coffee shop (about a mile and a half away) for an almond milk latte. And boom! My exercise was
done before breakfast.
4. Find an accountability partner. If your roommate or partner is eating pizza and Taco Bell every
night when you’re on the chicken breast/broccoli train it is going to be so much harder to stick to your
goals. Of course it’s not fair to ask them to go on a diet just because you are, but you should certainly
have the conversation with them about what your goals are (and to please not offer you pizza/wine
while watching the Bachelor.) One thing I admire about Geordie is that he is willing to
accommodate my healthy eating. I realized this other night when we were at my moms and he
commented that what she made was so much better than the quinoa, chicken, and broccoli we had
been eating and I immediately felt bad. However, we are both working to eat healthier in our house, and instill healthy eating (with treats here and there) habits in George.
5. Make customizable meals. This goes hand in hand with #4. If you’re the cook in your house and
your husband/partner isn’t on a diet, make meals that you can customize to both of you. For instance,
this week I made a gargantuan crock pot of chicken breasts seasoned with onions, garlic, salt, and
pepper. While I’m typically eating it with a side of broccoli (or some other iteration of those steamers
brand veggies), Geordie might be eating it with barbecue sauce on rice, or tossed up in a burrito. It’s all
about flexibility here. I also highly recommend checking out the Skinny Taste website, as she has
thousands of comfort recipes made healthy.
And because I said I would share my Jamaica Diet progress, here we go!!
I am finally starting to see some definition in my abdominal area, and for the first time in my life I have some definition in my biceps and triceps! I plan on posting more about my workouts in another post (you can see more about my diet here.) However, I will say that I’ve been lifting heavy for the past few weeks, doing little cardio (like maybe 2-3 times a week for 2o-30 mins), and I’m seeing results much quicker than I thought possible. I also like that for the first time in my life the goal isn’t to be get skinny. My focus is to be fit and to gain muscle, and that feels really good. Oh, and I have to mention, Geordie has been telling m to lift weights for years, and this has finally caught on!
Hope you have a great day!