How I’m Jump Starting My Health

Prioritizing your health only happens when you’re ready. I mean, really ready. I’ve started, and quickly ended, many diets, workouts, and routines because I was never really ready to begin them in the first place. I finally feel ready. I know this is a lifestyle adjustment, and ultimately I’ve narrowed it down to three things I must do to be successful: meal plan, start small & have accountability. 

Meal Planning

I believe the saying “abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym”. I know that 90% of my “weight problem” is caused by poor eating habits, not lack of exercise. But with work, a one year old, and a life (kind of…), a home cooked meal is sometimes hard to come by. Plus, I’m a social eater. I like to meet my friends for dinner & drinks or brunch. I love eating out with my coworkers and catching up on life outside the office. Eating out isn’t always about the food, it’s about the company.

But I know to be successful at my weight loss goals, I need to start making my meals. I love that my Day Designer has on its Sunday page a section for “Next Week” with a little box for each day of the upcoming week. In here, I put our dinner plans for the week which ultimately dictates our shopping list.

I’ve found that by taking the 15 minutes to not just think about what you can make, but how meal prep will fit into your day (do you have 15 minutes to prep or an hour when you get home?) can make a HUGE difference.

This week, because we’re just getting started, is pretty low key.

Chobani flips for breakfast. If you haven’t had them, I highly recommend! Plus, Chobani just launched some news flavors I’m dying to try: “S’more S’mores” & “Cinnabun Fun“!!

Lean Cuisine for lunch. Lame for sure, but it’s easy & mindless with zero preparation.

“Dump Meals” for dinner. Despite the unfortunate name, these are the BEST when you know you’ll have a crazy week. Since we just had 2 weeks away from the office, I know this week will likely be nuts as we get into the swing of things. For both Kyle & I.  To make it easy, I prepared, IN ADVANCE, 4 Crockpot meals: Cilantro Lime Chicken, Asian Pork (recipe not online…yet!), Honey Garlic Chicken, and Thai Chicken Curry.

All these meals are healthy, in budget, and filling. I also stocked the fridge with fresh fruit to snack on throughout the day.

Preparing for the week ahead is a crucial step for a successful week.

Start Small 

On the workout front, I went back & forth about what to do. Should I join the gym? Should I start going to yoga or back to Pure Barre?

I decided to start the Bikini Body Guide by Kaya Itsines. It’s a 12 week program, with a few weeks of Pre-Training I did this December that takes about 30-45 minutes each day. All the workouts can be done at home so there’s really no excuse for not getting a workout in.

While the full price of BBG is pretty expensive ($50+!!) there are tons of workouts posted to Pinterest you can follow along on your own.

I have had several friends you either did the program or are currently doing it, and have all had great things to say about it. I know that with consistency and better eating habits, I’m sure I will see a difference!

Any one reading this doing BBG??? I’d love to hear your thoughts & follow your journey!

Accountability

I’ve struggled with accountability, like many of you out there, for so many reasons. Life gets in the way. It’s embarrassing to put yourself out there  – what if you fail?? – and uncomfortable to show yourself in a vulnerable state. Over the past few months I’ve been working on building my confidence to just put myself out there. Be who I want to be. Write what I want to write. In one of the books I just started (thanks to my husband for a great Christmas gift) called “Today Will be Different” there’s a passage that really resonated with me:

“I don’t mean to ruin the ending for you, sweet child, but life is one long headwind. To make any kind of impact requires self-will bordering on madness. The world will be hostile, it will be suspicious of your intent, it will misinterpret you, it will inject you with doubt, it will flatter you into self-sabotage….But you have a vision. You put a frame around it. You sign your name anyway. That’s the risk. That’s the leap. That’s the madness: thinking anyone’s going to care.” 

Did I mention, this was a great book???

I’m going to blog. I’m going to post my progress, or lack there of, on my Instagram (and maybe I can figure out the whole Instagram stories while I’m at it???). I’m going to post recipes & workouts on my Pinterest.

Will you all care?  Will you misinterpret me? Will you be suspicious of my intent?

I’m taking the risk. Taking the leap. It’s a new year and a new day, and I’m excited for you all to follow along!

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  • Y’know, I keep telling myself this will be the year that I start meal planning, too. After that initial work up front, it just seems to make life (and healthier eating choices) so much simpler. And especially after this past weekend’s donut binge, I could stand to adopt some healthier habits! Great tips! 🙂

  • Hey that is great that you are ready to jump start your health. I would advise against lean quisins and opt for homemade lunches that you can prep on the week. I know it is easier to ear frozen meals but it is way better to eat fresh.

  • Baby steps and accountability are definitely keys for getting your health in check. It is far too overwhelming to change everything at once and then you end up giving up.

  • A crockpot will do a lot of good for healthy meal planning. I’m not sure if Lean Cuisines are actually that healthy, but I could be wrong. The last time I checked, there were a lot of processed ingredients in the small meal. I lost about 50 pounds (over trial and error) and noticed that those meals did zero good for me. Good luck!

    • Yes, my goal is to not keep up with Lean Cuisine. It was really a last minute lack of preparation that did it for me! Hoping this weekend I can not only meal prep for dinners, but lunches too. Even if that means making enough for leftovers! Congrats on losing 50lbs, that’s awesome!!

    • Yes – I’ve tried this whole health/weight loss thing way too many times and I think it’s because I’ve always tried too much too quickly! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  • I have tried incorporating components of the BBG into my workout plan. For example, I do the ab/leg/arm workouts on MWF in a certain rotation, and then my cardio is between insanity cardio videos, running, etc. I try to switch things up as much as possible so that I’m not only doing one workout–but mixing up with different programs. I also have been focusing on meal planning and that has helped me SO MUCH with staying on track!

    • I love it! One of my good friends said she does the same thing. I’m going to try BBG for the 12 weeks (as best I can) and then probably keep some of the workouts but switch it up with others. Plus, by then it should hopefully be warmer outside which makes working out so much better!!!

  • I need a lot more exercise, but my problem is with food too. I am CONSTANTLY eating something- or if nothing else, I’m planning what I will eat soon. I want to get on a schedule, a plan, and achieve my food, health, and weight goals!

    • I hear ya on that! I am optimistic meal planning can help me keep my snacking in check & my last minute unhealthy dinners at bay. I plan to keep posting my meal plans to not only hold myself accountable but help encourage others as well so stick around!! I love the encouragement & know you can hit your health & weight goals, too!

  • So many great tips!! I”d love to check out Bikini Body Guide! My husband and I are really big on health and fitness in our household. Even pregnant, I’m still at the gym 5 days a week and go to a yoga class 1-2 times a week as well lol I don’t know what I’d do without my workouts! They’re so good for your mental and physical health.

    • Wow! When I was pregnant I was lucky to get in 1-2 workouts (I mostly walked once I hit 30 weeks). I really have enjoyed BBG – and my Pinterest link has some good workouts to get you started if you’re not ready to commit to buying into the program. It’s a great community of women though so I highly recommend (and it’s not an affiliate link ;))

  • Health is wealth and I am glad that you have already making small steps toward a healthy lifestyle. I hope you can make it this 2017. May all your goals be achieved at the end of the year. Work on it everyday and feel committed on it. You can do it!