I’ve been receiving so many workout and eating questions lately and know that fitness is on everyone’s mind now that bikini season is around the corner. I’ve been eating and working out pretty much the same way for almost 15 years now! I’m all about little (realistic) changes you can stick with for years to come and today I’m sharing 5 lifestyle tips for staying fit!
I’ve welcomed my thirties and have had two babies but I’m still not quite ready to retire my crop tops just yet. Health and fitness have always been something I’ve been passionate about and I love being able to share tips and inspo on here with you girls too. Everyone is different (and has different goals) but hopefully these tips I’m sharing today will resonate with you too! They’re things I make a conscious effort with doing every day, so let’s talk…
Pick and Choose Your Splurges
(Steer Clear of Processed and Fried Foods)
Seems like a no brainer right?! But I know it can be hard. I try my best to eat as clean as possible and to be completely honest, I very rarely eat fried food. Occasionally I will indulge in french fries or steal a nugget or two from my kids but other than that I can’t think of anything fried that I eat regularly. I always gravitate towards lean proteins like grilled chicken, shrimp or lean red meat (like filet mignon). It’s not because I don’t like the taste of fried food (hello!) but I just pick and choose my splurges and my splurges are usually saved for wine, cheese plates or really good desserts. Tap into what is REALLLLY worth your calories and try your best to pass on the rest.
Drink Lots of Water
This is something I have not always been the best at doing but started making it a priority the past few years. Staying hydrated is great for several different reasons but mainly because it will stop you from mistaking thirst for hunger. There were so many times I would eat something (consuming extra calories) when I wasn’t really hungry but thirsty. To make it easier I started infusing my water with lemons, cucumbers or oranges and it’s amazing how much more I drink.
Indulge Every Day (in moderation)
Yes, indulge every day! I’m a firm believer in satisfying cravings in moderation. If you completely deprive yourself of sweets you will just end up going overboard once you actually do have them again. I have something sweet every single day but I just TRY to keep it at 200 calories or less. In the afternoons I always start craving something sweet so I’ll have my second cup of coffee and a small Godiva chocolate. It doesn’t sound like much but it honestly does the trick every time. Now that bikini season is upon us, I’ve been trying my best not to have sweets after dinner but if I can’t hold out, I’ll usually have a YASSO greek yogurt ice cream bar or a small package of cookies (I’ll share some pics in a full post soon).
Even in Southern California where we have tons of healthy restaurant options, ordering out can be a challenge. Don’t be afraid to skip the cheese, ask for the sauce on the side or make any other request that will make your meal a little bit healthier. Also, don’t let your friends or family members make you feel bad for doing so. I’m not sure if this has happened to anyone else but my family is from the East Coast (where comfort food is a way of life) and there were yearsss where they would all give me an eye roll or joke at the way I would order. It was frustrating because I was trying to eat healthier and they gave me a hard time or tried to sabotage my healthy eating. So if you experience that too with your family or significant others, don’t give into it- you do you! Fast forward ten years and now they are alllll trying to make healthier eating habits. #JustSayin’ 😉
and last but not least….
Consistency is Key
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…consistency is key! I’ve never been big on cleanses, fasting or fad diets. It’s about making small healthy changes in different aspects of your life that you can stick with for the long haul. Eat healthy, workout, have wine! And enjoy life. It shouldn’t feel like your restricted. If you are trying some sort of program and it works for your body- great! Just make sure it feels like something you can stick with for the long haul. Put in that work and changes will happen! You didn’t gain 10 lbs overnight so you won’t lose it overnight either, but it will happen if you stick to it!
Hope this was helpful for you girls! I have several other daily tips – so let me know if you want to hear more!