By Angela Kraber
Set A Defined Goal, And Be Realistic Just saying you want to lose weight, or get healthy, isn’t a set enough plan. You need an actual goal that you can measure, and put time on it. You have to define what that looks like for you. And be realistic. You aren’t on the Biggest Loser, so saying you want to lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks is out of the question.
2. Stay Hydrated You should feel like you are constantly drinking water! Dehydration can sometimes be confused as hunger, so get at least 8 glasses of water a day to help curb your appetite.
3. Eat Clean As adults, you should be aware of what is and isn’t healthy for you. A good rule of thumb: if it doesn’t come from the earth or an animal, stay away! Stick to foods in their most natural form.
4. Plan Your Meals Life is crazy and hectic. Add a few kids, a household, a career and you just might go insane. We make our worst eating choices when we have little or no choice. Plan out your meals for the week, including snacks, and you have one less thing to worry about.
5. Get Sleep Your body needs 8 hours a sleep a night. Yes. Don’t laugh. Hormones are released that aid in weight loss only during your REM sleep pattern. Being well rested is more important than alone time late at night watching the “Real Housewives.” You will thank me, I promise.
6. Make More Good Choices Than Bad Let’s be honest, nobody’s perfect. And I am sure anyone that has tried a strict diet of cutting out all carbs, or all sugar usually leads you to a binge-eating session, and a ton of guilt. Decide what treat you want to have, allow yourself an indulgence every now and then. And when you do, savor every bite. That way you truly enjoy what you are having, instead of downing it and being left with the guilt.
7. Find A Buddy Accountability is key to staying on a healthy path, and sticking to a fitness routine. Find a friend that is excited to work out too, and make a pact you will encourage each other!
8. Be An Inspiration Put it out there for everyone to know that you are making changes to your health and fitness. People want inspiration; they want to see success happen. Knowing they are counting on you helps you stick with it.
9. Take A Day Off You can’t be on all the time. You need a day off. Rest, eat something naughty, and stare at the TV. Sometimes knowing that you have that luxury on the weekend helps you hold out during the week.
10. Focus On Making A Lifestyle Change, Not Just Weight Change You are changing habits for your health, for the rest of your life. Things will happen, you will miss a workout; you will eat something terrible for you. The important thing to keep in mind, is that you are always just one workout, one healthy meal, or one good night sleep away from being right back on track. Don’t beat yourself up. That’s what got you here in the first place.