After seeing a handful of posts from a few Facebook groups this morning, I noticed I kept seeing the same questions asked regarding healthy eating and working out. From the few posts I read today, I can sum it all up by saying that people don’t want to prepare healthy meals (and/or doesn’t know how or what to make) and people don’t like working out. To resolve this, I have come up with some simple answers to complex questions. An important thing to remember is living a healthy lifestyle really boils down to your mindset. The questions outlined below really aren’t that complex. I think people have these two questions so often because they just don’t know where or how to begin which can feel very overwhelming. I know! I’ve been there. I still visit from time to time. ;)
A tip from me:
Your desire to change needs to be bigger than your
dislike for putting effort into healthy meals and workoutsexcuses.
Living a healthy lifestyle does take effort. Anything worth doing does. If you want to climb up the corporate ladder in your profession you can’t take shortcuts. You have to put in the work. To do this, you show up to work on time every day and you rarely if ever call in to work sick. You put forth your best effort with every task put in front of you. You can’t expect to get a raise or promotion by doing the absolute bare minimum. And guess what? When you do work hard and put in the effort, it makes you feel good about yourself and then you begin to reap the rewards… a promotion, a raise, more respect and more responsibility. You can’t feel good about yourself if you skip work, call in sick constantly, show up late and do crappy work while you’re at it, right? The same thing applies to living a healthy lifestyle.
If you want to improve your life you have to do the things that promote the things that you want to improve! You can’t wish for it. You have to fuel your body with food it can use to help you get there. You have to move your body in ways that will help you get there. Sitting on the couch eating junk and not showing up for your workout is equivalent to not getting anywhere in your profession (because of lack of effort) and then you feel stuck. If you pursue your health goals as if you were trying to climb the corporate ladder, I can promise you results WILL come.
For example: I workout because it’s made such a huge difference in my life and helped me overcome depression. I always have that in the back of my mind and it continues to be my motivation every day. I don’t always enjoy eating healthy and I don’t always enjoy my workouts in the moment but I enjoy how it makes me feel overall.
So without further ado…
Simple Answers to Complex Questions
How can I prepare healthy meals for my family?
Keep it simple – especially in the beginning! Choose a meat (or protein), a starch/vegetable (or carb) and some fat (nuts, seeds, oils). There are several ways to prepare foods. Pinterest makes it SO easy to find any kind of recipe you could possibly want. Healthy meals don’t need to take any longer to prepare. The 21 Day Fix is a perfect example of that.
Well, I hate healthy food (it’s boring!), how can I make them more flavorful and interesting?
Play around with seasonings and spices!
What if I LOATHE working out?
Do it anyway! Believe it or not… most people don’t always love working out but they know their body needs it and they know it makes them feel better so they do it anyway. Some days you feel like working out, a lot of days you don’t. Well, that’s me anyway.
What if I hate every workout I try?
Two answers here: Either change your attitude OR keep trying new things! You don’t have to do a “workout program” in order to stay active. I focus on home workout programs here because that’s what works for me and what I’ve always done. If you aren’t a homebody like me try swimming, running, biking, skiing or play a sport like volleyball or soccer! Try different classes in the gym – there are SO many different types out there these days! You have to like something… it doesn’t mean you’ll always look forward to it every single day of your life but go with what works for you.
How come workouts never work for ME?
Assuming you don’t have any underlying health issues, it’s because you aren’t consistent. The only workout that will work for you, is the one you do consistently. You can’t meet your goal weight or improve your health by eating healthy once in a while. To make a difference, you have to make a change. You have to do things differently than you are now to get a different result. Results worth getting take time.
When living a healthy lifestyle, I really think it all boils down to these few things:
- Wanting it bad enough
- Knowing WHY you want it (improve your mood, weight loss, muscle gains, to be stronger, etc.)
- Finding activities you enjoy
- Having a good attitude! Don’t underestimate this one.
- Finding your own way! Your journey is different from everybody else’s. Don’t feel like you have to conform to a certain way of eating or certain type of exercise based on what’s “popular”.
- Being willing to research and learn
- Being willing to find and try new, healthy recipes
- Realizing you don’t have to be perfect and not beating yourself up when you aren’t!
- What you do should align with your personal goals (whether it’s lose weight, work towards a fitness model body, maintenance, etc.)
- It’s a marathon, not a sprint! Your journey doesn’t end when you reach your goal weight… if you revert back to how you were before you started that’s exactly where you’ll end up again. Keep going and keep growing.
- Non-scale victories! Don’t limit yourself to celebrating weight lost… celebrate ALL the positive things!
Okay so I guess that’s my tough love for today. The funny thing is that sometimes I write these things because it’s exactly the kick in the pants that I need! Then I just share with you in case you need it or feel like you could pass it on to somebody who could use it. (And I can always refer back to it as needed, hahaha)
The new year has just started and a TON of people have made goals or resolutions directly related to health and fitness. Most of those people will only last a few weeks before giving up. This is exactly why most gyms have incredible offers in January and make you sign up for a year at a time to get the great rates. It isn’t just to save you money on each month’s dues… it’s because they get the bulk of their business the first couple months of the year. Forcing people to sign contracts ensures that they’ll make money regardless if people stop coming to the gym or not. It IS a great deal… but only if you GO! So if you’ve made an investment in your health (gym membership or fitness program) I encourage you to stay the course and do the best you can. Your hard work will pay off.
Healthy living isn’t easy but it’s made a huge difference in the quality of my life. I write on this blog to share my thoughts because I want everyone to experience that for themselves. I hope you will take whatever it is you needed to hear, to heart, and if you’re good, please share with somebody who needs a kick in the pants to get them going. We can all use it from time to time.
Q. What is your biggest struggle when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle? How do you think you can overcome it?