Many people make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight. They may experience some initial success on their chosen weight loss plans but fall off the wagon for one reason or another. They may have become frustrated with craving foods that were off limits. Or life got too busy and they couldn’t stay on the plan. Maybe they just gave up and resigned themselves to being overweight.
A healthy life style means thinking for the long term, and that means creating a lifestyle change plan that works for you. This means looking at the big picture of your daily life, setting goals while living it out one day at a time. Diets are only a temporary solution to weight and health issues and inevitably don’t work unless ongoing lifestyle changes are made.
Making small but smarter food choices every day for a year is better than an extreme diet that lasts a short time. It may take longer to see results, but when they come they will be long term.
Small changes will create big results
After years (or decades) of sugar addiction and other unhealthy food choices, it’s going to take time to retrain yourself to choose healthier options and for the weight and inches to come off. This is where committing to a long term healthy lifestyle is preferable to just going on the latest diet. This will really pay off for you in the long run.
Make small changes daily. Find healthier substitutes for the foods that you crave. You might not think this will make a huge impact, but small changes over time will start to snowball. You may not even realize it yourself until someone comments on how great you look and wants to know how you did it!
Find a balanced food plan that works for you
Remember, different strokes for different folks. Find what works for you and then just do it. We all have different physical needs, budgets and possible food sensitivities. The goal of a healthy lifestyle is to eat a nutritionally balanced diet that’s right for you. For most people the basics are getting enough fruits, vegetables, health protein sources and healthy fats while removing most processed foods from the diet. If you have a chronic condition or autoimmune disorder, do the research on your condition so you know what’s okay for you to consume.
Take a long term approach
When you take a long term approach, weight loss will happen and your overall health will improve. Just give it time. In the meantime, if you find yourself on the scale constantly, you might want to hide it or just get it out of the house. Weigh yourself at the gym or when you go to the doctor. Little fluctuations on the scale can lead to discouragement and possibly a food binge.
Find exercise that works for you
Find an exercise program that works for your ability and lifestyle. For some this will mean Crossfit or the gym. For others, it will be a simple walk, yoga or at home exercise. Don’t compare yourself with other women around you. Just do what’s right for you, be consistent and the change will happen.
Track your lifestyle changes by taking measurements once a month and how your clothes are fitting. How are your energy levels? How does you skin look? These are all important milestones as you progress in your new approach to healthy living.
As I’ve mentioned previously, Trim Healthy Mama has been a good fit for me as an overall lifestyle change. I tried various low carb diets over the years but always got frustrated within weeks or months because I was craving things like oatmeal, sandwiches and beans. Trim Healthy Mama lets you choose from a wide variety of foods while controlling carbohydrates and I really do feel pretty satisfied with it. It’s truly become a sustainable lifestyle for me but I do have my occasional struggles.
Trim Healthy Mama on Amazon
Gentle Exercise Ideas
T-Tapp (I haven’t used it but have local friends who do and highly recommend it.)
Leslie Sansone – You can’t go wrong with her. I’ve always found her workouts to be very doable.
Healthy Moving – I’ve used and loved Jen Hoffman’s yoga membership for the past few years. She’s revamped her program to a coaching and challenge program that’s accessible to anyone, especially busy moms. Do check it out…it is affordable and you might be able to be reimbursed by your insurance company. Jennifer is really knowledgeable about body mechanics, and she is a Certified Personal Trainer-Restorative Exercise Specialist (CPT-RES), a Registered Yoga Teacher (eRYT-500) with Yoga Alliance, a certified Restorative Yoga Teacher, has also completed prenatal yoga training.
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