I had written a post about ‘Fitness Goals‘ in the past which was quite appreciated by many of you (thank you!) .. But I somehow seem to have slipped out of those same healthy habits I so proudly boasted about back then .. Let’s see, I can blame the hot summer, traveling, entertaining guests etc … But those are just excuses, because where there’s a will there’s a way! Now that I have taken care of the last cookie left in the jar (I made it a point to finish it in a hundred bites as opposed to the usual 2 or 3 .. Lol!) I think it’s time to start thinking healthy again … Turns out I am great in following my own advice if I blog about it … So time to make a top 5 list of what has worked in the past to help me jump back on the fitness trail again!
Out of Sight, Out of Mind:
Getting rid of all the junk food lying around the house helps considerably .. If I see it lying around the house, then I will be tempted to eat it regardless of whether I’m hungry or not! So why even put myself in that position? So long junk food … You’ll be missed! 😦
Fruit needs to become the replacement for those sweet cravings … It might not taste as decadent as a bar of Galaxy right after lunch, but it does satisfy those cravings nonetheless and is good for everyone! Chopped fruit is also a great subsitute for sugar in cereals … Just saying! 🙂
Water intake needs to increase … I used to be horrible with drinking water before (my tea addiction might have had a lot to do with it) but now I realize that not only is it good for the skin, it also leaves you feeling full as a result of which you consume less calories … No more second helping required, thank you very much! 😉
Cutting down on caffeinated drinks can be a tough one especially as it has a major effect on the mood. But then it is bad if consumed in large amounts … So instead of giving up on it entirely I tend to just reduce the amount. So where in the past I had up to 4 – 5 cups of tea in a day, I now have just 2. Almost feels like a small reward for being good (kinda) the rest of the day!
Go ahead, snooze:
Being sleep deprived is no good as it simply means less focus and lower energy levels too … Comfort food seems like a welcome option too when I’m feeling blah! However, going to bed early and getting a proper night’s rest leaves one feeling less stressed, more energised and full of determination. Although it might feel like going back to school again, but it really helps to get that bedtime sorted.
Most of these tips may seem pretty obvious but it’s funny how we tend to overlook them in our daily lives and then wonder where we are going wrong … Easier said than done? Wish me luck! For now, I am off to shop for more fruit and vegetables… Hope there are no special offers on cookies and doritos today! 😀 …
Until the next post, let’s keep it strictly lighthearted! 🙂