In a recent post, I shared with you how I became unhealthy in my work at home lifestyle and how I’m making changes now. In order to drive my point home and help you do the same, I’ve asked my friend and healthy work-at-home mama Brittnei Washington to stop by the blog and help us feel better and stay motivated! Take it away, Brittnei!
Ok, so when Alicia asked me to guest post I was ecstatic! What an opportunity! I really enjoy helping people lose weight and live healthier. It can be a very difficult thing, trying to live and be healthy, so I enjoy encouraging and motivating people along their journey.
At Get Fit, Healthy Life, me and my husband’s motto is: baby steps. It is so difficult for us as people to stick with something when we try to make extremely drastic changes. It is no wonder most New Year’s resolutions a few months into the year are forgotten. The truth is living healthier starts with YOU. But I’m here to help you get started! The following are some steps you can take:
1. Find some physical activity that you enjoy doing. Not something that you have to do every day necessarily, but maybe you can commit to doing it at least once a week. For example, if you like to swim and you want to commit to going to a gym to do that every week that is a phenomenal idea!
Or maybe you like to dance so an aerobics or Zumba class would be something you could get into a few times a week. Are you a runner? Consider some type of activity like this that you may enjoy. If you have a little one, perhaps dad, a grandparent or relative can watch baby for an hour or two while you are doing this activity once a week.
2. Not to be the bearer of bad news, but you know those food pyramids that they showed us in school with the food groups? The proportions were a tad off. The truth is vegetables should be consumed more than any other food group so my advice if you are not a big vegetable eater is to start by eating the ones you like the most everyday first. Try new ones and begin to add those into your diet as you can.
Another tip concerning veggies is to keep them at the top of the refrigerator. We tend to tuck them away in the drawers, but out of sight are usually out of mind. Veggies really should take up most of our plates. Why you say? The vitamins and nutrients, especially a specific one like fiber, is very vital to our digestive health and overall health as a matter of fact. Many of the vegetables and fruits that we eat contain the properties needed to help our bodies prevent and actually fight off most health conditions and infections.
3. Drink more water! Water has no calories. I know that 100% juice is healthy and everything, but it is still full of sugar and calories. If you are trying to lose weight, one sure way to eliminate calories is to cut out juice and drink water. This doesn’t mean you can’t make a breakfast smoothie or a detox drink. It just means that when you are consuming liquids the majority of it should be water. The average person needs at least 8 glasses a day. This was actually a key to me and my husband’s weight loss. 1-2 glasses in the morning even before breakfast is a great start to a day!
4. Do you drink soft drinks? I won’t say to completely go cold turkey and just give them up, but what you can do is try to cut in half how much you drink them per week. Eventually, you can wean yourself off of them. This will help your health and weight loss in a tremendous way! 🙂
5. If you are a coffee drinker, find a cream or milk addition that doesn’t have as many calories. Coffee in itself is actually not truly bad. Small amounts of caffeine in our diet experts argue could be beneficial to our health. But what many people don’t realize is how many calories are in their half and half they use every day in their coffee.
Many have turned to herbal tea or even created their own creamer with things like coconut powder. If you are a tea drinker, you can also use something like agave in your tea. It is very much like honey. It processes in your body a lot better than sugar. I use agave in just about anything I eat that needs sugar. It tastes great!
6. Don’t skip meals! We should really eat at least 4-6 proportionate sized meals/snacks a day. That can be three meals and two snacks. With this rule, I have become the ultimate snacker! I enjoy peanuts, organic yogurt, rice chips, fruit, and raw veggies throughout the day myself.
7. Get your rest! Many issues with weight loss and health believe it or not are the result of lack of sleep. If you aren’t able to sleep at night, try writing things down that are on your mind so it is clear before you lay down. Being a work at home mom myself I tend to need the reminder of this at times. We get so locked into what we are doing between taking care of the house, kids and doing our work online.
One thing you could also do to help this is to make a schedule for each week so you can prioritize when things truly need to get done and what can wait for you to do later so that you can try to get your beauty rest. I also choose to clean just one room a day as to not overwhelm myself with cleaning everything all at once.
The next post in this series can be found here.
Brittnei is a bubbly wife to Harroll Washington and mom to Harroll, Jr. who loves homemaking, beauty, decor, crafts, football and healthy living. She and her husband Harroll have a home business helping people virtually and in person to lose weight and live healthier lifestyles. Visit her website, HomemakingWithStyle.com, where she blogs about motherhood and healthy living.