Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Health & Fitness: What Works For Me

In this post from last week, I promised to share some health and fitness tips that work for me. After some thought, and realizing that I'm no health expert, I've decided to share my thoughts, tricks and mindset rather than recommending tips for others to try. I do believe that finding what works for you involves trial and error, so feel free to try some of these for yourself and share some of your own in the comments!

1. I drink 16 ounces of water on an empty stomach. On weekdays, the first thing I do is grab a bottle of water and drink it while I do my hair and makeup. Some sources say that drinking cold water (and some sources say hot water) first thing in the morning can kick-start your metabolism and get your system moving through the day. I switch it up (sometimes cold, sometimes hot) and often add lemon. On the weekends, you will find me with a sport bottle glued to my hand to make sure I still get enough H2O.

2. I plan my food for the entire week, right down to each snack. For example, I allow myself three meals and 2-3 snacks per day. I plan out what those meals and snacks will consist of before I go to the store, meal prep on Sunday and then each day during the week, I know what to eat and when. My boyfriend makes fun of me because I literally buy exactly what I need for the week and nothing more. So basically my pantry is always empty and my fridge solely consists of stacks of Tupperware containers. But, that doesn't mean I don't indulge...

3. If I plan to indulge, I cut elsewhere. Pizza, pancakes, Mexican...I can't live without it (which is exactly what my boyfriend, who is super health-conscious himself, says as he puts a giant cinnamon roll in front of me, "Kacie, sometimes you just have to live"). The reason I maintain such a strict diet during the week is so that I can indulge, especially on the weekend. I don't meal prep for weekends so I can enjoy Sunday morning pancakes or Indian carryout without feeling (too) bad about it. Another thing I do is, if I plan to have a not-so-healthy dinner, I'll have a lighter lunch. Or, if I grab a cookie from the break room, I'll skip a subsequent snack.

4. Serving size is king – especially when it comes to snacks. When I say "snack", it may be a mid-morning banana, or a pinch of dark chocolate chips after a meal. At night, I tend to crave cereal (Kashi just came out with a Peanut Butter Crunch and I'm obsessed), so I'll measure out the 3/4 cup serving size and pour in some almond milk. I do the same thing with packaged tortilla chips and crackers; I grab the serving size and put the package away to prevent over-indulging.

5. I consider my workout as just another part of my day. Just like going to work, eating, or sleeping, I consider working out a required, non-negotiable part of my routine. I work out 3-4 times a week and after a while, I couldn't think of it any other way.

6. I take classes. This not only helps me keep on track–it's a set time and I can easily fit it into my schedule–but I also don't have to think about what to do. I'm not one of these people who can walk into a gym and just do stuff, so having an instructor tell me what to do makes it super easy. Plus, they're fun! I take classes at Shred 415 (it's similar to Orange Theory and I love it!) and often Cyclebar, but am considering adding in a gym membership for deeper toning, as well.

7. I push myself harder at the end of the workout. Some people start strong and tend to fade as the workout progresses. For some reason, I am the opposite and I always get stronger and faster as I go. I suppose maybe I see the end in sight so it makes it easier. I know I can do it, soon it will be over and I won't regret it!

That's all for me, folks! And again, please don't take this as me recommending that you do what I do. I only know what works for me! I plan to get back into my regular outfit posts soon but would you guys also be interested in more posts on this subject? Lemme know!

1 comment:

  1. Yes water and snacking is great! I've had good success with meal prepping/planning too. I will have to try some classes!
    ~ Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom