You Are Your Only Limit

As Summer Approaches... (2)

 

As the summer months approach (especially for us Midwestern people!) we tend to all of a sudden want to look better, lose weight, and show off a bunch of skin in these warmer months.

The ideas and marketing are everywhere!  “Drop 10 pounds for summer!”  “Bikini season!”  “Bikini abs in 30 days!”  Why is that mindset in place?  Why do we only want to lose weight when it’s warm out?  Why don’t we work on our bodies year round?  In my opinion, we should be healthy year round right?  Isn’t that something called yo-yo dieting?

Most of us scramble around the spring time trying to all of a sudden eat healthier (which may be starving ourselves) and working out like crazy.  These sudden changes in behaviors will NEVER stick.  You HAVE to start a routine if you want any real changes!

So why do we fall off the wagon when it comes to health and fitness?  Most of us do the same routine year in and year out.  Summer/Warmer weather approaches and we rush to drop the pounds.  What are our EXCUSES?  Let’s take a good hard look in the mirror, what is seriously stopping us from achieving what we want?

There it is!  Right in the mirror in front of us!  IT IS US!  We are stopping ourselves; we are our biggest challenges.  It is ALL a mental game!  I know with myself it is a BIG mental game when it comes to stress eating, being lazy or not getting up in time to work out in the morning.  There is NOTHING ELSE STANDING IN OUR WAY!  It is only us.

How do we change this mental game?  Well, how bad do you want to be in shape?  How bad do you want to drop those pounds?  I mean, don’t you get frustrated when it comes to losing weight EVERY YEAR?!  It is SO much harder to drop weight and it seems so easy to gain it!  It is all a mental game so here are some tips to keep you from falling off that wagon again!

So here are five tips to keep you on track all year long and break that mentality of cycle dieting!

 

1.)  PLAN PLAN PLAN

We all have crazy lives, I totally understand.  I LIKE to be busy, which  might make me crazy!  However, I have been a horrible planner and I always run out of time.  What I have started to do is take advantage of my down time and really write down things I need to do.  Maybe it’s an adult thing to do!  Write out your week, plan your meals, your workouts and write out everything you have going on this week.  Where can you find time to workout?  Where do you have an extra ten minutes?  Do you think you need to start getting up a little earlier?  Or maybe after the kids go to sleep, do something for you?  Whatever it is, you can plan it.  You can plan your workouts, you can plan your meals and as long as you STICK to the plan, you will have success.  I know that when I don’t plan, I eat bad, I grab fast food and I absolutely do not work out.  Plan your work outfits the night before or lay out your exercise clothes so when 5:30 am rolls around, you don’t complain about trying to find clothes when you are barely awake!  PLAN!

2.)  STICK TO YOUR PLAN

I mean we can plan all we want, but what is the point of a plan when we don’t follow it?  Let me put it to you this way, challenge yourself for five days to follow the plan.  At the end of the week, how do you feel?  Did your week go by fast?  I know mine does when I follow a plan.  Cooking at home and meal prepping typically saves you money too so how is that bank account of yours?  Stick to your plan!  I know that when I concentrate on a plan for a few days in a row, it then becomes harder to break.  You are setting yourself up for a new routine!

3.)  STOP DIETING

Yes – stop saying you are on a diet.  Diets are temporary.  To keep the weight off and have any type of long lasting effect, it needs to be a permanent change.  Lifestyle change anyone?  So when it comes to dieting, we typically do an immediate change to what we are eating and drinking on a daily basis.  While some people can quit things “cold turkey”, this is usually not the case and it can be detrimental to our changes.  When someone typically stop eating bad food all of a sudden, that craving doesn’t go away and leads to a binge further down the road.  I’m telling you that you can have these bad foods, but you can’t eat them all the time.  It is a lifestyle change and of course during a LIFESTYLE you will have some bumps along the road.  Turn those cheat days into cheat meals, or cheat items.  Don’t undo a week of progress in simply just a week’s time because you had a full cheat day or cheat weekend.  Keep it going and don’t just suddenly make drastic changes.  Start gradually with getting more water in your diet and changing out for healthier foods.  Again, if you do this gradually and make permanent changes, you will be more successful!

4.)  Eat For Fuel

What do I mean by this?  You should eat to nourish your body.  Your body can do some pretty amazing things right?  Our bodies withstand a lot.  We need to be showing our body love and be thankful for what it does for us on a daily basis.  I mean it keeps us alive right?  Why do we feed it bad things?  Sure, those French fries make us comfortable at first when we crave it but the next morning are you feeling great?  Don’t you feel a little sluggish?  We need to eat things that our body and mind will benefit from.  Eating better will put all of these other practices into place also.  We will be more motivated to conquer our weight loss and health journeys!

5.) Find Your Why (and write it down!)

Why do you want to lose weight?  Why do you want to workout?  We all need to be honest with ourselves.  It is okay to admit you are unhappy with how you look, how you feel, or how clothes fit you.  No matter what size you are, it matters how you FEEL inside and out.  What is your why?  Find that reason deep down inside of you and write about it.  If you have to, post it in your bathroom or write it somewhere that you look everyday.  Remind yourself everyday WHY you want to start a healthy journey and become a healthier person.

 

I hope that these are helpful tips that you haven’t thought about yet.  I know that when I truly plan and think about WHY I want to stay on my healthy journey, the fast food and the real sugary drinks don’t see to be craved as often.  I crave feeling great and I know I can only reach that point by truly sticking to my plan.  I am most successful when I plan and record and prepare for my week ahead.

Another thing that I have found beneficial to my fitness journey is yoga —> read about my journey here I Bend So I Don’t Break

What are some tips that have worked for you in your health journey?  Sound off below!

 

Thanks for reading!

Lo

 

 

 

 

What’s Going On In February?

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Welcome back!  Here are some of the great things I am doing this month with Laugh Always and maybe it will give you some new ideas if you are looking to change it up in these categories!

I want to hear from you!  Read on this article and then let me know what you recommend me checking out in the month of March!

Currently Reading:
Life hasn’t slowed down QUITE yet.  I do have a longer commute now that we have moved 45 minutes to the north!  I really want to download some audio books and listen to them on the way home.  SUGGESTIONS for some motivational books is appreciated!!!

Currently Watching:
I SINCERELY HOPE you are watching the latest addition of American Crime Story on FX!  I really truly hope you are.  I am all caught up and every episode has been intense and weird and heart wrenching.  The acting is superb.  I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Darrin Criss – the actor who plays Andrew Cunanan in the show.  Do yourself a favor and discover the gem that is Darren Criss.  If you don’t know who he is, look him up on social media.  He has a small following with his duo bank “Computer Games” (their songs are on my workout playlist!).  He was also on Glee for 5 seasons.  Just check it out!

Currently Cooking:
So I am still trying to find a new routine for myself with my shorter time in the evening.  In our new place, we have an electric stove which is a new experience for me.  Trying to figure that out and not trying to eat out every night!

Currently Eating:
To put this bluntly, I am eating everything in Chicago.  If you have followed along, my husband and I sold our house last month and we moved to Chicago.  Every weekend so far, we have gone to a different restaurant to check it out.  There is just so much that I want to check out that we will probably never go to the same restaurant twice!  One of my favorite restaurants we discovered is called Bellwether.  If you are in Chicago, it is an awesome place and not too pricey either!  We actually went twice in the same weekend; once for dinner and then brunch.  Brunch was awesome!

Currently Loving:
MY NEW PLACE!  The house that my husband and I sold was the house I have lived in since I was six years old.  It has been so hard to leave it behind but it went to a new small family which it couldn’t have been planned out better.  I am in love with the building we chose to start our new adventure in Chicago.  The view from our place never gets old.  I never want to leave!

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Currently feeling:
This month I feel like I am finally settling in to the new place!  A new routine has started – rather than working out after work like I always have, I am now getting up at 530 and working out before leaving for work.  New routine but it needed to happen to fit everything into one day!  It’s easier than expected and I don’t have to get into my car and drive to a gym.  My gym is downstairs at my building!

Currently Listening:
I am rediscovering some old Usher songs for my running playlist!  I have been listening to random songs from my iTunes library and some new awesome workout songs have been coming up!  “Scream” by Usher is such a great song to workout to!

Currently celebrating:
Month of love!  Hello!  I mean, I don’t think I am totally into Valentine’s Day and my husband spoils me just about everyday, but it is an opportunity that we go and splurge on a good dinner (not on Valentine’s day – too crazy for us).  We visited this restaurant called “Untitled Supper Club” and OMG you need to go the next time you are in Chicago.  The food was excellent, service and ambiance was excellent and the band was awesome.  We made a reservation ahead of time and had a table right in front of the stage.  You just need to go!
I am also kicking off celebrations with one of my best friends this month – she is getting marred in June of 2019 and we attended a bridal expo!  Got some awesome ideas and the six of us filled up on some free samples of course because THAT IS WHAT MATTTERS.

Currently going:
My husband and I are making an effort to check out at least one new restaurant per weekend.  We don’t want to repeat and want to use our time wisely so each week we have been taking turns on picking restaurants in Chicago to get our exploration on!  Our most recent visits so far have been to Slurping Turtle and Untitled Supper Club – check them out!

Currently crafting:
Still no cricut!  I am inching closer and closer to just purchasing one so I should just do it.  I have too many ideas to create!

I am so tired of this snow and rain and then snow again.  At least we live in a building now, and we don’t have to shovel or worry about flooding.  However, I just want warm weather!  It will make my commute less worrisome – potholes are the worst!

Until next time,

Lo

Read what I had going on in January! —> What’s Going On In January?

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