I want to start this off by saying thank you. Thank you to all the readers and the feedback I have been getting from all of you! Thank you for reading, listening and following us here at FitnessRx as we guide you to a healthy lifestyle.
Lately, I have been hearing stories about how most women (and even men) are petrified of the gym or eating clean. Well one way or another, they have all been guided down a wrong path or some are listening to the horror stories of friends or family. Some say they have been living on 1,200 calories, hormones are slim to none, and they are just intimidated by the gym in general. Well… I can help you by showing you what I have done and how I live my healthy lifestyle. Some might look at me as a competitor— which, yes, I am. However, I am more than that— all of us are.
I can only speak for myself when I say I want to live like this for the rest of my life. I want to eat clean (90% of the time— let’s KEEP IT REAL), fit into my skinny jeans, have fun, stay confident, help others, and the list goes on. I am not stopping at any cost. I set goals. I stick to them. Plain and simple. One has to WANT it and appreciate it.
If you don’t go after what you WANT, you’ll NEVER have it. If you don’t ASK, the answer will always be NO. If you don’t step forward, you’re ALWAYS in the same place.
My advice to you is to hold yourself accountable. What do I mean by that? Well I will tell you and show you.
Every day I wake up and say, “Today is going to be a great day.” Today is a new day to start fresh, even if you had a horrid night, week or month— each day can change all of that. I start my affirmations of being positive and having a healthy outlook internally first. Then only positive will ooze externally.
I keep myself accountable by writing things down in my journal/workout and diet journal. I write down exactly what I will be eating for the day, what my workout will be, and hold myself responsible for doing it.
A client and good friend told me, “You know you can give all the tips in the world— but you can’t give motivation.” Yes and no to this, I thought… Then I thought well, I am only motivated when I see someone being extremely fit or killing a workout… then I thought again, OK someone can motivate me from a pic or in the gym, but what am I going to do to implement that in my day to day? Then I thought, well…YES SHE WAS RIGHT. NO one person can motivate you but YOU. You have to the fire deep within to get yourself ready to rock. Then if you’re looking for a trainer, you bring that fire to someone that can help keep it lit! Now YOU are ready to start living a healthy life. Now this is you against you.
A few things that help me stay accountable
• My hand dandy journal— to “keep myself in check” on a day-to-day basis.
• Keeping my fridge stocked with healthy selections and healthy treats.
• Having friends and family who encourage and support me in everything I do.
• Make workouts fun and different every time (this is where your journal will remind you of what you have done before and what you can do to change it).
• Having my pantry full of supplements to help me stay on track. I live by my AllMax Nutrition supplementation. Before I even became an athlete I swore by them. I truly believe they helped me get to the next level in seeing my results to this day. Their product line is superior and I am blessed to have them by my side.
• DO NOT restrict your calories to 1,200 day in and day out! Start at a healthy 1,500 and go up or down from there. I rarely ever stay below 1,300. That is more of a resting caloric intake (for me; seeing that I am 5’2 it changes for everyone). There are many ways to go on about eating healthy and clean.
• Have a cheat meal! YES ENJOY LIFE. It doesn’t have to be a whole pizza, which is a mistake in my opinion. This will just set you back (been there, done that). Have a few pieces of pizza with a salad and a garlic roll and/or frozen yogurt, etc. This will make you look forward to getting back in your regimen and smash the weights when you’re ready to hit the gym and put those calories to work. Make the food work for you. Not you work the food.
• Get creative with meals! I have made amazing creations with my clean foods! Especially in my last article for those of you who missed it— I even show you how to make a low-carb clean pizza!
These are a few things I do to stay accountable— now what are YOU going to do to make sure YOU are?! It’s time to start living and loving your life the way you want it.