Hey there my lovelies! I want to start a new series on blog, all about cutting and getting our summer bodies ready! Summer is five months away, and I know that seems like a lifetime but it’ll be here before we know it. I don’t want to do any crazy diets, intermittent fasting, over exaggerated workouts and so on. I want to take my time, make small changes, eat healthier and workout in a way that my body likes. Five months is the perfect amount of time to get in shape for summer! Because I am tall I have never had a problem with being overweight, but for me I want more definition in my stomach and add some muscles to my upper body. Today I am going to be talking about small changes I want to make and hopefully some of these will help you guys as well!
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Even if you are not looking to lose weight, it’s always important to start a healthy lifestyle. Like I said earlier, I want to tone up my body, and get more definition in some areas. Everyday I am making small changes in the right direction. The first change I am making is cutting out artificial sugars, I am a fan of candy, especially sour candy. I find myself in bed at night watching tv and snacking on sour gummy worms or other sweet snacks. Because I eat healthy I justify the candy as my little cheat for the day. Overall though it is super unhealthy for me to eat that much sugar in a day especially at night. Not only is it bad for my teeth, but spiking your blood sugar that late at night can be very damaging to your health. Making the conscious decision to not snack on candy at night is a huge step for me. If your a fan of candy and sweet things, try snacking on fruit instead. Keep clementines in the house so when your sweet tooth comes out you can have a few oranges. There are also bars like fig bars, fiber one bars, kind bars, etc that have a bit of dark chocolate on them to satisfy your sweet tooth.
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I cannot stress enough how important it is to be very careful about what you choose to consume. Even if you workout everyday for two hours, you won’t see changes unless you change your diet. With the holidays being over and the new year being here it’s the perfect time to change your eating habits. The first step is deciding you want to get healthy and change your lifestyle. Once you make that decision it’s important to cleanse the bad out of your life. What I mean by this is going through your cabinets and getting rid of anything that doesn’t suit your healthy diet. It’s so hard to make this change to begin with, having unhealthy snacks in the house will only make it harder. You’ll find that if it’s not in the house, your less likely to go out and get something unhealthy and you won’t be tempted to reach for it. Starting fresh with a healthy diet will make you feel so much better even on day one!
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The next thing to help your healthy lifestyle succeed is exercise. I am challenging you to add 30 mins on your normal workout routine. For me its cardio (running) and weights. Sometimes you can get into the habit of just going through your workout with out thinking about it. Because you know the time frame you’ll be working out, it can make it easier to slack off. Adding that extra thirty minutes to your workout, will add a change to your routine and create some added benefits. You’ll get that extra time when your body is in full workout mode to burn extra calories and continue to tone your body. It’s important to take this lifestyle change as series as possible. Obviously you don’t want it to consume your every thought. But you do want to make it a priority and be conscious of your choices. Another tip is to track your workouts. There are a ton of apps that make is possible to track your run, see how many calories your burning and so on. This will ease your mind a bit, to see how you actually perform during a workout. Even if you don’t see instant results your tracker will let you know how much you actually did.
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This is so important in taking the step to live a healthy lifestyle. Constantly checking the scale looking for results can be very damaging to your mind. Not seeing the scale change can make you feel like a failure causing you to binge or restrict. Neither one of those things are any help to making that healthy change. You’ll see the changes in your body that the scale will never see. You’ll feel your jeans getting looser, your stomach becoming more toned and you having more energy throughout the day. These are all changes your scale could never track. You’ll develop muscles that will weigh more than fat, but that will look completely different on your body. Creating muscle will make you look and feel stronger. The scale may say you have stayed the same weight or even gained a few pounds. This can cause you to feel defeated when in reality your simply building muscle.