Changes to Make to Have a Healthier Lifestyle
It’s January and everyone is talking about the changes they are wanting to make to have a healthier lifestyle. It is definitely not as easy as it looks. Trust me, I’m one of those people trying. So far, I’ve only made it through the first week of changes that I am making to have a healthier lifestyle and it’s been tough. It’s honestly very simple changes that you have heard before, but sometimes you just need to hear them from a friend! 🙂 If you want to read about what healthy lifestyle changes I am making for myself and Jesus, then keep on reading!
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Changes to Make to Have a Healthier Lifestyle
Step 1: Get a dog. Just kidding. Well, kind of.
Ever since we got Duke (about 4 years ago), he has definitely made us more active. But what I am really trying to say is, you’ll need someone who can help to keep you accountable. Whether it be your furr baby, significant other, or your sister, you need someone to keep you on track. I write that because if you haven’t realized it yet (‘cause oh boy, you will) this is going to be really hard. Lifestyle changes are not easy, that is why they are called lifestyle changes!
Duke helps to keep me accountable because he needs exercise. Our little backyard is not enough exercise for him and I feel bad when he hasn’t been on a run with me because I know he has so much energy that he needs to let out! (Side Note: Please do not get a dog if you do not have the time for it! ) Now while it is Winter time, it is hard for Duke to keep me accountable because lately, it has been WAY too cold outside to work out. That’s when your person (did you get the Grey’s anatomy reference there?) comes into play.
Jesus, also known as my person/fiancé, is my accountability partner. We kind of have this unspoken rule that we are each other’s accountability partner because we never really said it out loud. When I’m not up for working out, he’s there making sure we get it done that day. And when he wants to eat pizza for lunch (he literally just asked for pizza for lunch like an hour ago), I’m putting him back on track and reminding him that we have more nutritional foods that we will be eating instead (more on that to come!).
Needless to say, an accountability partner is VERY helpful. While some people do fine without one (way to go you!), most of us will need one and thats okay! It’s more fun when you can whine to each other anyways about how sore you are or how you passed up a donut at work because you knew the other person wouldn’t have approved of it! BTW, nothing beats the fist pump after a workout because you know you both kicked ass!
Step 2: Change the way you eat.
Ugh, I know. I LOVE pizza, donuts, and junk food just as much as the next person but unfortunately it has to stop. Well, most of it does. I’m all about #balance. For instance, when I change the way I eat, I make food that is more nutritious and healthier for my body but I also allow myself some junk food.
My weakness is Starbucks’ White Chocolate Mocha drink. Don’t ask me to stop drinking it because I won’t. Also, as I have became an adult, I have noticed that adulting is hard and you can get busy. Like, crazy busy. For instance, the other day Jesus and I went to IKEA and we purchased a new wardrobe that we spent all day putting it together. Literally. So, I was too exhausted to cook anything and so we ordered pizza. Sometimes life gets really busy and it is okay to have junk food everyone now and then, the issue is when it becomes a daily thing or every meal thing.
Jesus and I are changing the way we eat by using the WHOLE30 book to find new recipes. Don’t get me wrong, I am not doing the actual WHOLE30 challenge, I am just looking for recipes that are good for us and that I can make at home. Please note, I am not a good cook but these recipes are fairly easy to follow. None of the recipes have sugar or grains in them and to be honest we have already found some recipes we enjoy eating!
Another thing we don’t do is keep bad snacks in our house. We don’t buy cookies, chips, cakes,.. etc. As far as what we drink, we only buy water. We don’t have soda in our house because I have no self control and will drink soda all day long if I have it available. Please be mindful that you will most likely get a headache the first couple of days or so from cutting a lot of sugar out of your diet if you eat/drink sugar a lot. Once you get over that hump, you usually feel so much better!
Step 3: You need to exercise.
Eating healthy is good but exercising while eating healthy is even better. Trust me. If you do both and keep it going long enough, you will see amazing body transformations and you will end up loving it! Thankfully I have always been into sports so I enjoy exercising. Scratch that, no one really loves to exercise. I LOVE the way I feel after exercising! Did you know when you exercise your body releases endorphins, which give you a natural high? The feeling I get after exercise is enough for me to want to exercise.
Yes, being sore isn’t very fun but I enjoy the way my body looks and feels after all the soreness goes away. I’ve also noticed that when I exercise more, I have more energy at work. If you didn’t already know, I’m a nurse that works 12 hour shifts and when I exercise consistently, I find that I’m less exhausted when I get off of work!
You can’t forget the health benefits to exercising. Your likelihood of getting a bunch of diseases is cut down tremendously when you exercise and eat healthier. So why don’t you get started already?
I hope I gave you some insight on the lifestyle changes we are making to be healthier this year. I am thinking about making a post on our favorite WHOLE30 recipes and a weekly schedule of what I do for exercise. What healthier lifestyle changes are you making this year?