Let’s face it, everyone is busy and whether you’re a mom or not, work, friends, and family, are all pulling you in many different directions. Sometimes staying healthy and fit or trying to lose weight is hard with so many other obligations in life.
I may not have many children but being a mother of 1, business owner, cooking specialist, maintaining a blog, chauffeur to my child numerous activities, house cleaner, cook, shall I go on? You get the point and I’m sure you could list more than even I! But I have learned that if I want to maintain my weight loss I’ve achieved, stay fit and lead a happy, healthy life with my family, I need to be a priority. Because if Momma is sick, nothing runs smoothly. If momma is grumpy, everyone else will be as well. May not be the case in your home, but that is how it happens in my house anyway!
I’ve learned a few strategies that have helped me maintain my weight loss as well as keep me emotionally happy doing all the multiple things I’m involved in. You know, so you’re not feeling like last on your TO DO list that never ends.
Each day it is a choice. But with each day is a new beginning. Forget what happened or didn’t happen yesterday and focus on the here and now. The moment at hand. You’ll be happier by not beating yourself up each day and discover, with daily choices, you are creating healthy habits that will become a part of your life. Persistence and consistency is the key even if you fall a few times.
1. EAT CLEAN
Choosing to eat clean means to eat food as close to its natural state as possible. Fresh produce, lean meats, natural sugars, natural sugar free alternatives and staying away from processed, packaged foods and artificial ingredients keeps your body functioning well and your immune system healthy to fight off sicknesses and diseases. Healthy clean foods don’t have to be tasteless or boring you just need to be creative or just copy my recipes.
2. MENU PLAN
Menu planning is key to sticking with eating clean and making healthy choices on crazy days of numerous personal training sessions, group fitness classes, and being just the women of the house. Knowing what you’ve got in your freezer and fridge and being able to have quick meals for busy nights is the only way to avoid ordering through a drive through window. I plan most of my meals a week ahead and use my diet journal app to make sure i eat what i promised myself.
3. MAKE HEALTHY SNACKS AHEAD
Have you heard of HANGER??? It’s when you are so hunger you get angry. Have you ever been like that? This happens to me when i'm training back to back without a break for more than 5 hours. When hunger strikes if you don’t have some healthy choices on hand you will surely eat whatever you can find in your cupboard. I’ve done this and it’s miserable because it’s often foods high in carbs that call your name. Then the guilt sets in. Who wants that feeling? Not me! I prepare healthy food and snacks on the weekend for the week ahead, and if i'm really timed pressed a quick protein shake will do the job. Having a healthy snack on is the only way for me to avoid overeating on foods high in carbs.
4. EXERCISE DAILY
Exercise is proven to relieve stress. Don’t we all have at least some stress in life? exercise keeps those happy hormones up and running all day long. I exercise 5 -6 days a week of short duration burst of tabata or HIIT. Try to find at least 20-30 minutes of your day to move in some way and make it a priority. I can guarantee you it will feel so good not only physically but mentally. You will feel the difference in your emotions. And after some time of this becoming a habit on the days when you can’t exercise, you will actually miss it!
5. ONCE A MONTH MOM’S NIGHT OUT
Once a month try to spend you time with those you love, friends or just by yourself. Why is this strategies important? Because you are more than just a mother and you need to reconnect with those friends that are also in the same place in life with children. It is like a healthy therapy session! Friends encourage us and support us, we need each other! If momma is happy then you will be more productive and motivated to stay on track of healthy living.
6. DATE NIGHT
Reconnecting with your spouse is just as important to mental health, talk about the support you need, your new goals. Remember that before our kids came around our spouse was our best friend and all our attention us about you and him, being in love is important for healthy living.
7. TIME OUT EACH DAY
My favorite part of the day is when i have at least 20 minute of TIME OUT for myself. I get my cup of coffee and I sit on my couch and I read a magazine or make a phone call to a friend or browse Face Book. You get the picture. A simple strategy that keeps me sane from all the hustle and bustle of my busy life. Even if you can do it every day, strive to try to have at least 10 minutes to yourself on most days.
8. CUT THE SUGAR
I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t do this is very important step in life about 12 years ago when my daughter turned 1. Cutting out white refined and processed sugars and flours has been the biggest factor for losing my weight and being able to maintain it. Here’s my personal story of who is Veronica Vargas if you’ve never read it. Sugar makes you crave it more and more. When you crave it, you eat more and more unhealthy foods that can cause sickness and just an overall tired, sluggish feeling. When you eat too much, of course weight gain happens, it’s inevitable. When you gain weight, who’s happy about that? No one. I cut the sugar, cravings stopped.
9. SLEEP MORE
Last but not least you need more sleep! 5-6 hours of sleep a night is just not enough. Did you know when you are tired your body tries to wake itself up the next day by eating more calories? Yes! So when you don’t get enough rest your body overcompensates by causing you to be hungrier. Not helpful if trying to lose weight or trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Not helpful if trying to get up early to get in exercise either. Viscous cycle right? Try your best to get to sleep earlier or at least 7-8 hours a night as opposed to 5 or 6. Your body with thank you the next day!
I hope these simple strategies will help you reach your healthy living goals!
Veronica Vargas Mother of 1 and business owner of Bodies By V.V. guides busy moms and women towards eating and moving towards a healthy lifestyle. The Blog that gets right to the point!
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