Sunday, December 22, 2013

New year, new style...and how to wear it.

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Can you believe it’s almost 2014?! I sure can’t. And to think I’m going to have a second baby soon is just mind blowing! And if there’s one thing I’m ready to do once this baby is born, it’s get back into shape and my pre-pregnancy clothing. With the new year approaching, I sat down to think about how to get the look I want without sacrificing and stressing myself out in the process. 

Fad diets don’t work; once you start eating whatever you’re cutting out, you’re going to gain the weight and then some. I’ve been obsessed with healthy eating and wellness my entire life and over the years, I’ve certainly learned what works and what doesn’t. And although it’s different for everyone, the biggest secret I’ve learned? Baby steps.


Losing weight and a healthy lifestyle don’t happen overnight. And that’s where a lot of people fail; they expect to see changes quickly and get discouraged when they aren’t getting the results they want/need.

Here are a few easy steps to making a change in 2014. Start by doing something new or eliminating one of these things once a day for 6 days and reevaluate. Are you cranky? Are you feeling better? Are you motivated? Subtle changes are going to produce long last results and it’s important to keep your long-term goals in mind by completing these short-term changes.



Day 1: Invest in good workout clothes: I never used to think this was important and would roll up to the gym in an old t-shirt and shorts. But when I invested in some quality workout gear, I started to feel more motivated to get the results I wanted. Why did I wait so long to do this? Price. I didn’t want to break the bank by purchasing clothes just for working out, but I found these adorable pieces at Sears for under $50… total! Can’t beat that! I’m pictured wearing Everlast leggings, jacket, and shirt (similar). I also used my Shop Your Way rewards card and received points for future purchases... even better :) 





Day 2: Drink more water: I know, this sounds simple enough, right? But surprisingly, it’s a lot harder than it looks. We should all be drinking eight 8oz glasses of water a day, but I for one know I don’t drink anything even close to that.  My solution? Buy a new water bottle and carry it with you everywhere you go. This one Ignite Contigo AUTOSEAL is 24 oz so if you refill this 3 times a day, you’re good to go!

Day 3: Add more fruits and veggies: Instead of eliminating sugars or carbs or something else crazy, try eating more fruits and veggies at each meal. By adding an apple, banana, or a few carrots, you are getting more of what you need and filling up on good instead of bad calories.

Day 4: Plan your meals: I know, this is unrealistic for some people. Although it may save time, I don’t always think ahead or plan for the upcoming weeks and make whatever I have a taste for. However, start by prepping snacks; use something like these Finelife food containers and cut up veggies, fruits, portion nuts, etc. This way, when you’re in a hurry, you can grab a container instead of a bag of chips or other vending machine no-no’s.


Day 5: Set small goals: If you’re just starting to get into shape, you shouldn’t expect to go run a half-marathon or workout seven days a week for hours at a time. Start small; take the stairs to the office, go for a walk after work, head to the gym 3 days a week. You can always work your way up and you certainly don’t want to get burned out and give up. If you aren’t ready to head to a gym, try an at home workout DVD and mat to get started.



Day 6: Find a buddy: For me, this is one of the best ways to stay motivated and keep myself on track. Whether it’s a virtual buddy online or a friend who physically goes to the gym with you, find a support system! They will help hold you accountable to keep your diet and workout plan under control and you will provide the same assistance to them. Strength in numbers my friends!

And there you have it my friends! By implementing these simple changes and taking them one day at a time, you are more likely to succeed in your goals. I cannot wait to have this baby and get back into shape myself! If anyone needs a buddy, please let me know… I need one too!

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7 comments:

  1. OHHHHH let's be online buddies, I can't WAIT to start working out again!

    Carly
    www.lipglossandcrayons.com

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  2. Great tips! Having gone through the whole weight loss process more than once, I can say from experience that you have to learn what works for you and do it the healthy way or it simply won't last. You can starve yourself and drop 10lbs in a week, but the second you start eating again it comes right back!

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

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  3. Sam, great post :) I'm def not pregnant, but damn I might as well be with my current weight. I took some meds that caused me to gain and am STRUGGLING to get it back down. I keep getting motivated and then I lose it and get discouraged. Let's plan some type of exercise thing after the baby / first of the year for me together. Maybe we can host some type of challenge? We'll chat. Good tips & can't wait to see pictures of your diva.

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  4. I have found when I get a gym membership, I usually follow through more with my workouts instead of trying to do it "on my own." I feel guilty not using it and wasting our money, so I generally at least end up and getting on a treadmill for a bit. I also really love group classes too.

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  5. I hear ya! I've fallen off the wagon over the past few months for a variety of reasons and I'm looking forward to the New Year as a reason to get myself back in gear! I love your tips and new gear....and it's even better when you can get it all at the same place--Sears! Best of luck to you with your new little one and on getting back to your pre-baby fitness level! #client

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  6. The new year came so fast! Love the look of those work our DVDs!

    agirlandhersparkles.blogspot.com

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