Thursday, May 22, 2014

Keeping Track and Staying Motivated

One thing I have ALWAYS struggled with is keeping motivated with my workouts. I was always the one who would make it a couple weeks into a program then stop! I would get to that lovely rest day and then that was it. I would not workout at all and then the next day would come and I would skip that day. And would just keep skipping till I had no motivation at all to continue. 

With that being said I've been looking and thinking of ways that I can keep myself going. And I found this neat way to do that on Pinterest! 
Numbering out each day and being able to take it down after each workout is a good way to keep going. This works really well with the 21 Day Fix since it's a 21 day program! But it would work great with any program or goal you may have! I would recommend with a 60-90 day program breaking it down into 30 days this way you don't get discouraged! 

Another thing I really like is having a visual of pounds to lose and pounds lost! Also you can add in inches (because inches are just as important if not more) and a reward jar for your hard work!  This is also another great motivator to keep you going when you start to see those pounds coming off! 

 As you can tell I LOVE the visual aspect of keeping track!  These are cute and simple things you can do. Find what helps keep you motivated and go with it!

Remember losing weight is a marathon not a sprint! Don't get down when you have a bad day. Get yourself up and keep going. Have faith in yourself. That's one of the biggest things that will hold you back from anything. Once you have that faith in yourself, you can move mountains! 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Chocolate Shakeology Pie

Ok I can't be the only one with a sweet tooth?  I LOVE CHOCOLATE!  And I love  Chocolate Pie!  This is one thing my aunt makes for us every time we come home to visit!  It's one of my favorites so she spoils me cause this is the only time I ever have it.  But now that I have found a healthy version of Chocolate pie (made with Shakeology my favorite thing).....I don't have to wait till I go back home to Indiana anymore!  I mean this is amazing for my inner chocolate lover.  

Posted below is the recipe!  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!  

Chocolate Shakeology Pie

-2 scoops Chocolate Shakeology
-1 container tofu, silken or firm (approx. 12 oz.)
-1/2 cup natural peanut butter
-2 Tbsp. skim milk
-1 premade pie crust (Whole Foods has whole-grain, graham cracker–like pie crusts that are great for this!)

Directions: Place peanut butter, tofu, Chocolate Shakeology, and milk in blender; blend until smooth and creamy, adding a bit more milk if necessary. Pour into pie crust and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour. 

(Makes 8 servings.)
Calories: 270 per serving

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Healthy Plate/3 Tips for Healthy Eating

This is a perfect example of how your plate should look.  Keep your plate colorful.  You always want to see more veggies than carbs and meat. Have plenty of fruits through out the day.  They make for easy and yummy snacks as well.  Also make sure your drinking half of your body weight in water everyday.  Yes I'll be the first to say I STRUGGLE with this.  I'm lucky to reach my water intake for the day once a month sometimes.  But it's something I'm working on and I'm getting better at.

Here are a couple of tips to make healthy eating easier. 

Set yourself up for success!
  1. Simplify.  Don't make this any harder than it has to be.  Don't stress over counting every calorie that you eat.  Focus more on finding few healthy foods that you love and incorporate them into healthy recipes. The recipes don't have to be fancy at all.  Just keep it simple.  The most successful people at losing weight and keeping it off eat the same things over and over.
  2. Take Baby Steps.  Take it slow and add to it.  Don't change the way you eat over night.  Change a few things at a time.  This way you won't stop a few days later.  For example add a small salad to supper or cook with olive oil instead of butter. 
  3. Don't think of certain foods as "off limits".  You can have that piece of chocolate or pizza.  Just make sure you watch your portions.  Don't eat to much to often.  I love pizza so once or twice a month I will have a couple of slices but that's it.  So don't ban unhealthy foods you can have them just in moderation's.