I often get asked by girls who have never eaten healthy or worked out before.. where to start! I totally get how overwhelming it can be! Here are some basic tips I have for those JUST starting out on a health and fitness journey! =)
- Get rid of the junk food! This includes (but not limited to): regular and diet soda, cookies, chips, crackers, candy, white breads and pastas, fruit juice, sugary cereal, condiments like ketchup, mayo, ranch and other fattening/sugary dressings and marinades, fast food, frozen dinners and most packaged goods. Start making your own meals from wholesome lean proteins, veggies, fruit and healthy fats. Basically, eat as close to natural as possible!
- Cut out the alcohol. It shuts down your metabolism, promotes fat storage and breaks down muscle tissue. It’s basically treated by the body as a toxin… If you’re serious about getting in shape, not drinking won’t be a problem.
- Start exercising! The trick is to find something you enjoy so that you will actually DO IT. There are SO MANY options, some of which include: weight lifting, pilates, yoga, cross fit, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, powerlifting, olympic lifting, jogging, cycling, spin, zumba, interval training, jazzercise, jumping rope, dancing, running, hiking, mountain climbing, swimming… the list goes on!!
- Develop patience and a positive attitude if you don’t already have them! You WILL have set-backs and losing weight/getting fit WILL take time. You will occasionally cheat on your diet, you will miss a workout, you will stumble, you will make mistakes… you’re human! Nothing worth having ever comes easily… if it WERE that easy, everyone would be in shape! Know that you are only a failure if you QUIT. So don’t quit! You will regret it in the long run!
- Surround yourself with people who support you. There is nothing worse than having negative and/or jealous people around when you are trying to make a healthy, positive change to your life. There WILL be people you THOUGHT were your friends try to drag you back to your old, unhealthy ways. They might tease, taunt or grill you for your new habits. Some people can’t handle change. If you find that your healthy habits are being mocked or demeaned by those around you … ask yourself why your ‘friends’ would want you to go back to being unhealthy. Do they not understand the sudden change? If so, explain to them why you’re doing it… Or, are those friends just jealous? If so, CUT THEM OUT OF YOUR LIFE!
- Plan ahead! If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Prepare your meals and workouts in advance. Always keep workout clothes, a water bottle and protein powder with a shaker cup in your car so you never have an excuse not to hit the gym. Always carry an apple, a serving of almonds in a ziploc baggy and a packet of tuna with you.. that way you never have an excuse to hit the vending machines or burger joint!
- Set realistic goals and track your progress! Keep a journal log of your workouts, your food intake and your stats each week so you can track your progress easily! 1-2 pounds of weight loss per week is a reasonable and healthy goal (depending on your current weight). The scale is not always a good indication of your progress though! Numerous factors can affect the number that are unrelated to fat gain/loss. The mirror, pictures, the way your clothes fit and your measurements are better ways of tracking progress!
You can do anything you set your mind to. Believe in yourself, don’t give up and you will get there <3
side rows are the hardest but sooo worth it
Another two ingredient fix! This one is too easy not to make. It’s also perfect for college students who only have a little freezer and a lack of cooking equipment. You can make it anyway you want adding chocolate chips, almonds, more fruit etc. I prepared this early yesterday morning and had…
You can either sigh when you hear the words “back to school” or you can smile and think of all the positives that go along with it! A new year means football games, dances, being with your friends, having a chance to show off your competitive side with your grades, sports or extra activities…
8 Health Benefits of Asparagus
Asparagus has so many health benefits, it should be added to the healthy diet. Asparagus is great as a detox vegetable, an anti-aging vegetable, and no surprise - an aphrodisiac, and much more.
The asparagus is a member of the lily family. It grows easily in the home garden right in the flower bed - it is a perennial and can yield a harvest for decades. Asparagus can be planted as seeds or roots any time of the year.
Here is a list of some of the health benefits of asparagus followed by a list further explaining those health benefits.
- can detoxify our system
- has anti-aging functions
- is considered an aphrodisiac
- can protect against cancer
- reduces pain and inflammation
- can prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
- reduces the risk of heart disease
- can help prevent birth defects
4 Baby Biscotti - 45 Calories, 10g Carbs, 1g Fat, 4g Protein, 3g Fiber, 1g Sugar
Television Tuesday Workout! I love my Tuesday T.V. but sitting on the couch 3 hours in a row is very inactive so I’ve decided to earn my T.V. time and make it useful! Join the workout tonight! Don’t forget to tweet your workout results to @taralynnstweets with #prettylittleliars #dancemoms #teenmom so I can follow!
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- 1 Boneless Medium Chicken Breast
- 1 Tsp Olive Oil
- 1 Cup Crushed Fresh Pineapple
- 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tbsp Parmesan
- 1 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Blueberries and Diced Pineapple
- 1/4 Cup Diced Red Onion
- 1/4 Cup Diced Bell Peppers
- 3 Cups…
1. 1/2 Graham Cracker With 1 Tbsp Almond Butter.
2. 2 Tbsps Almonds With 1/2 Cup Blueberries.
3. 1/2 Cup Pretzels With Mustard.
4. 1 Cup Strawberries With 1 Tbsp Dark Chocolate Chips.
5. 5 Dried Apricot Heads With 1 Tbsp Cashews.
6. Celery and Apples With 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter.
I love dark chocolate strawberries, here is a little sweet combination you can have guilt free!
150 Calories, 5g Protein, 16g Carbs, 8g Fiber, 1.2g Fat
- 3 Medium Strawberries Sliced
- 1 100% Whole Grain Bread
- 1 Single Serving Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Mousse