Committing to a healthy lifestyle can be challenging. Some of us have to completely overhaul our way of living. We have to unlearn all the unhealthy habits that we grew up with and learn an entire new set of habits. It’s not easy. When I am working with my clients I stress the importance of baby steps. Change one thing at a time so the process won’t feel so overwhelming. Baby steps can also be a challenge because everyone wants everything RIGHT NOW and baby steps means slower results. That’s why you see all these 21-day programs, or advertisements that scream “Flatten your belly in 7 days!” The only problem with those quick fixes is that the results don’t last.
I was in the best shape of my life when I was in training for figure competitions. My diet was on point and I never missed a workout. Ideally, I’d like to get back in that kind of shape, but the competition diet is not practical or sustainable and it is designed to reach one goal: the stage. My only goal these days is to stay strong and stay healthy – and to get rid of this stubborn layer of fat around my mid-section.
I’ve been fighting with my abs for almost a year now and I really need to stop playing. I say I’m fighting the fight but if I’m being honest … I’m really not and it wasn’t until I started training for the half marathon that I realized that I wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t abandoned all my healthy habits, but I could do better. I could drink more water, I could consume more protein, I could stop skipping workouts. I know sometimes life happens and interferes with the schedule, however, in my case the alarm would go off in the morning and I would just turn it off and turn over.
We are approaching the beginning of a new month and this is the perfect time to implement a new program for myself. I don’t believe in working toward a “summer body” because I want a healthy body year-round but let’s get real … I like to lay on the beach and I like to do it in a two-piece bathing suit (read: bikini). So here is my plan for May:
Run at least 75 miles (3 runs per week)
Strength train twice a week
Yoga once a week
Limit wine consumption to the weekends
Limit consumption of bread and cheese
Consume fish 2-3 times per week, supplement with chicken breast
Add green smoothies to the breakfast rotation
I may allow myself 1 or 2 cheat meals throughout the month, so I don’t feel like I’m depriving myself. I don’t want to eliminate anything completely because it’s not realistic … everything in moderation.