You may have tried a million times to get on a workout and healthy eating schedule. Try and then give up because 1) working out and planning meals took up too much of your time 2) you felt like you had to remove yourself from your favorite social outings to fit its rigid diet, 3) the workouts were over-complicated or totally boring, 4) the whole idea of changing your habits totally stressed you out. Or maybe you haven’t even tried one yet because you already have these expectations set!
Taking care of your health shouldn’t be tedious, tasteless, binding, or overwhelming. It should be fun, flexible, balanced, and done with other like-minded women after the same goal – to be their very best selves! This is why I have been working so hard on creating a concise, informative, and completely realistic set of guides formulated from my own experience as a busy woman. Yes, I have a fast-paced job, yes I have other hobbies and interests, and, yes, I want to be the healthiest version of myself I can be! Don’t you? However, your needs may not look exactly like mine. I want to help you navigate finding the nutrition and workout style that works for YOUR body type, YOUR schedule, YOUR hunger levels, and YOUR tastebuds. Healthy eating and working out takes some changes. But these changes need to work for your unique lifestyle and preferences. Am I right?
That’s why the Life in Spandex Sweat and Eat Guides were built on the following 7 principles!
- Make it short and sweet.
No workout needs to be more than 60 minutes. When planned strategically, a workout can be effective in under 45 minutes. How? Through HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and Circuit Training. These types of training do two things necessary for fat loss – they get your heart rate up in intervals and build muscle.
A combination of low intensity cardio, circuit training (or interval training), and HIIT cardio is important for optimal fat burn with proper muscle recovery in mind. However, if you’re only doing low intensity cardio, you’re missing out on the after burn effect of HIIT and Circuit Training. I like to call them the “fit it in and move on” workouts. These interval-based modes of cardio are designed to not only burn major calories during exercise. You’ll even burn 3x the amount of calories AFTER you’re done working out!
2.Preparation is key.
Have you ever gone on a trip without packing? Have you ever taken a test without studying? Have you ever given a presentation without practicing? Maybe, but most of the time anything we want done well, we prepare for. So why would your health be treated differently?
Planning workouts and meals may sound tedious. But it will make your life a whole lot easier in the long run. Creating an action plan gives you one less thing to think about during your busy week. As a #bossbabe you already have a lot going on. Knowing what workouts to do on what days and deciding what meals you want to eat gives you more brain space for the other important things in your life.
3. Schedule it in.
I always told all my clients, “Treat your workout like an appointment.” You wouldn’t cancel an important work meeting or doctor’s appointment because something else came up. Your workout should be treated the same. On Sundays, I like to plan out my weekly workouts – what I’ll be training and when I’ll be training. This way, I can work around a long day of meetings or social outing. Making a plan and sticking to it takes away any decision-making stress that can come from choosing a happy hour over or an extra hour of sleep over a workout. As a Life in Spandex Lady, your Sweat Guide lays out your workouts day-by-day and gives you scheduling tips to find out when you workout most effectively. Not everyone likes to workout first thing in the morning, and that’s okay! Your workout schedule needs to work for you.
4. Two words… meal prep.
It sounds like a hassle, but it will make your crazy week so much smoother. I’ve mastered my meal prep and reduced time spent from around two hours down to one! It’s all about getting an efficient routine down and making it a habit. The Life in Spandex Eat Guide goes over exactly how to plan and prepare your meals to make your life easier, not more complicated.
5. Choose your battles.
I can’t live without dark chocolate, so I would never start a nutrition regimen that told me I could never eat it again. This is why I’ll never tell you to give up your favorite foods entirely. Treats shouldn’t fall into any extreme category – such as “all the time” or “never.” Health is not about restriction, it’s about balance. I love using the metaphor, “Your diet is like a bank account.” If you choose to splurge, then you balance it out somewhere else. If you spend way too much money on vacation, do you just saw, “Screw it,” and continue to spend? No, you cut back for a little bit until it evens out again. This same principle applies to your eating habits. If you give in to a piece of pizza at a lunch meeting, concentrate on eating lean protein and greens for your next couple of meals. Finding a balance helps you navigate away from food anxiety and into a place of happy and healthy eating.
6. Find patience.
Results won’t happy overnight, no matter what the diet industry says. Miracle pills, shakes, and foods don’t work – otherwise we’d all be walking around looking like fitness models. Right?! Consistency and patience are vital to long-term success, and finding them can be the hardest part. This is why it’s so important to make peace with your body as it is at every stage. Eating healthy and working out should never be treated as punishment for the way you feel about your body. If you constantly use exercise or restriction as a means of paying the piper you’ll never find enjoyment in it. Exercise and eating healthy are privileges. Don’t forget that.
7. Know You’re Worth It
My mom always taught me to, “Know my worth,” and now I’m telling you! You are worth taking care of your body, you are worth feeling good in your skin, you are worth scheduling out an hour of “you-time,” you are worth saying no when you need the rest, and you are worth investing in. As women, we tend to put everyone else before ourselves. Giving back is important and extremely gratifying. However, what happens when there’s nothing left to give? It’s okay to take care of yourself too. In fact, it’s vital in order to continue taking care of others without resentment. If you’re becoming bitter from always giving and never taking time for yourself. Are you really doing anyone a service?
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