Having all the right tools in place is the perfect plan for success. The trick is actually using them. Most people get so caught up in making sure that they have all the latest tech and gadgets to be successful at a healthy lifestyle that they forget to actually use them. It’s great to have the watches, apps and kitchen tools, but if you’re not using them then what’s the point. Or even worst is thinking that because you don’t have them you can’t make the change.
This is when I love to use the term “baby steps”. We don’t have to plunge into things head first and go crazy over the latest fads. Do what works best for you. Make small changes daily that will eventually turn into habits, and that’s how it becomes a lifestyle change.
There are great apps out that can track and monitor just about everything that you do. Sifting through those apps until you find that one that works for your lifestyle is the hardest part, and can truthfully become overwhelming. I have fallen into this trap many times. Seeing or hearing about a new fitness app, downloading it right away, setting up my profile, only to realize that I spend more time on the app and trying to figure it out than I do my workout or meal prep.
So instead of getting all caught up in all that I took the “baby step” method. I just kept journals. There is nothing simpler. I had a journal for my meals and one for my workouts. You can use actual pen and paper or you can kick it up a notch and create them in your phone. Either way, just make sure your keeping track. This is a very important step in the process, especially in the beginning. It’s a way to keep yourself accountable and track progress, to see what is working and what isn’t.
Now in these journals you can be as details as you like or you can just write down the basics. Write down your goals and track the activities you are doing to achieve those goals. So if your goal is to be able to do 100 squats in a day by the end of the week, write down daily how many you are doing to reach that goal of 100.
For the food journal, find out your target eating habits or caloric goals and write them down. Then daily, record all the meals you eat and even aren’t eating to reach that goal. Sometime it’s a good idea to congratulate yourself for not giving into temptation.
I know that counting calories has such a negative connotation to it but I would recommend doing with for the first two or three weeks. It just so you know how the things you eat play apart in your lifestyle change. By doing this for two to three weeks at a time you can get a visual of how your meals are playing apart in achieving your goals. It helps to be able to make healthy substitutes. Now you don’t have to track your calories forever but it’s a great tool to use from time to time just to make sure that your keeping on track with everything.
Keeping in line with the Theme of the week, here are some foods to keep in mind to help that annoying bloating feeling that comes throughout the day and especially after meals:
Foods that Fight Bloat