Follow the Path to success! We’re headed into the 4th week of the New Year. Are you still waiting to start eating better and exercising? Have you already given up on your “resolution”? Maybe you weren’t so resolute after all…It doesn’t have to be this way. Most people give up on their resolutions by the 11th of January. Even if you haven’t started yet, or you’ve already walked away, it’s time to come back.
I’m going to go over a few things that will make this easier for you. Much easier.
- Don’t diet. Instead, focus on eating only when you are hungry. Focus on eating whole, minimally processed foods. Eat more vegetables and fruits, some good fats, some proteins, and starchy carbohydrates (occasionally). Drink water. A lot of water. Don’t be afraid to fast. If you aren’t hungry, don’t eat.
- Avoid sabotage. If you are a sweets lover, you’ll need to reduce your sugar consumption. Use it as a reward, once weekly, for your solid eating. Focus on moving away from sugary snacks, candy, soda, fruit juices, and adding sugar into your beverages. Instead, try stevia.
- Get enough sleep. This could be #1, but here it is. Most Americans don’t get enough sleep. Follow a simple routine every night. Go to bed and wake at the same time Mon-Fri, and NEVER hit the snooze button. Make sure you stop exposing yourself to TV, electronics (cellphone, tablet, laptop, etc) at least an hour before bed. Read and mediate. Have sex.
- Walk 10000 steps a day. Get yourself a pedometer or app, and make sure you get moving. You’ll use your muscles, burn stored fat, help with circulation, and will be able to concentrate better and for longer periods of time. Take a bunch of short walks throughout the day.
- Lift weights at least twice a week. You’ll build muscle. You’ll look, move, and feel better. And dammit, lifting heavy stuff and being strong feels great! Stick to basics, don’t get fancy. 6-8 exercises per workout, 6-12 rep range, 2-4 sets per exercise is all it takes. Hire a professional if you aren’t sure what to do!
- Learn to breathe and mediate. It’ll help you with your focus, healing, sleep, and recovery.
That’s all there is to living your best life. Don’t make it more complicated than it is!
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