If you want to get your body summer-ready, the time to start is now.
I want to look and feel good in my favorite dress by my birthday (May 4). Health and wellness is a subject that has always interested in me and there’s no better time than the present to give yourself the best present (Lame? Ok…)
We all have goals.
In this day and age, fitness is longer just a way of life, it’s a trend. Everywhere I go there’s a health food store, a yoga studio, a gym offering discounts on membership, or a juice bar. Why? Because people want to look and feel good–myself included.
This is why I’m launching the #BestMeMusings hashtag throughout the entire month of April (and longer if the interest is there). I’ll talk about my workouts, diet, and what I am doing every day to be the best version of myself.
My hope is that I can encourage others to follow my journey and progress in an effort to work on what is the best version of YOU. We all deserve to feel our best in our own skin.
I will do my best to post daily here at Megan’s Musings, and also on Twitter and Instagram.
Here’s a guideline of what I’m going to be doing:
- More nutrients and cleaner eating
I am someone who loves food with a passion. I have heard a saying that some people live to eat and others eat to live. I am a human being, and if I don’t binge on Korean BBQ or tacos once in a while, then clean-eating is not for me. The truth is, you don’t really have to give up what you love. You just have to have a good balance. So, I will not beat myself up for having a snack here and there, or a cocktail at happy hour on a Friday. Instead, I will congratulate myself on eating an extra piece of fruit or walking a little more than I did yesterday.
I also love to make smoothies. If you have a blender, it’s a great way to make yourself a breakfast with a lot of nutrients that you can have on the go. I like to blend up a smoothie the night before and drink it in the morning. Here’s what I had today:
- Almond milk
- Coconut milk
- 1/2 Avocado
- Handful of raspberries
- Handful of blueberries
- Green mix: Chard, spinach, kale
- Chia seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Sliced almonds
You can obviously incorporate as many fruits and vegetables as you want to get the nutrients your body needs, and change it up to get a good balance. More smoothie recipes to come.
Water is technically part of your diet, but it deserves its’ own category. In the past, I didn’t realize just how little water I was getting compared to how much I need. I’d drink a couple bottles a day (add tea into the mix). That simply was not enough for me. Especially on days I have wine or exceptionally salty foods.
I’ve heard that you should take your weight in pounds, divide it by 2, and that’s the amount of water you need in ounces. I won’t give you an exact number, but I wasn’t drinking nearly enough. As a part of #BestMeMusings, I’ll be upping my water intake by a lot. I will keep you posted on any changes I see between trips to the restroom. It’s also important to have water first thing in the morning, since you haven’t had any all night.
3. Be Active
Exercise doesn’t just help your physical health but your mental health also. As a naturally anxious person, I am recommended an hour of physical activity a day. As of today, I have been consistently walking 3 miles per day. This has amounted to about an hour. (I am lucky enough to live a reasonable distance from work). The point is, find ways to be more active. And make it fun. Dance. Hike. Go for an evening walk. Swim. Do yoga. Stretch. Get up and get moving. Your body and mind will thank you. And see number 2 and stay hydrated.
4. Make Small Changes
I’m not oging to stop eating Butter Chicken. I simply love it too much. And that’s OK. The first secret to losing weight and getting in shape is that there is no secret. Don’t fall for any pills or teas that promise to give you a flat stomach. Just work out and eat less. It’s simple, but it’s not easy. The second secret of losing weight and getting in shape is to make small changes and not completely change your entire life. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Go on a walk after dinner. Incorporate some vegetables to your diet, and take it slow. You’re much more likely to succeed if you approach things this way.
I am a regular person with a full-time job and an active social and personal life. But I am not “ordinary”. And neither are you. I am so excited to work on these things to be the best ME that I can be, and I look forward to sharing the journey with my readers. More to come.
Now, who’s with me?