It’s not a Diet, It’s a Lifestyle.
I have been living under this motto for roughly 10 years! It’s what I did to lose 26 lbs and keep it off for the last 10 years and through 2 babies.
In 2005, I was in the middle of my freshmen year of college and I had gained 26 pounds in one semester. Although I began going to the gym and eating salads, the weight wasn’t coming off. Gotta love how it takes no time at all to gain weight but years to take it off. I was in the middle of this struggle when my cousin said to me “it’s a lifestyle, not a diet.” I realized I was going to have to pick up healthy habits, learn more about what I was putting into my body, exercise more efficiently, and change my way of thinking in order to be the person that I saw myself being.
So, “It’s a lifestyle, not a diet.” What does that mean? For me it means freedom: freedom from restrictions and must-do workouts. I can have a “bad day” and eat a whole batch of cookies (and totally enjoy it!) and then, forgive myself and start fresh again the next moment. It is the same with working out. I don’t get to workout every day, I mean who does? But I try to stay active every day and work out, HARD, when I can. The freedom in living a healthy lifestyle, and not following a diet, means that every day and every moment I have choices. I can choose every meal, snack, drink, and workout based on the way I am feeling, what I want (to eat or to do), and how I envision myself in the days and weeks to come. Education on what is healthy and good for my body allows for an abundance of options every day. I also know that rest, relaxation, and delicious treats are a part of life that give me joy and re-fuel me to fight the good fight again tomorrow. On this blog, I hope to inform you of little steps to take to create a new healthier you from the inside out.
Here are three essential ingredients of a healthy lifestyle:
1 – Mealtime is a Priority
Try to eat at the same time every day. Try to eat as many veggies, fruits, and protein sources as you can. Allow yourself to incorporate grains, dairy, and desserts if your heart desires. Everything is ok for you….IN MODERATION. Drink a large glass of water before or with every meal.
2 – Stay active and don’t be lazy
Let’s go back to my sad weight gain story. I was much heavier than I had ever been in life but I was trying to get back on track and going to the gym more often. I also walked to class, as did almost every other freshmen. On top of that, I decided that I wasn’t going to use the elevator in my dorm any more. So, I walked up and down seven flights of stairs anytime I came and went from my room. I still try to use stairs wherever I go!
3 – Sleep
Lastly, your body (and mind) needs sleep to rejuvenate, heal, and even to continue to burn extra calories. Pay attention to how much sleep you are getting and how you feel in the mornings to figure out the amount of hours your body needs to feel its best.
I do my best to live by this mentality. I succeed some days and fail others, but the beauty in having a lifestyle–not being on a diet–is that I will always get another chance to do it right tomorrow.
Are you already living a healthy lifestyle? If so, what would you say your top three ingredients are? If you are thinking about starting this lifestyle, what is one thing you can do today to make you a healthier person tomorrow? Whatever that thing is, will you do it for yourself today?
If you enjoyed this post you may enjoy reading more about my healthy lifestyle path. Like this post on my path to clean eating. It takes years to change habits that are ingrained in you. Be patient and keep your focus on your goals.