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We are a little over halfway done with the first month on 2020!! It sounds o crazy to even say this out loud! Time is already flying by. I have set some goals and I have been evaluating them over the last week. Doing so made me reminisce on the progress I have made over the last 3 years and more so over the last year and a half when I really decided to take my life into my hand (and Gods) and really take care of myself.

Over the last year and a half, I have made it a priority to be healthier. This ranges from  eating better, taking supplements, to working out regularly and beyond. I will tell you it has not been easy and some days I had to remember the reasons why I was doing it. In the long run, it has been totally worth it! Since I know these journeys are very common for people as part of their New Year’s Resolutions, I want to share with you a few of the I did that helped make a “health journey” a little easier. Hopefully this will help you as you are starting yours or even if you are thinking it is too hard already!

NO DIETS

I hate when people say, “I am starting a diet”. I see a diet as a short-term plan to help you reach a short-term goal. If you start a diet, lose 10 pounds, succeed and then go off the said diet, you will likely gain every pound back. Yes, this maybe a mental thing I tell myself, but it works! I do not do diets but rather make lifestyle changes. If you want long-term results, you have to make long-term changes.

While some dietary plans may have diet in the name, do not let it define the longevity of it. When you are getting healthy, you don’t do it for 30 days or even just 90 days. It needs to become a lifestyle change and be followed for the unforeseeable future! It is ok to modify as you go to fit your bodies needs in there. For example, I followed Paleo very strictly for about 8 months. I felt great at first and then slowly started becoming tired and low on energy. I modified how I was eating some by adding more carbs back in with gluten free pasta and more vegetables and my energy levels increased.

SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

When I first started my health journey it was after birthed my second beautiful child and I had gained nearly 50 pounds. I think I must have done something wrong because the baby weight did not just fall off me while breastfeeding like I had read about! My husband and I booked our honeymoon ( a few years late) for just 5 months after she was born. I was determined to be able to feel good about myself in my two-piece and wanted to look good too! So, I started walking and running some but still did not see the results I wanted. I started a 15 Day Mommy Fit Challenge and did see some great results but still not where I wanted to be. I felt let down because I watched the videos of other moms trimming up and looking great just weeks after having a baby and here,  I was still almost 15 pounds from my goal weight. When you are short, those 15 extras pounds can really mess with ya! I went on that vacation feeling like a bowl of jelly.

After that I realized that everyone is different. We will not all drop weight or tone up like someone else. It is important to understand your body and know what it is capable of. Then, base your goals off of that. These days I know better than to give into a single 15 days routine to look my best so I plan head and will complete at least 30 days before looking for the results I want! Don’t base your results off of anyone else’s!

DONT BUY IT

When I was starting my health journey, I knew it would be hard to get my husband on board with all the healthy foods. So, I kept buying the junk food I knew he liked and lets face it, me too! I would then end up eating it too. This makes it really hard to stay on track and reach goals. I found myself almost blacking out and eating a whole bag of chips one night then feeling horrible when I didn’t reach a goal set that week. It was not worth it at all, plus my face broke out too!

 So, I have found it easiest that if you have people who are not on the same journey you are on for them to buy their own snack food. This made me feel like it was not mine so I could not eat it. It helped me mentally be able to resist. If you have children that you think may not be on the same journey, get them on it. They will thank you later! My kids eat just about everything my husband and I eat and are now not picky eaters unless they are in a “mood”!

I am not one to make more than one meal either unless I think our meal will take a while to cook or if it is special for my husband and I and we eat after the kids. Cooking one meal is way easier and less messy! There are some really good ways to cook healthy that the whole family will enjoy. Find your preferred food plan (paleo, keto, low carb, etc.) and then just Google healthy recipes for it! You wont be let down! However, don’t let feeding your family what they will eat (junk food), override your health journey. Getting a family on the same bandwagon is not always easy, I know, but if you can start with the food, the rest will fall into place and the whole family will be better for it! Also, if you are just starting out and eating healthy seems to be too expensive right now, cut your portions in half. Plate the food up for the family and then immediately put the leftovers away so you are not tempted to go back for seconds.

I hope that these few tips help you reach your goal and motivate you to be the best you can be! This journey is not always going to be easy, but I am here for you, cheering you on! You Got This! Best of luck!

Check me out on Instagram @thesquirrellymom and tag me in your pics of you going after your health goals no matter what they are!

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