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Happy Thursday lovelies!
It’s almost the weekenddddd, we’re nearly there! Before we kick off Friday and the weekend tomorrow, I wanted to hop on and share some of the things I’m doing to get back to a healthy body this year. J and I booked a trip for the end of March to go visit my mom in Florida and I am soooo happy to get back on a beach. So, we decided to start hitting the gym hard this month and make some lifestyle changes to make sure we’re beach ready! Not to mention, we both just feel so much better when we’re eating healthier and sticking to a workout plan. There’s nothing better than feeling healthy, right?!
Here are a few things I’m doing to try to be the healthiest and best version of me that I can. Also, I feel like I should say here that everyone’s body is different and what works for some, might not work for others. I’m certainly no expert on the matters of health and fitness, but I do have a pretty good handle on what works for me.
Cooking & Eating Healthier Meals During the Week
J and I have done a pretty good job about cooking during the week and saving eating out for once or twice on the weekends. It’s really helped us save money and has forced us to learn how to cook, which we now love to do together! We weren’t always cooking the healthiest of meals though. We normally would make meals that we could heat up the next day for leftovers so we weren’t having to cook every single night during the week. This worked really well for us, however unfortunately, a lot of the meals we would make would be super cheesy casseroles or very filling dishes, which tasted super good, but weren’t the best for you health-wise.
We decided recently to start searching for and planning to cook healthier meals that were large enough to provide leftovers for us and we were surprised at how many we found! I now have a ton of them saved to my “Healthy Recipes” board on Pinterest, so it’s really easy for us to look through here each week and pick out a few recipes we want to cook. I also bought us this magnetic menu board for the fridge so we can fill out our meals for the week and plan for them. It makes grocery shopping a lot easier and helps hold us accountable as well so we don’t buy a bunch of food for the week to cook and then end up getting Taco Bell every night instead. (hehehe)
Exercising 3-4 Times Per Week
I’ve kind of been on and off with working out this year to be completely honest. I started the year off strong with working out every morning during the week and then, once J and I got COVID, I wasn’t able to work out for a few weeks. Then once I got back into it in February, the Winter Storm hit about a week later and derailed that for a couple weeks until we could get things back to normal. So here I am now in March, starting to pick it back up again since Jordan and I are heading to visit my mom and step dad in Florida at the end of this month. I ordered a ton of bikinis the other day and realized I probably needed to start exercising and working out to ensure they would fit with the size I ordered haha.
I’m doing well so far this month with my plan for working out! I don’t know if it’s because I’m excited to get in a bathing suit and get to lounge on the beach, or if I’m just happy to be exercising again, but I’ve felt motivated and so much better about getting my butt into gear! I’m still trying to stick to my original schedule of 3-4 workouts each week, but I’m making sure to switch them up a bit. If I do a Sweat App workout one day, I’ll try Yoga with Adriene the next to help with stretching and recovery. (I go more in detail about why I’m starting to pick up Yoga in last week’s post. Make sure to check it out!) I may take a walk the next day or do my mini stair stepper and then do a workout with just one specific muscle group, rather than do an entire HIIT workout, like I normally do. I’ve found this has worked better for me and I’m not feeling burned out like I often get with working out.
Cutting Down on Wine
Ugh. Now this one has been the hardest for me for sure. I LOVE my wine, I normally don’t even have a lot, especially during the week since I have to get up early for work each morning. I might have a glass or two every other night, but that’s normally it. But now, I’m trying to limit myself to only weekends to help cut down on the extra calories. It’s also made me feel a lot better during the week when I have to wake up in the mornings and has made me feel like my workouts are more meaningful! Plus, sometimes when I get up and do my workout in the morning rather than in the afternoon when I get home from work, it makes getting up an hour earlier a whole lot easier!
So those are my 3 things I’m doing to try to get back to a healthier me for the spring and summer season. I always feel so much better when I’m living a healthier life as well, so I’m happy to be on the right track.
I hope these tips help you if you find yourself wanting to get on a better, healthier track and need some tips to help jumpstart your fitness journey. Thanks for reading lovelies and I hope you all have a wonderful Friday tomorrow and a great weekend!