For the longest time I thought, if only I could get myself to go to the gym consistently, I’ll finally start hitting my fitness goals! I was at that point in my life where I wanted so many things to happen and I wanted achieve success in everything, but if I’m being honest with myself, I was lazy with a capital L! The few times I actually made it to the gym I felt super frustrated because I worked incredibly hard, or at least I thought so. All I know is, I thought I was working super hard, and then I would be super sore and it was just a pain, because I wasn’t seeing any results! We’ve all been there right? I soon realized you have to actually put in the work to progress down the path of health and wellness! I don’t mean going to the gym once maybe twice a week and lift five pound free weights, and run on the treadmill for three minutes. Granted, everyone starts somewhere, but the important thing is, you have to grow. You have to push yourself, and yeah, it is totally okay to start with five pound weights (I did) but you have to continue to build up and inch yourself closer to your goals every time. There are plenty of weight lifting plans and layouts available to you! I suggest you find one you like and really try to stay committed to it. The people who planned those, most likely know what they are talking about and have a lot of experience in the matter.
While regular exercise is essential to achieving fitness, progress is truly gained or lost in the kitchen. Your hard work in the gym will not erase the effects of improperly fueling your body. I personally had a terrible addiction to sugar, which is a whole different story, but the fact of the matter is, I was taking one step forward in the gym, but like five steps back with my diet. The hard part is no matter how hard I tried to eat healthy, I could not combat my sugar cravings! So I was still falling short with my fitness goals. Needless to say, Plexus helped with my sugar cravings, but it was only then, when I actually had a healthy diet going, that I was truly reaching my goals. Not to say along the way I didn’t make progress, but it was slow and difficult. My poor diet made getting to the gym hard because I had no energy what so ever! My body was pushing itself to crazy limits, but I wasn’t giving it all the nutrients it needed to keep going.
There are a variety of tips and tricks to help you tackle the diet part of fitness. I’m going to name a few that I think are pretty important.
- You want to start your day off on the right foot. Make sure your breakfast is high in protein and low in sugar. The protein will help give a full feeling as well as giving you the energy to conquer the day. Not having sugar first thing in the morning doesn’t allow your blood to spike and then later crash.
- Eat regularly and frequently, don’t wait until the end of the day to pig out. This is also important because if you don’t have enough calories in your system your body starts to turn muscle into fat. Essentially, it’s going into survival mode because it doesn’t have enough energy.
- Drink LOTS of water. Hydrating your body is just as important as fueling your body. Remember to drink half your bodyweight in ounces, even if you aren’t exercising!
- If you have a sugar addiction like me, one, you need to get your gut in check, but two, when you find yourself craving something sugary, eat a piece of fruit. A fruit that is super sweet, like mango, or strawberries. This will satisfy the sugar craving, without the regret of consuming unneeded artificial sugars and flavorings.
Regardless of where you are starting or where you are at in your health and wellness journey, keeping the 70/30 rule in mind will really help you reach your fitness goals. Not to mention, it just makes you feel better when you have the proper nutrients at the right times! Take care of your body because it is worth it! We are blessed to have a vessel that does so much for us! Take advantage of it, take care of it now, because you’ll regret it in a couple of years when you start to feel that age might not be just a number and your poor decisions have come back to haunt you.