Hello readers! My name is Christie, one of Nicole’s fellow Elf 4 Healthers and blogger over at christiekoester.blogspot.com.
Christie from Minnesota. I’m a mom of a 20-month-old, a wifey, a full-time Marketing and Communications Manager and a huge health and fitness nut and lover of beer and wine and travel and so on (still can be healthy and sip a craft beer or two and eat pizza!).
Life is busy. I promise I’m somewhat exciting and can get into your mind in some way or another. If you love Nicole’s contagious energy and inspirational healthy outlook on life, you might relate to my post as well.
Really, don’t worry. Nicole and I swapped blogs for the day and you can still find her super hilar and inspiring post (on running) over on christiekoester.blogspot.com. You guys have one awesome role model to read up on.
“Why the swap?” you ask. Nicole and I are both partaking in the Elf 4 Health challenge, a month-long program filled with daily challenges, all with the goal of helping each other lead healthier lives during the holiday season (I’m now the proud owner of two Bondi Bands and have a monthly membership to healthy nuts delivered on my doorstep. I know what you’re thinking…this chick IS NUTS. I swear it’s been a blast. Follow my tweets and see for yourself).
Today’s challenge is to share your expertise, so Brianna (another Elf 4 Healther – there are a lot of us little elves…like 1000) put together this blog swap. You can find a whole linkup of posts over on Brianna’s blog, Martial Arts and Hockey Girl or Elle’s (she helped organize the whole challenge) blog, Nutritionella.
Trust me. I get the time thing. There isn’t enough of it in the day, especially now during the holidays. However, I read a quote somewhere that resonated with me and it might with you too:
“Everyone has the same amount of time in a day: 24 hours. It just depends on how you use it. Some choose to use their time by making the world better; others use it wishing they could make the world better, and then there are the rest of us who just sits back to watch the world hoping someone will find the time to make it better.”
Get what I’m saying here? It’s always up to YOU to make the choice how you plan to spend your day and how you’re going to live out that day. Now don’t get me wrong, my 20-month-old dictates a lot of my time (and that was THE hardest part of becoming a mom!). He gets most of me most of the time, but he also isn’t up 24 hours a day. Again, see quote above.
After I had my son, I lost my baby weight fairly quickly. Now before you go rolling your eyes at me – I’m not talking 6-pack abs here – I had to work very hard at it. But I was asked a lot by people to share FIVE GOLDEN PIECES OF ADVICE on how I did it. Here they are (in no particular order).
- GET SLEEP FIRST. After I became a mom, I was dog tired. Like remember when you pulled an all-nighter in college? Or you partied until 4 a.m., only to do it again the next night, but you were able to sleep a whole bunch in between? Well, take that sleep equation out and add weeks, even MONTHS (over a year for me!) of little sleep. It sucked. I don’t know about you, but I’m not nice to be around when I’m tired. I eat more. I whine more. I’m a sludge on the couch. I don’t want to move. I can’t think of anything but when I get to sleep again. Being tired is not a good thing. And unhealthy. Do what you have to do to get enough sleep where you have ENERGY and the DRIVE to plow ahead and tackle the world. It will be your best friend.
- LESS IS MORE. I’m talking about ingredients here. I do NOT buy ANY sugar-free, fat-free, low fat foods. At all. My brother worked at a company that made all this stuff and witnessed how it’s made. Trust me when I say it’s not good. Plus, I refuse to put food in my mouth with ingredients I can’t pronounce or a list that’s longer than my grocery receipt. Fuel your body with NATURAL earth born ingredients. Once I did this, I was rarely hungry and I stopped craving all the crap out there.
- LISTEN. Meaning listen to your body. I don’t know about you but when I eat that awesome looking (and smelling) brownie and wash it down with some ice cream and then some hot fudge, I’m ready to zonk out 20 minutes later. I feel like a zombie. Or if I eat too much salt, my heart races and I’m on edge. If I don’t get enough water, I’m exhausted and anxious. The question here is…do I have the power to change how I will feel once I stick any of these foods or liquids I mentioned above in my mouth? YES. Before I eat anything that I know isn’t the wisest choice, I ask myself…CHRISTIE, IS THIS WORTH how you’re going to feel in 20 minutes? If the answer is going to be – You will be tired and lose energy – then see #1. I can’t afford to be tired. It ruins everything. Get this though. I can have a few bites of the brownie and feel great. NEVER DEPRIVE! And I stop craving it. BOOM.
- EXERCISE WITH YOUR HEART. Cute saying, huh? Ha. No pun intended. I’m talking about finding an activity you love. There is SO much fun stuff out there and super cute clothes to boot! I was just telling Nicole I tried out a Bootcamp at one studio for free (totally DIED but loved), then I finagled a FREE training session with a NEW trainer at my gym, THEN I heard about a new Pilates studio opening in Minnesota and tried that for FREE!!! Trust me. There are TONS of gyms and studios opening that offer FREE stuff. ASK. Also, being a mom, I find it hard to make it to the gym so I find an open space on the floor and do burpees or chase my son up and down the stairs. He loves it. And I love it more. I hear him laugh a lot and I get a work out. WIN-WIN!
- Meal Plan. I’d be lost without this. I collect healthy recipes. I’m on Pinterest. I do what I have to do to have a stash of these handy. Every Sunday I pull them out and pick our menu. I write out grocery list for the week and that is how we eat healthy every night. If I did not do this, If I did not have the food in our fridge, If I did not budget and clip coupons, we would be in a world of hurt here.
There you have it. My 5 tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. With all that said, what is the hardest part about becoming healthier in your mind?
What is the hardest part about living a healthier lifestyle? Leave a comment and we’ll help you stay inspired!
Any tips from health and fitness experts out there?