So without further or due, my sweet, inspiring, gorgeous and super talented friend Nicole is here to share her way of a healthy lifestyle. Let's dive right on in to Nicole's way! Enjoy!
By Nicole Aguilar
New Year’s resolutions have come and gone. Did you make one? Have you given up already? Spring is in the air and with spring comes renewal. Like the New Year, it is also a chance to start over. Take a moment to think about what would make you a newer, healthier you. Have you been eating poorly? Not working out? Thinking negatively?
Here are a few tips and tricks for getting on the right path this Spring:
Clean out your closet. If you don’t wear it any more, get rid of it. Still has tags on it? Move it to where you can see and make a conscience effort to make an outfit out of it. Too small? If you want to lose weight to get back into them, KEEP IT! I know it sounds crazy, but that pair of skinny jeans is GREAT motivation. As you get back on track, try them on periodically. Nothing will beat the feeling of getting them on and buttoned! Too big? Toss it. Unless it’s something that can be worn oversized, don’t leave your “fat clothes” hanging around. That’s bad closet energy!
Eat fresh. Ditch the processed foods and start cooking. You don’t need to be a millionare to eat better. Introduce more fresh and raw fruits and veggies into your diet. Your digestive tract will thank you. Don’t forget to drink your water, too! Better food and water will naturally detox you.
Set small goals. Want to get back into working out? The “balls out” approach doesn’t work for everyone. If you’re trying to do an hour of cardio like you did 2 years ago, you might get discouraged when you want to fall over after 10 minutes. Making a weekly plan, depending on fitness level, will help you get back up to where you want to be. Example – 30 minutes of cardio on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3 days of heavy weights and 1 day of a fun outdoor activity. If you set small goals that are easily reachable, then you’re more likely to stick with it and excel.
Ditch the scale. I know I can get hung up on the number at times, too! But the best way to see if you’re reaching your goals is by looking in the mirror. 120lbs of muscle and 120lbs of fat are 2 VERY different reflections in the mirror. Snap a few pictures of yourself in the mirror. Front, side and back. In a few weeks, take the same shots. You may be amazed at the difference and it’s a difference the scale might not reflect.
Be patient. Change does not happen over night, nor should it. Trust yourself and your body. Just because you can’t see change, doesn’t mean there has been no change. Every day is a step onto a healthier path and to stay there, you have to think positive and stay focused.