Stop Making Everything So Complicated!
Ok, so maybe you are not fat and instead you just want to be in better shape but no matter what you try you just can't seem to get there. I'll bet you have tried countless nutrition and fitness plans but ended up bailing on them because they were all just too damn complicated, didn't fit your lifestyle, or required too much time? If this sounds familiar please rest assured that you are not alone. I have talked to masses of people in the past who want to live a healthier lifestyle but get too bogged down in the details of whatever "diet" they are following at the time and just throw in the white flag.
The key is to figure out what works for you...keep it simple...and do it! Instead of dishing out a ton of money on the latest, biggest, and best diet and fitness plans on the market try this - Think about YOUR life and build a plan around it.
Get Out Your Calendar
Everyone has a different schedule - Maybe you are a stay at home Mom who's life is somewhat in check during the day but then gets insane after you pick the kids up from school. Maybe you are a CEO who travels frequently. Maybe you are a working Mom who has very little time to yourself except the weekends. Whoever you are, you have a complicated schedule and you need a food and workout plan that will work for your life and schedule. Odds are you probably have some days where there is not much going on after work/school/whatever and other days where you are going hard from the time your feet hit the floor in the morning until you go to sleep at night.
So, whoever you are...
- Get your calendar out. Update it with EVERYTHING you will be doing for the week.
- Determine which days you will have time to cook meals vs. which days you will really have no choice except to eat out or have something that you prepared on your less busy days.
- Determine which days you will have time for a workout (even if it's only 20 minutes) vs. which days there will be absolutely zero time to fit in a workout.
- Only plan for 1 week at a time...not a month, not a quarter, not a year. OMG - no one's life stays the same month after month, year after year. Planning your food and workout plan for anything more than a week at a time is asking for failure.
What to Eat and Which Workout Plan to Follow
You are smart and you don't need me to specify what you will eat and when you will eat it or exactly what workout you should do and when you should do it...Look at your calendar and your life and plan accordingly using these guidelines.
For real - keep it simple. Figure out which days you will have time to cook and which ones you won't. When you cook, make enough for a couple of meals. If you have no choice but to eat out then so be it. That's not an excuse to give up and cram your face with a ton of junk. Make smart choices. Stay away from fried shit and desserts.
- Plan your meals and put them on the calendar based on your schedule for the week.
- Try to stay away from junk like fried foods, alcohol, and sweets. I'm not telling you to give them up. Just try to minimize them. Make a rule for yourself like "This week I won't eat any dessert but during the game on Saturday I'll have some hotty toddy's and I'll enjoy every second of it." Or "This week I will not have any fried foods until Friday night when I go out with the girls." Whatever, the idea is to make a couple of small rules for yourself that won't leave you feeling restricted and deprived. Life is short. Live it.
- Try not too eat too many carbs in the evenings. So, don't say, "I can't have carbs". Instead, at night when you are craving some carbs say to yourself, "I can do without them tonight and instead I'll have a little treat tomorrow morning after my workout".
- If you need some ideas for healthy meals, try these. If you need ideas for healthy snacks try these.
- The point is, plan your meals and put them on your calendar. Don't totally deprive yourself but be smart about your choices.
Don't get bogged down in all the crap out there that says you must do a specific workout on a specific day at a specific time. Bluggghhh! It's all BS. Well it's probably not ALL BS but most of it is and what isn't BS is written for serious body trainers - not us everyday folks just trying to feel better about ourselves. Bottom line is that you need to be doing some cardio and you need to be doing some lifting. You can get workout ideas here.
- Shoot for working out 3-5 hours per week doing cardio, weight lifting, and/or meditation and stretching. If you can't do 3-5 hours then just do what you can - anything is better than nothing!
- On your free days try to do a longer workout so you can makeup for the days you can't fit one in. Or on the days you can't do a workout do some push-ups and squats and lunges before your shower, after your shower, before bed, whenever.
- The point is, figure out what you can do and when you can do it and put it on your calendar!
So hopefully this post will inspire you to simplify and enjoy your life by getting out your calendar, making a plan, and sticking to it the best you can. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this post and if you plan to implement my suggestions.