I am by no means an expert at all. But I have figured out that as long as I eat ranch dressing on my chicken caesar wraps, it doesn’t matter how far I run, the number on the scale is going up. Like most (dare I say all?) girls, I have my fair share of things I don’t like about my body, and there’s always a new diet, miracle pill or exercise program to eat, take, or do. But this is what keeps me balanced and feeing good..
1. drink flavored water – especially in the hotter months. I like cucumber and mint or water with raspberries and strawberries. It’s so refreshing and when I open the refrigerator and see it, a lot of times I’ll reach for that instead of diet coke. Ordering water at a restaurant is ideal too – but let’s be honest it doesn’t always happen – so I usually get a diet coke AND a water, because maybe I’ll sip it. There’s also an app called waterlogged that helps you keep drinking by setting a goal and letting you know your progress. It makes it like a game and is a good reminder.
2. chew Cinnamon gum – I’m less likely to eat a doughnut or a chicken biscuit if there’s the taste of cinnamon in my mouth. According to this cinnamon is actually an appetite suppressant. I’ve always felt like that about coffee too. Who knows if it’s really true, but I choose to believe it.
3. sub hot tea for wine when you can – it pains me to say it, but with wine comes calories. A glass of wine is great to wind down with, but if you can swing it, hot tea has the same relaxing effect. So if it’s just you at home on a school night, creating a spa-like night and having hot tea and a bubble bath can be good for the mind, body, soul, and scale.
4. win a food contest eating vegetables – sometimes I could honestly win a food contest. You know what I’m talking about right? The times where you could just eat, and eat, and eat some more? And then after that still have dessert. When the bottomless pit mood strikes I put my favorite veggies (peppers, cucumbers, red onion) in a pan with garlic and balsamic vinegar and cook it until it smells good. Then I win that food contest…
5. remember that anything is better than nothing – sure, it’s great to run a marathon, do the buns of steel video 7 times or hike a mountain. But I’m just not that in to exercising. I try to remember though, that anything is better than nothing. Sometimes that’s 15 pushups in the den. Sometimes it’s running around the neighborhood listening to the new Taylor Swift song Bad Blood twice. Remembering that anything is better than nothing helps me not to get discouraged and getting back out there because … “anything is better than nothing.”
6. just say no – the just say no approach is what we were taught in the 6 grade about drugs. The lesson was: you have to decide what you’re going to say before you’re put in that situation because if you don’t know, then you have a greater chance of saying yes when Jimmy hands you the cigarette, thus starting the downward spiral of ruining your life with drugs. haha Little different application but same premise – I’ve learned that when I don’t make lists or when I think that I can “get those oreos just for David” I end up eating all the junk food in the house. So I try to “just say no” in the store because it’s SO much easier than saying no at 11 p.m. when the only witness is Nilla.
Do you have any other tips to add to this list? Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have a productive start to your week.