It’s definitely the most popular trend these days. Over the years I’ve learned that losing weight isn’t everything, but being HEALTHY is. Once I stopped worrying so much about my weight and more about my health, the pounds started melting away.
Being healthy= BEAUTIFUL, GORGEOUS, VIBRANT, HAPPY, ENERGETIC!!!
I’ve got some tips to share with you today. Tips that will help you focus more on being healthy. I’m not going to teach you how to to count calories, cut carbs, exercise like a maniac, hang pictures of skinny super models to motivate you. It’s about providing your body with an abundance of nutrients, getting plenty of sleep, exercising 15 minutes a day (yes I said 15 minutes, that’s all it takes), looking in the mirror and loving YOUR body just the way it is.
TIP #1~ SLEEP
First and foremost. You’re not going to get anywhere on less sleep. You may think that waking up earlier and staying up later will provide more time to get things done, but you won’t be doing your body any favors. I’m learning this. Us moms could ALWAYS use more time in the day right? Often times we try to fit it ALL in each day. We get up before the kids, and stay up way after they fall asleep. But we all know how this makes us feel. TIRED. ALL. THE. TIME. So the solution is to take a few things off your to-do list in exchange for a little more sleep. This will have huge benefits in all aspects of your life.
TIP #2~ LESS IS MORE
I’m talking about your exercise routine. How many of you think that in order to see results you have to kill yourself at the gym for at least an hour each day? I’ve recently been introduced to a new way of thinking when it comes to working out. Pete Cerque, the author of the new book called The High Intensity Fitness Revolution has taught me that shorter more intense work outs are WAY more effective. In this book he explains the science behind it along with step by step pictures of how to do his work out program in 15 minutes or less. It all makes complete sense to me. Back when I was in my early 20’s I used to work out like a maniac, even trained and ran a marathon. I was heavier and thicker than ever before. I’m not just talking about muscle. I was definitely flabby and this was even BEFORE having kids.
He has a book for women and one for men. Pete Cerque owns and operates the 90-Second Fitness flagship studio in New York City. He’s one of New York’s most respected and in-demand fitness trainers. People are paying top dollar for a training session with him. He has been helping people lose weight for more than twenty years.
I LOVE the idea of shorter work outs. It’s hard as moms to find the time to sneak away to the gym, or to even work out at home. I’ve tried getting on my treadmill regularly but rarely do I finish without an interruption or two. The kids are fighting, need me to help them with something, want a snack, a drink, a toy. It’s always something. I’m sure all you moms can appreciate the “less is more” concept. We want results, but the reality is we only have 15 minutes. Also, I’ve actually been doing the work outs WITH the kids and they are loving it. It’s become a family affair. So here’s your challenge:
TRY this work out program, the book is less than $10 on amazon. What do you have to lose? You’ve got your baby weight to lose that’s what. Don’t we all :).
TIP #3~ CLEANSE
Cleansing the body is a MUST! Imagine never changing the oil in your car for 30 years. That’s pretty much what it’s like when you don’t cleanse the body regularly (about every 3-6 months is recommended). Our food isn’t what it once was, neither is the air we breath or the water we drink. Unfortunately times have changed over the last 100 years. Obesity rates are staggering and serious health conditions continue to rise.
The purpose of cleansing:
- To dissolve and eliminate toxins and congestion that have formed inside your body.
- To cleanse the kidneys and the digestive system.
- To purify the glands and cells throughout the entire body.
- To build a healthy blood stream.
- To keep youth and skin elasticity regardless of our years.
- To lose excess weight.
- To increase energy, and mental clarity.
Get weight loss and cleansing off to a fast start with the 9-day supply of the Cleansing and Fat Burning System. Seven pounds is the average weight loss for people using the Cleanse and Fat Burning System for nine days.* The five nutritional components of the system help you cleanse while infusing your body with premium nutrients for optimum health and safe weight loss. Stimulant free.
Here are the before and after photos of my sister in-law Andrea. She lost over 90 lbs with this system.
Check out the videos in the front page of my website (www.wannabelean.com) to learn more about cleansing.
One thing you might like to know about this system, is that it comes with FREE coaching. Guess who will be your personal cleansing coach and cheerleader???? Yours truly :). I get so excited about this program because I’ve seen hundreds of amazing stories just like Andrea’s. I was personally able to lose 25 lbs and go from a size 10 to a 5 (you’ll see my before and after pics in my sidebar) and keep it off for almost 9 years now. I’ve even had THREE kids since then. I never thought in a million years I’d be a size 5 after having 3 kids. It’s been a dream come true for me. Check out the FAQ blog post I did a while back as well as our Financial Success Story.
TIP #4~ DRINK
No I’m not talking about alcohol. I’m talking about water of course. Duh, we all know this right? water is essential to better health. Try drinking warm lemon water first thing in the mornings.
Juice regularly. Read more on the benefits of juicing and about the juicer I have.
Here is my favorite juicing recipe.
Drink green smoothies. I like to alternate between juicing and having smoothies. Juicing can be a lot of work so I’d say I juice about 2-3 times a week and have green smoothies on every other day. I like to add all kinds of things to my green smoothies. Kale, ginger, spinach, parsley, pineapple, cucumber, kiwi, strawberries, banana, and squeeze some lemon juice in there. I just throw in what ever I have.
TIP #5~ PLAN AHEAD
I’ve found it to be much easier to eat healthy when I plan out my week. Plan out your meals, buy a bunch of fresh produce and spend a day preparing what you can. Chop up the carrots, celery, apples, ect. Put them in separate baggies so they are ready to go. I also like to prepare a few salads for the week. Of course don’t add the dressing or cheese until just before you’re ready to eat it. This will keep the lettuce nice and crisp for you.
TIP #6~ USE HEALTHY SUBSTITUTES
We all know that the healthiest diet is RAW fruits and veggies. But WHO can really do that? I sure can’t. I love bread. I love cheese and I love ice-cream even more. So the only way to do this is to find healthy alternatives. Like this yummy cauliflower crust pizza. We tried this recipe last week and it was AMAZING!!!
I’ve also tried using coconut flour, almond flour, and brown rice flour instead of regular white flour. You can make some pretty awesome treats with this stuff and it’s WAY better for you and gluten free. Check out the recipes on this website.
TIP #7~ LOVE YOUR BODY
Look in the mirror every day and tell yourself you are one sexy chick! Love your shape, love your curves, love your saggy stretched out skin your sweet babies gave you. We wouldn’t change it for the world right. Be grateful for your HEALTH.
People are always asking me what my secret to staying thin is. So there ya have it. My 7 secrets to a healthy body. Now I want to know YOUR secrets.