When you have a full life of responsibilities and commitments, one of the best ways to bring a sense of calm and order is to simplify.
For the #make1change challenge on the blog and in my personal life our focus is on nutrition. As I stated in Day 2 where I talk about my motivation, I plan to use Women’s Health’s Flat Belly Workouts booklet as my “Fitness Bible” in the coming weeks. After flipping through this booklet at the grocery store, their section on nutrition is what won me over.
I like a simple set of “rules” or plans to follow when I’m making a change that I want to stick. Their 5 Flat Belly Mantras were exactly what I need. I’ve followed my own plan in the past and it was very similar to what Women’s Health shares in their book. Here’s the “rules” I will be living by when it comes to my nutrition.
Flat Belly Mantra #1: “I will not be afraid of lifting weights.” A time in my life when I was most consistent and saw real results was when I incorporated 2-3 days of resistance training into my workout rotation. I attended group aerobics classes and we used free weights and our own body weight for resistance. The extra muscle I built from lifting weights helped me keep the weight off. It also helped me run faster and longer.
“Dieters who lifted weights lost nearly 40% more fat than those with traditional cardio, even though exercise time was the same.” – quote from Women’s Health
Flat Belly Mantra #2: “I will make green my new favorite color.” Vegetables provide multiple health benefits. Not only do they provide our body with nutrients it needs, they also aid in weight loss. My daily goal is to have vegetables with every meal.
Flat Belly Mantra #3: “I will trade empty calories for carbs.” I made one change prior to starting this challenge. I’ve stopped eating sugary snacks, candy or desserts. For me my sweet intake was becoming a bad habit. This isn’t the first time I’ve done this. Giving up sugar helps me feel better mentally and physically.
Flat Belly Mantra #4: “I will become best friends with protein.” Protein is really good at satisfying hunger. The book and a previous dietitian I had encouraged me to always have a little protein with every meal and snack.
Flat Belly Mantra #5: “I will drink lots of water.”
These sound so simple, right? Good! We want to keep our changes simple so that we can stick with them. These 5 mantras are what I will be living by over the next couple of weeks and possibly beyond. Tomorrow, I’m planning to post a video of where I’m starting from physically. We may not see a big difference physically after 21 days, but I can share how I’m feeling. I plan to go beyond the 21 days so the video will be a good benchmark for my progress.
Can you think of a mantra or “rule” you can use to keep you motivated to keep moving forward with the challenge?
I hope you will join me in focusing on making 1 change for 21 days in a specific area of your life. The details to get you started are in this blog post: Let’s Do This!
Destined to Win!