- FRUIT & VEGETABLES –If it falls from a tree, then it’s safe to say it’s a good option. The idea is to try and eat foods that have not been altered by humans in any way. Try and buy local from the nearest farmer’s market, this way you are guaranteed quality produce, along with supporting your local farmers!
- LEAN MEATS –Meat is not our enemy. Lean meats are a fantastic source of protein, which creates lean muscle and keeps you feeling fuller for longer – BONUS! When buying meat, stick to lean, quality meats from your local butcher.
- GRAINS –Think ‘whole’ grains. Things like brown rice, quinoa, rye breads and oatmeal are all good options. Steer clear of ‘white’ breads, pasta and rice – brown is best!
- FEWER PACKAGED FOODS –Just because it claims to be healthy, doesn’t mean it’s a good choice. Many packaged foods are a company’s advertisement, attempting to lure shoppers into buying their product. You will find that there are many hidden nasties in foods found in the supermarket that can negatively impact your health.
- H20 IS THE WAY TO GO –Keep yourself hydrated all day long, and the best way to do that is good old fashioned water! Most drinks found in the supermarket are full of sugar, even some orange juice! The best option is to juice your own at home, so much better for you!
Get the lithe legs, lean core, and toned tush — plus the poise — of a dancer with this DIY workout.
This “barre burner” challenges your balance and strengthens your core, hips, and legs. Rest your fingertips on a chair or table, and don’t pinch your back or lean too heavily on your “barre”: You’ll miss the benefits.
What It Does: Works the entire lower body; builds balance and stability.
The Abs Have It
One of the biggest motivations for any workout is getting the ab definition of a goddess, but it’s pretty tough to navigate just how to get there. This crash course in washboard workouts will have you sweating and crunching in no time [and nearly all of them are free! More money for this, I suppose]. Enjoy!
Sparkpeople 15-Minute Abs Workout
Tara Stiles Yoga for Strong Abs
Sadi Nardini Ab Transformer
Sadi Nardini Yoga for Core Strength
Body Rock Kissable Abs
Body Rock Epic Abs
Fitness Model Abs Workout
Victoria’s Secret Abs Workout
SarahFit Endless Summer Abs
HULU FITNESS CHANNEL WORKOUTS
Envy Girls Abs of Envy
SELF Firm Flat Abs Fast!
Exercise TV Incredible Abs
Jillian Michael’s Mini Workouts: Abs
‘The Situation’s’ Ab Workout [jk. kind of.]
Jillian Michaels Six-Week Six-Pack
Crunch-Free Extreme Abs
Pilates Workout for Abs
Yoga for Fit Abs DVD
ONLINE PRINTABLE WORKOUTS
Lady Gaga’s Ab Workout
Sadi Nardini Ab Transformer
Women’s Health Flat Abs Workout
FitSugar Ab Workout
12 Foods for a Flat Belly
Eating to Flatten Your Stomach
Jillian Michaels on Abs
[Originally posted on MatchstickMolly.com]
With a small amount of initial discipline, you can create a new habit that requires little effort to maintain. Here are some tips for creating new habits and making them stick:
1. Commit to Thirty Days – Three to four weeks is all the time you need to make a habit automatic. If you can make it through the initial conditioning phase, it becomes much easier to sustain. A month is a good block of time to commit to a change since it easily fits in your calendar.
2. Make it Daily – Consistency is critical if you want to make a habit stick. If you want to start exercising, go to the gym every day for your first thirty days. Going a couple times a week will make it harder to form the habit. Activities you do once every few days are trickier to lock in as habits.
3. Start Simple – Don’t try to completely change your life in one day. It is easy to get over-motivated and take on too much. If you wanted to study two hours a day, first make the habit to go for thirty minutes and build on that.
4. Remind Yourself – Around two weeks into your commitment it can be easy to forget. Place reminders to execute your habit each day or you might miss a few days. If you miss time it defeats the purpose of setting a habit to begin with.
5. Stay Consistent – The more consistent your habit the easier it will be to stick. If you want to start exercising, try going at the same time, to the same place for your thirty days. When cues like time of day, place and circumstances are the same in each case it is easier to stick.
6. Get a Buddy – Find someone who will go along with you and keep you motivated if you feel like quitting.
7. Form a Trigger – A trigger is a ritual you use right before executing your habit. If you wanted to wake up earlier, this could mean waking up in exactly the same way each morning. If you wanted to quit smoking you could practice snapping your fingers each time you felt the urge to pick up a cigarette.
8. Replace Lost Needs - If you are giving up something in your habit, make sure you are adequately replacing any needs you’ve lost. If watching television gave you a way to relax, you could take up meditation or reading as a way to replace that same need.
9. Be Imperfect – Don’t expect all your attempts to change habits to be successful immediately. It took me four independent tries before I started exercising regularly. Now I love it. Try your best, but expect a few bumps along the way.
10. Use “But” – A prominent habit changing therapist once told me this great technique for changing bad thought patterns. When you start to think negative thoughts, use the word “but” to interrupt it. “I’m no good at this, but, if I work at it I might get better later.”
11. Remove Temptation - Restructure your environment so it won’t tempt you in the first thirty days. Remove junk food from your house, cancel your cable subscription, throw out the cigarettes so you won’t need to struggle with willpower later.
12. Associate With Role Models - Spend more time with people who model the habits you want to mirror. A recent study found that having an obese friend indicated you were more likely to become fat. You become what you spend time around.
13. Run it as an Experiment - Withhold judgment until after a month has past and use it as an experiment in behavior. Experiments can’t fail, they just have different results so it will give you a different perspective on changing your habit.
14. Swish - A technique from NLP. Visualize yourself performing the bad habit. Next visualize yourself pushing aside the bad habit and performing an alternative. Finally, end that sequence with an image of yourself in a highly positive state. See yourself picking up the cigarette, see yourself putting it down and snapping your fingers, finally visualize yourself running and breathing free. Do it a few times until you automatically go through the pattern before executing the old habit.
15. Write it Down – A piece of paper with a resolution on it isn’t that important. Writing that resolution is. Writing makes your ideas more clear and focuses you on your end result.
16. Know the Benefits - Familiarize yourself with the benefits of making a change. Get books that show the benefits of regular exercise. Notice any changes in energy levels after you take on a new diet.
17. Know the Pain – You should also be aware of the consequences. Exposing yourself to realistic information about the downsides of not making a change will give you added motivation.
18. Do it For Yourself - Don’t worry about all the things you “should” have as habits. Instead tool your habits towards your goals and the things that motivate you. Weak guilt and empty resolutions aren’t enough.
I don’t like to re-blog things like this very often, however—I think all of this is extremely helpful, useful information.
I can go through this entire list and admit I’ve done most of them.
It’s so important to create good habits! And it makes this lifestyle EASY and you don’t even have to think about it after a while!
You can do it! It’s not easy, but it is very possible. :)