Make Your Diet Easier to Stick To With These Seven Tips

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I don’t like the word “dieting” in the sense that there are SO many fad “diets” out there that restrict food groups, calories and have ridiculous rules that everyone eventually breaks. In any of my posts when I say the word diet, I am talking about the food you consume on a daily basis, rather than a set of rules stating you can ONLY eat cabbage soup or drink lemon water. I will emphasize that I am not an advocate for fad diets, detoxes, juice fasts, etc. Your diet should be a sustainable lifestyle choice with plenty of balance. This means incorporating foods from all food groups and eating correct portion sizes.

Make your diet easier to stick with starting today by following these simple and effective steps. Revamp your pantry, fill your fridge with the right foods and prepare your snacks in advance. Go grocery shopping on Sunday to stock your home with whole foods. This will make it simple to stick to your healthy eating program. Then get rid of all the temptation foods in your home that could make it hard to stay on track. And just so you do not feel deprived allow yourself one cheat meal per week. This can be the perfect time to dine out!

These are my seven tested and tried true ways to making sticking to your new diet work.

1. MAKEOVER YOUR PANTRY

Give your pantry a makeover and fill it with whole grains, nuts, and foods that nourish your body. This will make snack time even easier and create healthy meals a breeze. Preparation is the key to weight loss success so prepare your pantry pronto, girlfriend!

2. FILL YOUR FRIDGE WITH THE RIGHT FOODS

Get rid of the cheese and processed foods and replace with fruits and veggies. If you fill your fridge with the right foods, you will find it so easy to stick to your diet. Then it will no longer be a diet just a way of life.

3. PREPARE SNACKS IN ADVANCE

Cut up veggies and arrange snacks like hummus in the fridge for your convenience and ease and to stick to the plan. Sometimes the sheer thought of creating snacks and meals can be stressful. If you're prepared when hunger or the 3 pm snack attack strikes, you just have to open up the fridge, grab and go!

4. GET RID OF TEMPTATION FOODS

If you know chips, cookies, and crackers tend to be your weak points, eliminate these temptations from your home. In fact, why are they even there? Make sure you toss all your unhealthy food from your home and start on a clean, healthy slate!

5. PLAN OUT YOUR WEEKLY HEALTHY MENU

So Monday is lettuce wrap night, Tuesday it is turkey tacos on a whole wheat wrap, Wednesday is quinoa and veggies and so on and so on. Create a healthy weekly menu, and this will help you as you go shopping so you can shop for these ingredients while also helping you to stay on the right track to super slim success! Need som ideas? Check out Amanda Meixner aka @meowmeix or Tina Chow aka @fitchickscook for inspo.

6. ALLOW YOURSELF ONE CHEAT MEAL A WEEK

So you have been so good and committed to your healthy eating all week, you go girlfriend! Now it is Saturday night, and you have a dinner invite at your favorite Thai restaurant. Before you decline, remember it is time to allow yourself a cheat meal. (Remeber it's a cheat meal, not a cheat day.) If you are good all week long, it is perfectly okay to celebrate and allow yourself one cheat meal! Savor each bite and enjoy; after all, you earned it!

7. REWARD YOURSELF WITH A NEW FITNESS TOP

If you have been on track all week long, you deserve to celebrate your commitment to change. This is healthy change so celebrate by allowing yourself to shop for a new workout top, shorts or other fitness motivation to inspire you to continue on this path! So with these super-effective tips, follow along. This will make it easier for you to stick with the program to a healthier, leaner and happier you. And you may just rediscover yourself in the process!

4 Ways To Get Back On Track After An Indulgent Weekend

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Did someone say shots? Now, these are my kinda shots 😉  After a holiday weekend, wellness shots are what we all need! So, this weekend was Easter 🐣 and I'm sure you had a great time. Did you eat your weight in Easter chocolate this weekend? It's ok, don't beat yourself up. We all fall off track. Even those of us with the strongest of willpower may have strayed away from our workouts or regular eating habits. It’s perfectly normal, and we can all relate to this.

Did you eat your weight in Easter chocolate this weekend? It's cool if you did. I'm not judging!

Seriously... It's ok, don't beat yourself up. We all fall off track. Even those of us with the strongest of willpower may have strayed away from our workouts or regular eating habits. It’s perfectly normal, and we can all relate to this.

If you’ve fallen off course, it isn’t the end of the world. it sure might seem like it is at the moment, but it’s not. Rather than freaking out, you must recognize that you want to get back on track. Don’t beat yourself up mentally.

Whether the scale is reading higher than normal, or our clothes fit a little snug, you must do your very best to be compassionate and kind to yourself. When achieving any goal, there will be wins and there will be losses. It’s normal and part of the journey.

The right mindset will make all the difference in getting back into our routine. Here are some smart and simple healthy choices that you incorporate and practice daily that will help you get back on track:

1. Stay hydrated and drink water. Choose water as your drink whenever possible. Water has no calories, tastes great, quenches our thirst, helps flush toxins from our bodies, and the list goes on and on. Choose water. All day. Every day.

2. Get back to a normal sleep schedule. Late night parties and pulling all-nighters can lead to poor sleep habits. Poor sleep can negatively affect metabolism. Try your best to get a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

3. Write down a small daily fitness goal that includes some type of exercise. If we choose a small goal — go for a walk, get 30 minutes on the treadmill, practice 20 minutes of yoga.

4. Maintain a positive attitude. This might be the most important one! When it comes to successful weight loss, one of the most important things to remember is the power of positivity. Tell yourself that you cannot do something and you won't; however, tell yourself that you can do something and you will! This is true for weight loss too. We are all capable of doing anything we want as long as we believe in ourselves. Keep negative self-talk out of your words and don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day – tomorrow provides another chance to do things right!

Hope this bit of advice helps! 😘

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5 Things You Need To Do To Unlock Your Inner Strength for Success

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We all know that person, the one who seems to have it all together. She accomplishes everything she puts her mind to, she seems to have it all, and they make it look so easy. How do they do that? 5 Things You Need To Do To Unlock Your Inner Strength for Success letsregale.com

Here's the truth, you too can be that person. We are all fully capable of greatness; we just don’t all get there. Many of us are afraid to take action, make changes, fear failure or lack persistence. The good thing is you can achieve that inner strength. You hold all the potential you need, but it will take a bit of a convincing. Here are some ideas to think about to draw into your inner strength to accomplish anything you set your mind to.

Visualize it, seeing is believing

Sit down and actually think about what you want to achieve and set some goals. Write them down and be very precise about what you WILL achieve. Create a vision board. Cut out pictures, quotes or images that inspire you to reach those goals. Once it is done, put it up somewhere you can see it every day. When you get to your goal, create a new one or add to the current one, but always keep that vision in your mind. In doing so, you are well on your way to being that success.

Keep A Clear Mind Like A Clear Blue Sky

Keep your mind like a clear blue sky and simply let clouds pass by. Whether it is your own thoughts or someone else, if it is not positive then you do not need it. Stay on your path, positive and on track! If you let situations dictate your mindset, you'll constantly feel stressed, overwhelmed, and anxious. If instead you simply let things happen and pass you by, you will be in control. Choose for yourself. You decide.

Practice Makes Perfect

Do you know anyone who trains to be in second place? I don't. If you are going to show up, why not show up to win. This means you put into practice anything necessary to be the best that you can be. That may include giving up some indulgences to do that extra study session, finish a project at work, or a gym sweat sesh. Perhaps stick to your good, cleaning eating plan or getting extra sleep. It will take some extra effort on your part, but remember that practice makes perfect.

"The distance between your dreams and reality is called action"

Strong, Positive Wing-people.

Surround yourself with people who are confident, positive, and successful. Individuals who can act as a role model to inspire you to tap into your own greatness. You'll be surprised at how peer pressure, can have a positive influence as well to drive your actions!

Self Controlling Willpower

You might think you have absolutely no will power, but that is entirely wrong. Your willpower and self-control are locked up right now without a key, but you can be your gatekeeper and unlock it! It takes some discipline, but studies show that people who exhibit real willpower tend to be more successful in reaching their goals. It sometimes takes some mental aggression! Try these simple tests to your willpower. Choose NOT to watch your favorite TV show, stay off of your social media for one night, get up out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off in the morning, stop yourself from that double caramel latte for one week. The more obstacles you undertake, the stronger your willpower will become, and you can then apply it to bigger things and just watch how quickly you will begin to attain your goals and be successful.

How do unlock your inner strength for success?