Challenge Yourself


Good Morning!!!

I thought it was time for another Motivation Monday! Everyone seems to say “I will start Monday”, well it’s Monday so get started!! Make today “THE DAY” you start adding new healthy habits to your life and kicking some bad habits to the curb. It takes more than one week to make something a habit, so give it time and pretty soon it will become second nature.

Challenge Yourself

If you are wanting to challenge yourself this month, and want to give your new healthy lifestyle a kick-start but are needing a place to start. Start today by making a promise to YOURSELF to give up one (or more) of your bad habits (ie. chips, pop, McDonald’s, chocolate bars, and/or any other processed food) and adding in one healthy habit (ie. consuming more vegetables, fruits or leaner cuts of meat) for 30 days. By the end of 30 days you probably won’t want your favorite kind of chips as much and eating more vegetables won’t seem like a chore.

If you need someone to be accountable to, you can absolutely feel free to be accountable here. If you need help, motivation or cheated on yourself by eating something you promised you wouldn’t, post it on here. This way you will have admitted you made a mistake and can move on with your day without feeling guilty. It is not always easy, and you may have setbacks, but YOU can do it! You can do anything for 30 days! Get started!

Snack Time

I thought today I would share some great snacks to eat mid-morning or mid-afternoon. These are simple and easy snacks that will help keep you full and satisfied until your next meal.

1. 3/4 cup Fat Free Cottage Cheese, an apple or carrots and 1/4 cup of nuts

2. 3/4 cup of Non Fat Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp peanut/almond butter and chopped strawberries

*Make sure the only ingredient in your Peanut/Almond Butter are just that, peanuts or almonds*

Protein Shake – 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup frozen berries, 1 scoop of natural whey or 1/2 cup greek yogurt and 1 cup of spinach

3. 4 homemade protein bars – Carrot, Chocolate, Pumpkin or Cinnamon

4. 1 Scoop of whey protein, 3/4 cup almond milk, and carrot sticks

5. 1 Apple spread with 1-2 tbsp of nut butter

6. Raw vegetables with Hummus (if you do not want to make your own, and prefer to buy it from a grocery store, make sure you read the ingredients)

7. 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup of almond milk, microwave for 1 and 1/2 minutes. Once microwaved stir in 1 tsp of peanut butter.

8. If you are feeling like something sweet this is a great snack:

Prior to making this snack: Blend, 1/2 cup of Almond milk and 1 scoop protein powder and 1/2 cup Greek yogurt. Pour into a muffin pan and place in the freezer for about an hour or until frozen.You can fill the muffin tins as full as you would like.

When your “ice cream” is frozen: Sliced 1 apple  and place in a bowl with 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp of water. Microwave for approximately 20-30 seconds.Then microwave “ice cream” separately for about 10 seconds and place on top of apple mixture. You now have an easy clean apple crisp and ice cream! Trust me, you start to get creative when you are craving a cheat and have to make it clean.

I hope this helps in planning your daily diet.

If you have any other snack ideas, please share them with me!

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Challenge Yourself

  1. Lacey Heald says:

    This was a great read. Seriously, I started my first two weeks off amazing! Cold turkey. Then after a long day of teaching nothing seemed better than a chocolate bar, that then turned into mac n cheese, which has continued to spiral for the last week! I am really tired of making excuses of when I am going to start eating better and working out more. There is no better time then now, and you are making it even easier! 🙂

    • theffitlife says:

      Aw thank you, you have no idea how much that means to me. I am just trying to share my journey and hope to help anyone else with their journey. No matter how busy we are, there is always time, if you make time. We are all human, there was a few times I felt like eating 15 chocolate bars (but thankfully stopped myself). Enjoy a piece of dark chocolate if you have a craving, because if you deprive yourself, the craving seems to get worse knowing you can’t have it. It takes a while, and pretty soon it will just be habit and you won’t have to even debate whether you are working out today or not. Another good idea, especially if you are a busy beaver, is to make Sunday a food prep day, than that way your meals are prepared for the week ahead and then after a long day of teaching your food is all ready prepared. If you ever have anything you want me to post about, please let me know.

  2. Lacey Heald says:

    I thought I would share something today. I have always struggled with getting on the scale and not let it get me down. With the new work out programs I am attempting, I am gainin muscle (which I know is good).. But those numbers on the scale kept getting to me. Over the weekend I bought a pair of “goal jeans”. They hang in my closet so I see them every morning.. Now instead of worrying about the scale I am worried about fitting in those jeans (that I paid a pretty penny for). It’s great motivation!!

    • theffitlife says:

      That is such a great idea! The scale going up is hard to deal with even if it is caused by gaining muscle. We are so programmed into thinking if we are not losing weight, we will not look thinner. I am just throwing this out there, but if you are comfortable you could send me a before and after and I would love to share them on here. No pressure haha!

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