Ohhhh my gosh. It has been a full week since I’ve posted and I feel so guilty. There aren’t really any excuses that justify it but sometimes when I get home from work I’m so tired and so over staring at a screen and this week I just didn’t get around to posting. I also went away this weekend to Ocean City, Maryland which was super fun but now I’m back and ready to jump into another post! I wanted to talk about Fall fitness inspiration and what I’ve been doing lately to slowly get back into a fitness routine and make healthier habits. Fall is a weird time to get in shape . The holidays are about to be here. Hearty soups and decadent desserts replace light meals. And a warm bed feels much much better than heading into the cold to go to the gym. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible and it doesn’t mean you need to feel deprived. These are just some easy tips I’m working on right now to shed some of this college weight and get fit for Fall!
1.) Eat regular meals: It sounds so simple but I’ve been forcing myself to eat regular meals and I realized I actually end up eating healthier. When you eat regular meals throughout the day you don’t end up starving and snacking on chocolate or getting fast food for a quick fix. Eat well balanced meals throughout the day and never, ever starve yourself intentionally or unintentionally.
2.) Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full: Once again, simple but effective. Eat light meals and listen to your body’s signals. There’s no worse feeling than being so overstuffed that you feel sick and it’s a feeling I’ve felt way too often. Eat foods that fuel you and fill you up, and eat them slowly. Give your brain time to catch up. I like to eat half my meals at a time that way I can space them out, allow my metabolism to use that fuel and then fuel up again when it’s ready. You don’t have to deprive yourself or try to starve yourself. Eat! And listen to your body when it’s done doing that.
3.) Pack healthy food: Pack healthy snacks and lots of fruit and veggies for work or school. Try to make your favorite foods healthier. I’ve never been the type of person who can eat chicken without the skin and asparagus everyday for lunch. I personally really like sandwiches and wraps right now and I’m hoping to make some healthy chili and soups in the upcoming months to bring to work.
4.) Limit treats: This is a huge one for me and I hate to say it but alcohol is also something that should be a treat. For awhile I was eating whatever I wanted and getting a drink or two every time I ate out until I realized it was really adding up. I’m going to be allowing myself one meal that isn’t too healthy once a week if I feel the need to have one. I do allow myself to have small treats like a small amount of chocolate each day or a cake pop from Starbucks (because they’re my favorite) but I try to find the balance between treating myself and being disciplined.
5.) Be consistent: Working out twice a week every week is better than working out 5 days a week and then not working out for weeks at a time. I’m going to be doing three workouts a week for 25 minutes each. Between working full time, blogging, friends, family and my boyfriend that’s all I can make time for and I’m happy with that. At this point I’m more focused on improving my diet anyway. Just do something. Get active in a way that’s enjoyable to you and watch your body slowly improve.
I hope these tips maybe inspired some of you to get moving and create some fitness goals. Leave me a comment below and let me know what some of your fall fitness goals are! As always thank you for reading and if you haven’t already be sure to follow my social media pages: