I have two kids and the most challenging part for me is trying to avoid the cookies, brownies cakes, cupcakes, etc etc. You get my point!!! Both of my kids love chocolate and are dessert addicts. So I can say that I have definitely strayed away from healthy eating for the past 2-3 months. The result: weight gain of about 5 pounds!!!!!!!! This is so not good!!!! Now I know I am making it seem like 5 pounds is a lot, but I just had to control it now before it became 20,30, or 40! It is so easy to gain weight, but hard to lose weight! Especially as you get older and your metabolism slows down. SO I needed to get right back on track.
So what am I doing to get myself right back on track???? I am adapting my MAD diet lifestyle once again. I have eliminated all additional sweets and replaced them with fruit!!! Might not be as tasty, but "you gotta do what you gotta do!" My brother's wedding is coming up and I need to look fabulous!!! LOL. No I am just kidding. I would like to look nice and I would definitely like my clothes to fit!!!
Another important thing when maintaining your weight is that if you exercise do not be redundant. Remember to change up your exercise routine now and then. Your body needs to be shaken up a little bit so your workout can be effective. If you have had the same routine for a while try something different. Try to work muscles you have not worked before. Go on a machine you have not dared to try. This will improve your moods as well because your mind will be refreshed because it had to work harder to adapt to the new routine. I have started doing different things into my workout that I was too scared to try before. I started doing pull ups, and using the bar as a weight when I do squats. For cardiovascular exercise I use the elliptical because I love it! But I have started to work on one level for 5 min then increase it to another level for 3 min then back down to the other level 5 min so on so forth for the time that I am on the machine. I have noticed this has made my legs stronger and my run on the treadmill has become so much easier.
Another important thing to remember is to keep moving throughout the day. Do not use the excuse "I had a really hard workout today and I am allowed to rest." Yes it is true your body needs rest, but save it for the evening! The past 2-3 weeks I have been vegging on the couch with the kids and not been moving around. It made me feel lazy and unproductive. So I started being more productive during the day and I have a great sleep at night!!!!
These are the important points to consider when getting your diet back on track:
- Replace all desserts/sweets with fruits
- Change up your workout
- Stay active!
- Eat plenty of whole foods
- Cut out all the processed foods
will keep you updated if those pounds are finally gone!