The first official day of summer is this Wednesday! That means bikini season is already in full swing here in Texas... I mean we're already hitting the 100's outside and Sam and I have been spending almost every evening at the lake with our pups... ready or not, I'm embracing swimsuit season!
I've always been one to fluctuate in weight, and I've shared before how I've struggled with food and body image in the past, but I've picked up a few habits in the last few years that have helped me stay within 5lbs of a weight that I'm comfortable with for my body. And today I want to share those little slimming secrets with you (especially because I've gotten a few questions about these things lately). Now don't get me wrong, I still overindulge from time to time but I generally try to practice these health habits:
Slimming Secrets from a non-health guru and your average every day woman.
I try to only eat when I'm hungry.
When I wake up, I'll eat a small breakfast bar just to get the body going, I'll immediately take my probiotics (which I'll get to in a second), and then I won't eat lunch until I'm tummy rumbling hungry. And if that means 1, 2 or 3pm - then that's when I'll eat.
I take probiotics DAILY!
These are so important for regulating gut health and they help boost your metabolism & all sorts of other good things! I use some by Silver Fern Brand that I LOVE and I actually partnered with them because I like them so much (been using them since Jan.). You can get them here for $10 off.
If I'm craving something, then I'll allow little indulgences.
Every day! Because if I cut myself off I tend to overcompensate. So I'll have a little nibble of something sweet after a meal if I'm really feeling it. Usually a small handful of chocolate covered raisins! But same thing goes with chips (ugh I love Takis) or an indulgent meal. If I'm craving it or if we are presented the situation where we are with friends/family and pizza or burgers (or other not so healthy thing) are being served, I'll just eat it, enjoy it and get back to eating normal the next meal and the next day. Don't let guilt control you! Just enjoy it (fight the urge to comment on eating horribly...I still have to work on this sometimes) and move on.
What we eat:
Sam and I eat a lot of copycat chipotle bowls or chicken tacos w/corn tortillas. It's a staple. That and salmon and sweet potatoes (sounds like our dog's food haha). We also try to include broccoli or some type of veggie. We make it healthy-ish most of the time, but we definitely eat a lot of pizza, burgers and Taco Bell (especially when we're traveling). My main thing is ordering within a reasonable amount of calories for what my body needs if we are eating fast food. And if it's anything else, I don't eat until I'm full. I gage how I'm feeling and make my plate based on that.
I juice now and then!
I bought a juicer 2 years ago on sale and will throw some juice into my day for extra nourishment. Especially when I feel like my body needs it and we've been eating poorly or my face is breaking out a ton. I also tried a 7 day juice cleanse with Squeezed Online last month where I lost 7lbs! You can still use my discount code through July for 25% off any length cleanse with code: brilliantbalance - Texas people: they will deliver directly to your door! So convenient.
I try to walk over 10,000 steps a day!
I really notice a difference when I move more! It's pretty simple if you have dogs. I take ours for a morning walk and an evening walk. And then with working out, cleaning the house and everything in between it usually adds up pretty easily. So sometimes I make it a challenge and see how far over 10,000 I can get. It really intrigues my OCD side.
I try to do resistance training 2-3 times a week.
I'll either go to my gym and use weight machines or workout from home and YouTube Les Mills Body Pump Extreme because we have weights at home.
I drink a glass of red wine regularly.
I've read all of the articles that say it's as good for you as an hour of cardio and I don't know about all of that ...but I'm pretty much just throwing this one in for fun. Because it's true and if someone told me I had to cut out my red wine to lose weight I would laugh at them.
Notice I said that 'I try' on a lot of these. These habits are what I aim for but when things don't go according to plan I think the biggest thing that helps me stay on track is to not stress about it! Do what you can each day and live your life! 🙂