I love food. Like, a lot. It may not seem like it from all the healthy food and “lose weight” posts I do, but the reason I work out and eat healthy as much as possible is so I can have sporadic splurge meals without feeling guilty ― especially on the weekends or when I’m going out with friends. So, to combat my cravings, I have to keep healthy snacks at my desk. Because they’re literally inches away from me, I end up reaching for those rather than waste time leaving my building and spending money on snacks that in the end aren’t good for me.
Today, I’m talking about the part of working out that many people dread and actively avoid: cardio. From muscled bodybuilders to people who just don’t like to exercise, cardio is viewed as its own kind of pain that lasts a lot longer than a few agonizing bicep curls. But whether you like it or not, cardiovascular workouts are an excellent way to lose weight, maintain weight, and just live a healthy lifestyle. And the best part is that you don’t need a gym or fancy equipment to do them, so it’s perfect if you’re living on a budget.
We are often given the advice to just Be you!”or “Be yourself!” and Instagram is loaded with endless posts on #authenticity. It seems like our culture is craving to see realness and uncurated lives, yet so much of what we see/experience is still edited to look or appear a certain way. This applies to a perfectly posed kitchen #shelfie as well as your own personality. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this the last couple of years, so I thought today for The Monday Muse I would go a bit deeper into my journey of learning to be happy with my personality and just being “me.”
Today I am going to address a topic that no one wants to: salads. It’s the dreaded word that haunts you when you you’re trying to eat healthy. For some of us, when we think “maybe I should eat a salad,” we might as well be thinking “maybe I should get a root canal.” It’s painful. I’ve learned though, that with time, salads don’t have to be so gross or boring. You don’t have to feel like a rabbit because you can make salads taste, dare I say, delicious? Or, at least, moderately enjoyable. I don’t want to make too many lofty promises.
Whether you’re skinny, average, or overweight, most of us are self-conscious about the way we look. Unfortunately, that’s just how it is. For many of us, our weight-loss journeys include a process of self-acceptance as well as pound loss. And that’s great. However, you can also be completely happy with where you are weight-wise while still being completely unhealthy. And that’s not good, either. Living a healthy lifestyle is the only way to enjoy your favorite foods and not gain weight 一 trust me, I know #thestruggleisreal. But where do you start? Below, I listed out small ways you can adjust your eating habits and live a healthier lifestyle.
Ever since I did the Daniel Fast, I changed the way I approach meals. Now that it’s over, honestly my diet isn’t going to change all that much because I gotta tell you, it feels great to feel great. I know it’s not easy overhauling your entire diet, so start off slowly by eating healthy breakfasts. To help you out, I decided to put together a list of my favorites below. And don’t worry; these aren’t under the Daniel Fast, so they’re food for humans, not just rabbits or birds. In the end, these breakfasts are delicious and will cost you under $5, saving you money and calories!
If you really want to commit to something but don’t know where to start, I found seven fitness apps that may help you make exercise a part of your daily routine. Also, and most importantly, they’re free!