Amazing April

On the eve of April as March draws to a close I am setting goals for the coming month. March was an ordinary month in our household filled with illness and due to this a lack of organisation.  When we deter from routine whether chosen like a fun event or the unforeseeable like falling sick our ship rocks. We lose our organisation and healthy habits.  It takes time and energy to eat well and train. You need to be organised with meal planning and meal prep and with a small child and two working parents there’s the calendar negotiating of who can train when.  But when we succeed we are happier and energised. It’s totally worth all the time and organisation it entails!

April has 30 short days but big goals can be achieved in this time!  What are your goals for Amazing April? My sister in law Ashleigh in March set a goal of running 60 kilometres in the month for charity.  She nailed it!  A friend Laura in March was inspirational and signed up and competed in a 65km fun run! What an outstanding effort. My husband competed in a gym competition which ended in March and lost 9 kilos and re-embraced training and clean eating (with the exception to footy with the boys – Shout out to Gaffy for the ticket!).

So what are your goals for April?  Lose weight? Cut out Sugar, soft drink, and/or Alcohol? Exercise every day? Drink more water? Whatever your goals are write them down and track your progress.  Be proud of what you achieve.  Involve family and friends and make it fun.  Replace bad habits with good and your more likely to continue beyond April.  Don’t let April be ordinary make it Amazing! You’ve got this x

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Simple Tips for Weight Loss

Starting your weight loss journey can be daunting.  Whether you have 5 kilos to lose or 50. Regular exercise and healthy eating is key and there are some very simple tips to help you get started. Below are just a few.

WATER.  Water is the most important nutrient in the body.  If you are thirsty it means you are already dehydrated.  Staying hydrated is key to weight loss and if you add a big glass of water before every meal you will be closer to achieving your daily water intake and it will help you feel fuller which will assist in preventing overeating.

PORTION CONTROL. One of the biggest mistakes people make is having large portions.  Knowing what is the right portion is so important.  So do your research.  Measuring our snacks instead of eating straight from a bag can help.  Some people use smaller plates.  Make sure you put away any leftovers after plating up to stop yourself going back for seconds!

MOVE MORE. The more you move the better you will feel.  Some days it can be impossible to schedule a chuck of time to go for a run or hit the gym.  That’s OK.  Any movement is good movement.  Taking more breaks away from your desk, taking the stairs instead of the lift, park further away from the shops . . . anything that gets you moving more is good.

DON’T GO HUNGRY.  One of the mistakes I hear over and over again from someone trying to lose weight is “I was good all day but then at night I binge”. Its important to eat every 2 to 3 hours.  Its good to be hungry but not starving.  Once you get to this point you are more likely to overeat. So make sure you always have healthy snacks ready to go.

SLEEP. Sleep is so important.  Its hard to be motivated when you are tired and people who are tired are more likely to overeat during the day.  So aim for enough sleep each night that you wake up refreshed and energised ready to smash your goals in the morning!

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Breakfast Inspiration

My favorite breakfast at the moment is the Fudge Brownie Protein Smoothie.  Its a great start to the day and tastes a little bit naughty.  Give it a go!

Fudge Brownie Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 15 blueberries
  • 30-50 grams of rolled organic oats
  • 80 grams of ice
  • 200 mls water
  • 1 scoop Dymatize Hydrolyzed 100% Whey Protein Isolate – Fudge Brownie

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 minute or until smooth (time can vary depending on power of blender used).

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