When it comes to getting healthy, fit, and eating right…sometimes I just can’t get it together. Like now, for instance. Despite my desire to look like Gisele heading down the runway in this year’s fall trends, it has been seriously hard to get motivated and hit the gym (remember when I told you I hated working out? Ugh.) So I’m starting small. I’m focusing on some little things that can make a big difference in the way I feel, rather than the way I look (which is waaaay easier than expecting myself to run 10 miles on the treadmill at this point! Which I have actually never done in my whole life, so there’s that.)
The bonus? I will feel better mentally, and may even just drop a few lbs and tighten up along the way. So I put together a few easy ways that we can all get a little healthier for fall (even though I’m sure you womanistas are all fabulously perfect as you are right now!) Here is how I’m kicking off my “let’s reign in all of the eating habits I put to good use in Europe this summer” health plan:
Tennis: I have never actually played tennis in my whole life (Disclaimer: I did go to tennis camp in the summer after 7th grade with my friend Elissa, where I won the backhand contest. So count that if you want to, but that’s the extent of my tennis prowess). I took my first lesson the other day with my friend Sarah and it was SO FUN. We ran around the court for an hour, sometimes hit the ball, laughed, and wore cute outfits. In other words, this is my kind of workout! I didn’t even realize I was doing anything until I woke up the next day and could barely get out of bed because I was so sore. Plus, most cities have free, public tennis courts, and you can get a pretty inexpensive racket at walmart or target.
Juice Nashville: I have sung the praises of Juice Nashville before, and I will sing them again. I have never felt/slept/looked better than after this juice cleanse. The main question people ask me about the cleanse is “Are you so hungry that you want to kill someone?” and the answer is no. I never considered murder while on the cleanse. Does it feel like you just chowed down on a pepperoni pizza after drinking a juice? Well, no. But it’s worth it and your body will thank you. Just try it.
Designer Whey: These protein bars and drink mixes are a life saver for me. I’m a huge snacker, and have never met a chip I didn’t want to get to know personally. So I always carry these bars in my purse when I’m out and about and need a snack before my blood sugar drops to dangerous depths, “forcing” me to head to a fast food joint for french fries. Plus, Designer Whey also has “Protein 2Go” packets that you just add to water. They are only 50 calories, with 10 grams of protein and only 1 gram of sugar. Instant craving-buster, right there. It’s also chock-full of B vitamins to keep you going, and has 100% of your daily vitamin C.
Healthy recipes: Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. You just have to be a little more creative sometimes! I found this awesome quinoa recipe from this cool food blog, Cookie & Kate. It’s loaded up with yummy flavors like citrus, kale and cilantro, and also has healthy fats from the coconut and cashews. It’s a total winner and fairly easy to make. Plus, fiber-rich foods like kale and quinoa will keep you full longer. Which keeps me away from late-night ice cream. You can also make easy switches in some of your favorite dishes – like choosing whole wheat pasta when you make spaghetti, or ditching the bun every once in awhile when you eat a burger. You don’t have to completely forgo your favorites!
Bikram Yoga: I tried my first Bikram Yoga class in college. It was summer in Tempe, AZ (which means it was basically as hot as the surface of the sun outside) and I decided to go to a HOT yoga class. (Seriously, WHAT WAS I THINKING??) But what a great decision that was! I left refreshed, focused, and centered. It’s a great way to sweat out toxins and zone out for a little while. Plus, there is no judgement in yoga. You can pretty much go to class and lay in savasana pose (which is literally just laying on the floor) after the first 10 mins and no one will judge you. You can go at your own pace and relax. Again, my kind of workout!
So I guess you could call this the lazy girls guide to getting healthy, but it’s an easy way to get started. I’m not going to put any pressure on myself, and I’m certainly going to eat a cheeseburger every once in awhile. But the goal is still to be a healthier version of myself. Let’s motivate each other, womanistas!
xo, the Womanista