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Working out during the winter months here are rough. It’s cold, all I want to do is stay inside and veg. Not to mention the roads are slick, people are sick, and the gym is a breeding ground for all things disgusting. Last year I had to find a way to stay motivated and work out even if I didn’t make it to the gym.
Let’s get started.
Also disclaimer: Your body is beautiful and if you don’t work out or watch your calories you do you. I want to keep my body strong and healthy so I take certain steps to do so. Moderation is key in all things, this is just my experience.
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Watch your “little taste” calories
My neighbor actually posted how many calories she at in one day of just tasting this and that. It hit me to start doing the same. I tracked mine and my little taste calories were over 200. Now I count my macros so it’s not about the calories per say but they do add up. I use this app to track my macros.
When you’re tasting your kids meals, or snacks, or stealing one for yourself through the day they can add up. The best the best thing you can do is track everything and watch what you “snack” on.
Monday-Friday I try to be really strict about when I eat. High protein, low carb meals. Saturday and Sunday I let things slide a little, not a lot.
Find healthy alternatives to your favorite snacks
Cheat days can be a good thing but also be a bad thing. You can use moderation but to really build lean muscle you really want to find healthier alternatives to your favorite fatty or sugary foods. For example instead of a candy bar, I found these really amazing low sugar, low carb protein bars. To substitute candy I found these smart snacks at GNC or Amazon. There is almost a substitute for everything. Will it taste the exact same..probably not but once you start to reset your taste buds. When I eat healthier my work outs are more efficient and I have the energy to make it through them.
Find work outs that interest you
If you hate something you won’t enjoy it and won’t do it for long. Find a work out that you enjoy. I personally love weight training, but I hate cardio. So I break up my cardio into little sections in between my weight training. My sister made me a set of workouts for the week and I go on a few instagram accounts to gran inspiration. I love Whitney Simmons, her workouts will always make me sore. Check her out (here).
Set up some equipment in your home
If you can’t make it to the gym or don’t have the motivation to weight for machines, stay home. You can use things around your home to work out. Slowly stock up on weights and machines for your own house. I have two sets of weights, a stationary bike and a barbell. For days I am working on my arms my 5 lb weights won’t help me build unless I do a lot of reps. So if you only have small weights just amp up your reps and move slowly with resistance. You can use soup cans if you don’t have weights, books, resistance bands, really anything around the house.
If you live near a school it’s fun to go walk around the track or if it’s nice icy do bleacher runs.
Set an alarm
Stay consistent and that usually means setting a time each day to go. Block out that time and just go. If you don’t have someone to watch kids, do it while they sleep or your spouse is home. I workout at night while Brandon puts Aria to bed. So if it’s at 8 every night block that time out and don’t let anything interfere with that time.
I know around the holidays is tough. So many snacks and treats. Moderation really is key, if you can’t stop yourself bring a healthy alternative to items you love. And remember you are beautiful, and just take care of yourself and your body. Be happy and love yourself!
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