I’m big on mother nature. I believe in the 3 R’s (I’ll literally shed a tear if you don’t know that the 3R’s stand for Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) and I try my best to live environmentally friendly. I carry a reusable water bottle, refuse plastic shopping bags by always carrying my own reusable bags, I drive an Eco-friendly car, I shun plastic straws, I choose local produce, make sure to change my bulbs to energy efficient ones, I try not to shop for anything unless I absolutely need it and I also make sure to turn off all the lights before I leave a room.
Simple habits like that don’t take a lot of sacrifice, and after a while I didn’t even realize that I was doing anything out of the ordinary. The same has to be true for making healthier fitness choices. Just recently, I caught myself telling my mom that losing weight is not complicated, it can be a hard habit to form, but it is not complicated. So here are my 3 clean steps to losing weight and living a healthier life:
1. Keep your food choices clean: Try to limit eating anything out of a box and watch your portions. If you want a slice of apple pie, no problem, just put in the effort to make it yourself from scratch. Choose ingredients that are fresh, organic and pesticide free. Think about including some of these superfoods to your daily eats.
2. Keep your mind clean: Be positive. Ditch the negative thoughts by immediately forcing a smile and reminding yourself that making changes stick will take time. Surround yourself with images and information that will inspire you to stick to a plan. I follow a lot of blogs, Instagram accounts and Pinterest fitness pages exactly for this reason, they get me pumped to stick to my healthy goals. Here‘s a whole bunch that I think you’ll like.
3. Keep your actions clean: Take the stairs, get up from your desk and take a walk, play with your kids, go easy on watching tv for 3 hours straight. In addition, go to the gym, park far from the entrance and walk a little, do a bit of cardio, and lift a lot of weights. Make it to the gym at least 3 times a week. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day, but also don’t be so lax that you don’t take your commitment to fitness seriously.
I know that you probably look at these 3 steps and think, “heck, I already knew I was supposed to do all of these things” but I already told you it wasn’t going to be complicated! Remember, sometimes a gentle reminder is all that we need.
Keeping it positively clean and simple,
p.s. Please be kind to the Earth, it’s the only one we have!