True change happens in degrees, not in one fell swoop. This is a relief when you realise that you have miles to go on your goals. There is no need to attempt all of the change at once – simply nudge yourself in the right direction each and every day and maintain the small changes as you go.
Did you eat a big bowl of spaghetti noodles with your favourite sauce for dinner last night? Tonight eat a smaller bowl. Next week eat zucchini noodles and your favourite sauce. The following week eat zucchini noodles with the protein-filled sauce recipe below.
Small changes in the right direction, maintained over time, will make all of the difference as you strive toward the body and lifestyle that you desire.
This ever happen to you?
That moment when you realise that it’s time to do something about your weight.
It may happen when you’re looking in the mirror or standing on the scale.
Your first thought is to go on a ‘diet’ but as quickly as that enters your mind the ghosts of a hundred diets past return…along with all the frustration.
Then you wonder, why bother?
The weight will come back, as it always has. Then you’ll be back in front of the mirror as discouraged as ever.
The answer is not to go on another diet.
The answer is to change your lifestyle.
Making the Change. It’s time to lose your ‘all or nothing’ mentality. Embrace simple, small changes that will add up to big improvements in your lifestyle. These are your main venues for change:
What You Eat. Let’s face it, most of the foods you eat aren’t the healthiest. Some are downright terrible (the burger and fries you had last week). While others are simply excessive (the snacks you eat while watching TV).
The solution to cleaning up your daily diet is NOT to go back on a ‘diet’. In fact, I never want you to go on a ‘diet’ again. (Yes, you heard me right!) Instead I want you to make permanent healthy changes to your eating habits.
Here are some practical examples:
✓ Choose salad over chips or fries
✓ Don’t add butter to your food
✓ Eat fresh produce with every meal
✓ Purchase fat free dairy products
✓ Limit desserts to one per week
✓ Cut out mindless snacking
✓ Drink water, not soda
I don’t expect you to eat a perfect diet every day of the week – that’d be ludicrous. You should, however, make MORE healthy choices every day than unhealthy ones.
How You Move. Exercise is a huge component to a healthy lifestyle, and quite frankly you’re not getting enough of it. How often does an entire week go by without you ever lacing up your tennis shoes? Don’t disregard the importance and power of a good workout.
Your new healthy lifestyle means exercising on most days of the week. This may seem tough, but I have the perfect solution – my training programmes were created for busy people just like you who only have so much time to dedicate to exercise.
I understand how hard it is to find the motivation to stay consistent and to push yourself. Make exercise a no-brainer—contact me to get started on a lifestyle enhancing programme today.
Here are simple ways to move more:
✓ Watch less TV
✓ Stretch stiff muscles every day
✓ Play at the park with the kids
✓ Go for a jog
✓ Do some pushups every morning
While none of the above are meant as substitutes for a solid exercise routine, they are great ways to become more active and to improve your lifestyle.
Your lifestyle is the balance of all the choices that you make regarding your body. Swing the balance in your favour—make a majority of your choices health conscious.
So the next time you’re in front of the mirror you won’t worry about your weight.
You’ll relish it.
Are you ready to transform your lifestyle and body? Call or email me today to get started.
Beef Ragu and Zucchini Noodles
Yes, it is possible to enjoy Spaghetti night while living a fit and lean lifestyle. This is accomplished with noodles made from fresh zucchini and a sauce that is simply made and packed with protein. Feel free to sub in ground beef for the minced beef if desired.
What you need
- 2 lbs minced, grass-fed beef
- 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 8 oz can of tomato sauce
- 1 Tablespoon chili sauce
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 4 zucchini
- ¼ cup fresh parsley
- In a large skillet, brown the beef over medium-high heat. Drain the skillet and turn down to medium heat.
- Add in the tomato paste, tomato sauce, chili, cherry tomatoes and sea salt. Mix to combine. Sauté until the cherry tomatoes are soft, about 5 minutes.
- Peel the green skins from the zucchini, the run through a spiral slicer to create long, thin spaghetti noodles.
- Plate a handful of zucchini noodles topped with the beef sauce and a sprinkle of parsley.
255 calories, 7g fat, 9g carbohydrate, 2g fibre, and 33g protein.