Before I begin the list, I’m going to share something I’m going to try for the first time . . . stay away from the scale (if you are a weigher, which I am) for at least 3 days! Give it a try, let me know what you think. Now, the other things I find help to get back on track are:
1. Drink LOTS of water! Refer back to last Thursday’s insert on drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water! I’m sure we’ve all been drinking . . . let’s just not admit to exactly what and it likely wasn’t all water! This will help flush out the not so good things we have been consuming, sugar, salt, alcohol, you get the picture.
2. Eat lots of fruits and veggies! Get back on track with a clean diet made up of whole foods that are high in water content. This will fill you up, keep you hydrated and give you lots of good fiber. Remember, if it doesn’t have a Mama, it’s not a good whole food! For your protein, make sure it is lean meats, chicken or fish for a couple of days. You will feel lighter but not go hungry.Smoothies are also a good choice for breakfasts or snacks. Look at Healthy Kitchen for a good base recipe and get creative! Remember you can also throw in some protein powder for that added filling punch.
3. Burn some calories! For me, the best way to feel better is to exercise and work up a sweat. At least I feel like I am flushing some of that sugar, alcohol, salt, etc. away! It makes sense to jump right in and burn through those extra calories before they are stored as fat. The best way is to up the cardio and get in a full body routine that includes weights or resistence work. So, get thee to a gym, workout DVD or the pavement and burn it away!
4. Take an extra walk! After dinner put the leash on the pups, your kids on bikes, or just lace up your own shoes and take an after dinner stroll. Of course, if this doesn’t work (it’s raining here as I type) . . . the idea is to get in some extra movement, so hoof it with the laundry baskets up your stairs, park at the end of the row in the parking lot, walk to your co-workers desk rather than email . . whatever you can do to move more.
Treat yourself well . . . drink even more water and get some rest! You may have stayed up too late!
So, there it is, my goals for the week to GET BACK ON TRACK! Hope you join me for a few . . .