So lets talk about portions. This is key. When you eat try to minimize your proportions and maximize your sittings. Once again I am not going to tell you what to eat this week that will be later in the program but I am going to encourage how much you eat and how many times a day. You should try to eat 5 or 6 times a day. This includes your 3 meals and 2 or 3 snacks in between meals. Yes you will be eating every couple of hours. So if you still feel hungry after a sitting due to bad habit of over eating, keep in mind you will be having a snack again in a couple of hours. If you still can't help but eat something it's ok. You can eat as much fruits and vegetables as you like at any time throughout the day. This may sound like a lot of eating to some people but it really isn't especially if you are cutting you portions. When you over eat your body doesn't know what to do with the excess food when your stomach is full and it automatically stores it in your fat cells. This also goes to say when you eat before you go to bed. This is a bad habit and that definitely needs to be controlled. When you sleep your body is not doing any movement what-so-ever and your heart rate slows. You should try not to eat anytime after 8pm or 3 hours before bedtime depending on your schedule. On the other hand, if you don't eat at all or for some try to starve yourself this is very unhealthy and definitely not a way to lose weight. This not only causes a lot of health problems but also makes it more prone for you to gain weight in the long run because your body is worried that it is all the fuel it is going to get for a long time so once again it starts to store it in your fat cells.
Now I want you to make a fist with your hand. This is the amount of protein you should be eating in a sitting and another fist for your carbohydrates. As mentioned before you can eat as many fruits and vegetables as you like when you like. So if you crave a burger or any other foods that are unhealthy and the craving is unbearable go ahead and treat yourself this week. Instead of eating a whole burger for instance when you order ask if they can pack half of the burger up and half of the fries to go. You can eat this later for your next sitting if you like. Just keep in mind this will change very soon. As for your snacks this is open to anything this week as well, remember though it is a snack, try to only stick to the portions on the nutrition label that is provided on the packaging. If you are still hungry eat fruits or vegetables. Just as working out the same time everyday try to have your snacks and meals at the same time everyday. Week one is all about ROUTINE! Needless to say, with these routines you will find you will also want to try to go to bed and wake up at the same times to try to fit all your timings in appropriately. DO NOT OVER OR UNDER EAT!
So the natural remedy you can do on this last step is once again pick one night out of the week to pamper yourself. I usually do Sunday I find it helps to prepare you for the week and start the week out right. Not to mention most people don't work on the weekends so this gives you more time to pamper. Sometimes we look at the things I am going to tell you as more work. The amazing thing that as time goes on you will be looking forward to this evening of beautifying. For this pamper night what you are going to do is this.
- Take a nice bubble bath
- Use a face mask
- Do your nails (fingers, toes, or both)
As a mother or anybody with a busy lifestyle (which is everybody now days) you don't always have the time for this. If you already do this then good for you! You are a step ahead. You will notice that you will really enjoy this night. Whether it be trying different types of masks or different colors of nail polish, or even different bubble baths (milk bath, bath salts, etc.) you will end up loving it! The face mask will help with your complexion and give you a glow, your nails will prove to people you are taking care of yourself and they will notice a change in you, and the bubble bath.....well....bubbles, bath, relaxation, piece of mind....need I say more. Sanity! LOVE YOURSELF!
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- Find a workout schedule that works for you
- Keep your eating habits intact and under control
- Love yourself
Hope you enjoy your first week of your lifestyle change and stay tuned next Sunday for Week 2!
I apologize for the delay on getting this post up. If you wake up a little late to fit all your timings in just try to still make them and don't worry you still have plenty more days to perfect your timings.
Don't forget there is more people than you doing this so you can ask questions, post your struggles and or accomplishments in the comments below for support. We are here for you!
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