Be Fancy But Frugal

Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 16:37 
Cassie's Tips for a Healthier Year
Be fancy but frugal this year

I would like to wish you a glorious, rewarding and productive new year.This time means a chance at a new beginning.

To quote one of my heroes, Transcendentalist scribe and exquisite thinker, Ralph Waldo Emerson, "You have done what you could—some blunders and absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

It is with this sage advice in mind that I offer up some tips at starting your new year off on a classy, frugal foot.

1. HYDRATE. Not only does it help with weight loss, reduce fatigue and fluid retention, but it also increases energy and helps with muscle growth. The best part about it, it's FREE! If you commit to drinking more water daily, you are bound to find that it is the easiest and most frugal way to better your health! 

Tips for "wetting" your appetite. Here are a few helpful reminders to ensure that you don't find yourself on the verge of dehydration from P90X creator himself, Tony Horton:

Carry a bottle. Many people find it useful to fill up a big plastic drinking bottle. If you carry it with you all day, you won't find yourself without water when it's time to work out. Plus everyone else is doing it, so you'll look really trendy!
Set a reminder. Set your watch to beep at the top of each hour, or set a periodic computer reminder so you don't forget to drink.
Track your progress. Keep a log of how much you drink. This will help increase awareness and help ensure you're staying on track.
Little by little. Whatever you drink during your workout, take it in frequent small amounts. This proven strategy guarantees that your body will absorb fluids more rapidly and effectively—leaving you energized and well hydrated.
2. EAT BETTER. If you're venturing out on the path to healthier eating, but are worried about undertaking such a drastic change, start SLOW. For now, perhaps just opt for water instead of soda, or replace your morning muffin with a fruit smoothie. Once you get more comfortable, expand your new healthy eating habits until they encompass your full day of meals and snacks. Most reasons why so many people fail to continue a new way of thinking of food and exercise is because they try to do too much at once. Starting slow and creating habits is the best way to get long lasting results! 

3. MOVE MORE! Park farther from the door, take the stairs, go for a walk on your lunch hour. Whatever it is you choose to do, the more you move the better you feel, the more calories you burn, the more muscles you build. As you progress, start adding more and more work out time to your day. Everyone has their own preferences for where and when they like to workout, and honestly the best time for you is the time that you will do it consistently! 

4. PLAN AHEAD. Each week create a meal plan and before you go to bed each night prep what you are having for breakfast and for lunch. I'm not going to go into exactly WHAT you should be eating, but make better decisions more consistently! Eat less processed foods, eat protein at every meal, eat more fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. (If you want to learn more about the specifics of what you should be eating or what is the better decision. Join my FREE 5 day challenge beginning January 6, where I will give you a week of meals to eat, grocery plan, and some tips on why you should choose certain foods over others. 

5. KNOW YOUR WHY. Why do you want to be healthier? What makes you want to work on yourself this year? What is going to make you resist the many temptations that you will have DAILY?! I HIGHLY recommend that you write down your goals, why you want to be healthier, and send them to someone who will help hold you accountable. (If you don't have anyone, please send them to me!) Temptations are going to come up and you are going to have bad days, and it's how you deal with THOSE days that will determine your success, so it's important to have someone who will remind you your WHY when it gets hard. 


Don't put it off -  get into a healthy routine and join one of my Challenge Groups!

Let me know if you would love more information about joining one of these groups for daily accountability and support through your workout program and nutrition plan. 

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