New Year. New You.

It’s January, so it’s that time of year when you get to have a fresh clean slate and start something new.

This year I’m on a journey to become a better me. A healthier me. A NEW me.

I know what it feels like, feeling stuck, sometimes sluggish and not liking the way clothes fits you. So why not finally do something about it?!

Remember it’s not about the number on the scale, it’s about feeling stronger, confident and being a healthier person.

I decided that every week from now on I’ll be posting either a food recipe, detox recipe, workouts or anything that I’m doing that’s health-related. So if you want to follow me on this journey that would be awesome and see if maybe some of the things I do and eat could maybe help you on your own journey as well.

In order to give you an idea of what I’m going for I answered some questions that a few of you might have for me. Of course, if you have more feel free to ask me in the comments below.

  • So what is my goal weight?

The truth is I don’t have one.

The number on the scale doesn’t define who I am as a person it’s just a number.

  • Why are you doing this?

I’m doing this because I want to live a better health style, I want to feel good about myself and what I’m putting into my body.

  • How do you feel about cheat days?

Cheat days are a yes and no for me. I like them because of course, you get to eat whatever you want. On the downside, I don’t like them because you tend to eat so bad on those days that it sort-of defeats the purpose of trying to eat healthier.

I don’t want to eat healthier just to look good for a certain amount of time. I want to change my overall eating habits for good. This isn’t just a temporary thing for me.

  • How are you going to deal with cravings?

I’m Hispanic, so let me tell you that I love to eat. My favorite meal is tacos. I absolutely love chocolate. And my favorite snacks are chips. All those things are not healthy whatsoever but since they are my favorite things to eat of course I’m going to crave them. Does that mean that I’m going to stop eating them? Absolutely not. If I want tacos one day I’m gonna eat them, if I’m craving chips you bet I’m going to have some. I’m not going to completely stop eating the things that I enjoy to eat just because I want to eat healthier. What I will do is control my portions size. Eat the things that I know aren’t the healthiest in moderation.

  • Is this a diet?

Nope. Not at all. I don’t do diets. Diets restrict you from eating the things you enjoy. Most of the foods are, let’s be honest not the best tasting. That’s why I feel like a lot of people break them because it’s difficult to give up the things that you like to eat.

What I want to do is try more healthier food options and incorporate the ones that I like into my daily meal plans. So I can actually enjoy what I eat everyday.

If you decide that you do in fact want to change the way you’re eating and want to see how your progress is going something I recommend is NOT to weigh yourself everyday.

Weighing yourself every day at different times of the day just isn’t going to help you, as your weight can fluctuate up and causing you to get discourage and make you want to quit right then and there. So please stay away from the scale until it’s time.

Now, When you do weigh yourself and don’t notice a change or if you even gained some weight don’t get discouraged, you’re still losing inches, you’re still feeling more energetic, you’re eating healthier and you’re still not giving up!

There are other ways to measure your progress other than using a scale.

1) Body Measurements. Using a tape measurer, you can take your body measurements every Monday, which is also the day that I prefer to weigh myself since it’s the beginning of the week, and I can keep track of my progress.

2) Photos. Sometimes, what the scale doesn’t tell you a photo will, you can still see progress by taking weekly progress photos. All you have to do is take a photo of yourself using your phone from the front, both sides, and the back. (Standing in front of a mirror can help)

If you’re doing things right nutritionally and fitness wise, you should see some progress in your photos.

3) Try on clothes that you normally wear. Does it fit looser or tighter?

If it’s looser you’re on the right track.

4) finally, Ask yourself, ‘How do I feel?’ on your Weigh In Date (Monday).

If you feel better then you know that you’re doing the right things for your body, and you should care less about what some number on the scale says.

Overall, If you look and feel better, that’s all that really matters. Everything else shouldn’t define you or your journey. Remember, don’t be hard on yourself, instead be happy and proud of yourself that you’re taking the steps to live a better healthier lifestyle.

Never give up and good things will happen!

Have a wonderful week get ready to see new posts.

-Sharlene

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