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Getting Healthy. Part 4. TIPS

To read Part 3 of “Getting Healthy.  Exercise” click here.

Here are some things that helped me while working on getting healthy.

1.  Use weight as a gauge, but NOT as an “end”.  It truly isn’t about weight as much as it is how you feel.  Muscle weighs more than fat.  So if you’re gaining muscle, but losing fat, you’re doing great.

2.  Drink more water than you think you can handle.  It helps hunger, but also helps flush all the crap out of the body.  And makes you pee a lot (only disadvantage).

3.  Leave a water bottle out where you can see it.  And drink everytime you pass it.  Take water in the car with you.  Have a bottle of water on your desk at work.  Keep it in your sight throughout the day and drink, drink, drink


4.  Eat smaller meals, more often.  I ate 5 meals a day, about 300 calories each.  To calculate how many calories you should be eating a day, click here.

5.  Exercise smarter, not necessarily longer.  I recommend some form of interval training.  But you have to work hard.

6.  Find a way to be accountable.  I’m self-motivated when it comes to exercise.  I wanted to lose weight and be healthy.  That was enough accountability for me.  But if you need more, tell a friend or family member what your goals are and have them ask you about it every so often.  Or find a workout buddy.  I like to exercise alone, but some people do better in groups.  Just make sure you’re all there to work hard and not socialize.  🙂

7.  Try to exercise at the same time every day.  I realize this can be tricky especially if you have kids.  I have 4 kids under the age of 9.  And my youngest was only 8 months old when I first started my exercise/eating program.  There’s a way to do it. You may have to be creative, but if you really want it, you can figure out a way to get it done.


8.  Don’t feel guilty for the time it takes to exercise.  This may sound silly, but if you’re a mom, you know what I’m talking about.  The ever present mom guilt.  I often felt guilty for exercising.  Because it does take a big chunk of time.  But.  My kids get to see me do it.  And know it’s important to me.  And it’s sending a VERY important message to them that exercising and eating right are an important part of creating a great life.

9.  Try not to get discouraged.  If you don’t see pounds melting off like they do on the Biggest Loser competitors, don’t get down on yourself.  I only lost about 1 pound a week.  Sometimes a little less, sometimes a little more.  Just stick with it.

10.  Don’t weigh yourself obsessively.  My rule of thumb was to only weigh myself once a week.  Sometimes I even went two weeks.  As long as I was consistently feeling healthier and stronger, that was good enough for me.  If you have a lot of weight to lose, the scale can be a helpful indicator if you’re moving in the right direction.  But.  It can also be discouraging if pounds aren’t coming off as fast as you think they should.  Don’t give up!!

11.  Plan ahead for your meals.  I don’t have a lot of spare time throughout my day.  I rarely sit down and am usually running around from one thing to the next because someone allllllways needs me.  Always.  So if you don’t have your meals figured out ahead of time, you’ll eat crap, or even worse, you won’t eat.  You HAVE to eat consistently to keep your metabolism going.


If I can do it, you can do it.  I promise.  Make it a priority.  Be consistent.  Celebrate even the smallest of success’s.  Be positive.  Work hard.  And get healthy!!!!  

 

If you have a WHY, you can figure out any HOW.  

 

Good luck and STICK WITH IT!!!

Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of Getting Healthy.  And my history with weight here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  I’m happy to help wherever I can!

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  • Gayle

    I really enjoyed reading your “Getting Healthy” series. It will be a great way for me to start getting back in shape. I am pregnant with my 3rd (have a 4 yo and 2 yo ) AND I just turned 41. I have always been athletic (runner, swimmer) and have bounced back quickly after my last 2 pregnancies. I am so so worried about having this third AND being a full time working mom (2nd grade teacher). How will I fit in any exercise?? I used to get up and run at 5am but that was really hard for me to maintain with two kids. Do you have any suggestions on how to fit it all in? Thanks so much!!
    -gayleReplyCancel

    • ltross17

      Oh Gayle, Bless you!! You’ll definitely have your hands full for sure. My advice would definitely be to give yourself some time. Don’t try to rush into getting right back in shape. Enjoy that new baby. Accept that your body won’t be quite what you’d like it to, but that’s okay. After my 4th kid, I didn’t start exercising for about 7 months. I just needed time to adjust to this new human in our family. Once that grace period is over (however long you decide it needs to be) just resolve that exercise is a priority. For me, exercise isn’t really negotiable because I’m a MUCH happier person when I exercise. So if cleaning bathrooms or mopping or showering or or or has to take a back seat, so be it. My kids have learned to adapt to that and for the most part, they’re pretty patient with my exercise time. I’d also recommend finding something that doesn’t take too long. When I was first getting back in shape, I exercised 40-60 minutes 6 days a week. Now that I’m maintaining, I only exercise about 30 minutes a day 5-6 days a week (I always take Sundays off). If you’re doing smart exercise it doesn’t have to be long exercise. It will for sure be tough for you if you continue to work full-time. If you’re kids are in day-care, maybe you could drop them off a little earlier or pick them up a little later to get your exercise in. Or ask your husband to help out a little more so you can get it in.
      Best of luck with your new addition!!!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    Loved all four of these posts! Thanks for sharing – great insights.ReplyCancel

    • ltross17

      Thanks so much for reading them Melanie!ReplyCancel

    • Terri

      I have just finished reading this article and I am completely motivated to change my life and thought process. I am a busy mom of 2 and I am constantly making excuses for why I can’t eat healthy or exercise, but I am ready for the change. Thank you!ReplyCancel

      • ltross17

        Terri,
        I’m so glad this was helpful for you! Good luck in your journey to health. It’s a lot of work but totally worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Holly

    Hi Lindsay

    I just wanted to say thanks so much for putting together this getting Healthy series, it is exactly what i needed to hear today! I too suffer with mum guilt and i probably have also used it as my excuse too, but you are 100% right, it is so important for my kids to see me exercising and eating healthy so in the future they do too. Your series was so easy to understand and you gave some great tips and ideas so thank you so so much you are a true gem.ReplyCancel

    • ltross17

      Holly,

      Thank you SO much for taking time to comment. I’m really glad this was helpful for you. Getting and staying healthy is at the top of my priority list these days and I don’t feel one bit bad about it.ReplyCancel

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