Three Tips To A Healthy Lifestyle

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Three Tips To A Healthy Lifestyle?

That's right I have boiled down my healthy lifestyle down to three tips, in form of the letter C, and I want to share them with you but first a little background on me (in case you are new here) and how I got into this lifestyle in the first place.  I was 35 pounds heavier than I am today with having just gone through a divorce and eating and drinking what I wanted.  That was easy until it wasn't and I started to change and continue to evolve to this day.  What that also means is that I don't know it all and I am constantly learning while being inspired and motivated by all of you to get my workouts in and to eat clean.  I really want to thank Instagram for this final push and the last of the three tips. A little over one month ago I decided to create an Instagram account with no real clue as to how I was going to use.  I was already posting content on this blog, on Facebook, videos of YouTube and having conversations on Twitter.  What would Instagram do for me that these others weren't and how was I going to use it?  What I found was a treasure of pictures of food that I could make healthier.  Pictures of people getting fitter, stronger and faster and encouraging me to do the same.  Pictures of 'unhealthy' food that showed me that I could incorporate a new C and go from 2 to three tips.  In that time I have lost 4 pounds with a drop of 2.4% body fat while maintaining my lean muscle mass.  Seeing those two numbers I was able to confirm the first 2 of the three tips. Here are my Three Tips of a healthy lifestyle:

Consistency:

This to me is the most important.  Consistency does not mean doing something everyday other than clean eating.  You do not have to train everyday but you need to be consistent in what you are doing.  Whether it be 30 minutes everyday of walking or training for an Ironman you must be consistent to create a habit.  Once it is a habit you will ask yourself what you did before that led you to believe that being consistent at a healthy lifestyle was so hard. We all go through our own hardships, mine was a divorce and too much alcohol, but we need to fight through them to make sure that we are doing something on a daily basis to lead a more meaningful life.  The harder you work at it the easier it becomes and more of an inspiration you become to your family members and friends.  They will see your smile and your good-natured attitude.  How you embrace life will change and that will only be brought upon by being consistent at what you. We all know about that one person in our family, or co-worker that complains about EVERYTHING.  Nothing is ever good enough.  Think about what that person is doing day in and day out.  Do you want to be like that or would you rather be able to handle your stresses in a less stressful manner?  Chances are that person is not leading a consistent healthy lifestyle, but you can.

Change:

Huh?  You just said consistency and now you are saying change.  Yes, change and be consistent in your change.  If you are trying to lose weight or get stronger/faster you will inevitably hit a plateau where nothing changes.  Chances are you are doing everything right but you have been doing the same thing over and over again.  Time to change the workout routine or the diet and shock the body. [caption id="attachment_7256" align="alignright" width="300"]three tips - clean eating -waffles Apple Banana Waffles[/caption] Changing the diet routine is easy because we have seasons.  There are certain foods that grow best at certain times of the year and those are the foods you should be cooking with.  In season food will provide you with the most nutrients which are going to be most beneficial to you.  Also by changing up your foods you are getting different sources of vitamins and minerals (micro-nutrients) which will aid in your weight loss or maintenance journey.  Be sure to include spices in your dishes as well because that will change the flavor profile and move that bland ingredient to something delicious. When it comes to a workout that is even easier because of the multitude of machines and weights available to you.  If you are a triathlete chances are you are already mixing it up with swim, bike, run but that doesn't mean that you don't have room for change.  Since I started triathlon training my long runs and rides have been on Saturday and Sunday.  Two weeks ago I had my first change to my training routine with the mid-week long run.  Running for an hour on a Wednesday was difficult to comprehend at first but now that I am three weeks into it I love it.  Why?  I look at the day before and the day after and they aren't as hard as they used to be.  Throw in the fact that a mid-week long run means a mid-week LOADED recovery breakfast and I am a happy camper.  Change is good.

Cheat:

Cheat!  Yes, cheat!  I am not talking Lance Armstrong cheat, I am talking about a cheat eat.  We can only be so strong against temptation for so long but eventually we will want that piece of chocolate or that slice of cake or an entire Key Lime Pie.  That is ok.  Don't feel guilty.  If you are consistent in your eating habits and are consistently changing your menu then having the cheat eat will not derail you and as a matter of fact it will most likely make you stronger. [caption id="attachment_7255" align="alignright" width="300"]three tips - diet - clean eating - waffles Orange Chocolate Waffles[/caption] Recently I have been incorporating chocolate back into my diet.  I don't eat M&Ms and Reese's by the bag full  but what I do is I make meals (specifically waffles) that have chocolate in them.  I melt 2 Tablespoons of chocolate in 1 Tbsp of coconut milk in the microwave for 12-15 seconds and pour into my batter.  A healthy way to cheat, satisfy my sweet tooth craving and keep my head out of the refrigerator looking for that something to fill my sweet tooth. Once you head down the path of a healthy lifestyle the cheats will become fewer and fewer because you will love what you see in the mirror and in the athletic arena. Your body will look better, your mind will think clearer and your times at your chosen sport will improve. There are probably more tips on other blogs but for me these three tips work and work well together.  Once I figured this out my life has changed and for the better and I for one am not looking back but instead looking forward to the next time I change my consistent fruit for that chocolate cheat waffle.

What Are Your Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle?

 
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About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.