well, if you are reading this due to the title, i apologize.
why? it's because there is no secret to staying skinny! everyone one knows the keys to maintaining weight and losing weight. that, i am a firm believer of. many might disagree, but in my experience, most people are pretty smart and have at least a little common sense.
everyone knows to eat healthy, exercise regularly, don't eat late at night, get enough sleep, and manage stress levels. the current problem with our society is that we are lazy. no one wants to take the time to figure out how many calories they are consuming or make their own dinner instead of going through a drive thru. no one wants to have to wake up an hour earlier just to go to the gym. it's such a hassle. believe me, I know. And everyone knows that it is so much more fun to stay up late watching netflix and munching on whatever we can get our hands on than going to bed at a decent hour. not to mention the morning gut bomb after a night like that is the best! (please tell me you can taste the sarcasm in my voice...) NO! those things aren't the best! those mentalities don't make us happy! temporarily happy, maybe, but not for the long run. so, if some of you are feeling lazy, or don't quite know where to start, i will give you a list of some of the things that I try to do every day to help me maintain my weight.
- i am almost always asleep before 11pm. generally, its before then. last night i was asleep before 10pm. it was glorious.
- i drink A LOT of water. yes this can be a bit of a hassle when i have to use the restroom in the middle of class, but i do it. i try to drink a large glass right when I wake up and right before bed. another helpful tip is to drink a large glass of water right before a meal - you will eat less.
- i do my best to not eat after 7-8pm. i'm not perfect at it, but i do make a conscious effort.
- i generally exercise 5 days a week. even if I am just on an elliptical for 20 min --- i am moving and sweating.
i have discovered that for me personally, getting enough sleep and drinking enough water have the biggest influence on my body and with my weight management. it has taken me a lot of trial and error to come to this finding --- but it was worth it!
we need to tune into our bodies more, and work hard to figure out what works best for us, personally. health and fitness is not a "one-size-fits-all" sort of program. it is personalized for everyone individually. so, listen to your body, and start working hard to figure out what is best for you.
and remember --- there is no secret! it's up to you!
lil kate ♥