Motivation and Staying On Track With Goals

Let’s talk about motivation. I think it’s safe to say that when we begin this journey towards a healthy lifestyle we are excited, and nervous. We begin with a ton of excitement and “can do” attitude, but what happens when our motivation starts depleting?

I have definitely been in a state of mind where I want to give up and give into my cravings. The one thought that changes my attitude is remembering why I started this journey. I think back to the times where I have felt down, insecure of my body, and then I remember not ever wanting to feel that way. I think about how far I have gotten with this process even if it hasn’t been very long, taking first steps such as starting an exercise routine, or swapping sugary drinks with water, that’s an accomplishment to be proud of.

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“Don’t worry, be happy”- Bob Marley

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Look back at how far you have come, don’t give up!

Many of us long about our dream bodies and think about how much longer we have until we reach this goal. Often times, we set ourselves up for failure by setting unrealistic goals we hope to achieve in a small frame of time.

Regaining motivation takes a change in our thinking. Let’s remain optimistic and reflect on our accomplishments instead of beating ourselves up for not yet having dropped 50 pounds in one month or looking like Kim Kardashian.

My journey began January 6th, 2014. I decided to take control of my health by joining CrossFit and although it will almost be nearly two months since I began, I am slowly seeing progress in my body, and energy levels. Two months ago, I was stuffing my face with anything and everything near me. I was devouring food like no one’s business, but I always felt lazy, I wasn’t confident with the way I looked, and my stress levels were through the roof!

Dumbbells have become my best friend!

Dumbbells have become my best friend!

 One month into eating clean and exercising I had more energy throughout the day, I was rarely starving (because I actually began eating breakfast, and lunch) and I was no longer waking during the middle of the night with a list of million things to do. I realized that there was no better cure to stress than eating real foods and getting in some exercise. Aside from my mental health, my physical health has improved too! I remember not being able to hang onto a rope, let alone climbing the rope during my first few CrossFit sessions, and several weeks later I had the strength to climb up half way! Even though I was close to losing hope, I gave it a try and to my surprise I was able to climb up.

Eating healthy is a mental game with food. You cannot allow food to take control of YOUR life. Sure it takes self-discipline, but that’s the way our goals will be met. Not only out physical goals, but health also. I like to share my goals with others so that next time I talk to that person, I’ll be held accountable. According to Women’s Health magazine, I read that talking to people about your weight-loss journey is an effective way to maintain self-motivation they say, “Reams of studies prove that support from other people can keep you motivated to lose weight”.

Don’t lose hope, and remember why you started this journey. They say only the strong survive, so show everyone how strong you are by sticking to your goals.

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In strength,

Foodie Zully

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Meal Prep 101

MEAL PREP 101 Every day that goes by seems to go by faster and faster. With all the hustle and bustle going on with school, work, and life at home sometimes eating healthy isn’t our number one priority. Aside from time, budgets may also restrain us from investing in organic meats and produce. I, myself … Continue reading

A Plate Full

Would you like to know the secret to becoming a healthier version of yourself? Well, I’ll let you know it is not much of a secret, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told, “You need to eat healthy and exercise…blah, blah, blah.” But, what does healthy exactly mean? Where and how do I begin? Before continuing on, I would like to introduce myself.

Hello!

Hello!

My name is Zully, and I am 19 years old, and ever since I can remember I’ve had a love/hate relationship with food. I love indulging in sweets, and most things that aren’t especially nutritional, but I despise the feeling afterwards. I don’t know about you all but after consuming “bad” food I feel lethargic, bloated, and cranky (As I’m writing this, I’m craving something sweet. I have to remember self-discipline though). I am a college student who suffered from the infamous “Freshman 15,” an average weight gain of 15 pounds which occurs throughout your first year of college due to the cafeteria food. I am a petite girl, standing at 4’10” it is noticeably apparent when I gain a few extra pounds, so in my attempt to a “new year, new me” approach, I chose to give CrossFit a chance. One month later, I feel like I have been born again!

What’s your point?

The purpose of this blog is to share my journey towards a healthy lifestyle, despite the obstacles life throws at one. Foodie Zully will include recipes of my favorite dishes with a paleo twist, a journal of the foods I am eating, and tips I have learned to make life easier especially for those of us who have our plates full (pun intended, you can laugh). I owe CrossFit for allowing me to see that I don’t have to be complacent with my body and overall health. I always thought it was acceptable to be unhealthy, and did not realize I was jeopardizing my health to satisfy my hunger with crap “food.”

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SAY NO TO THIS! 🙂

Cross- what?

CrossFit is not your typical gym workout and for that reason, it has vastly become popular in recent years. These strength and conditioning workouts were initially created to shape up those who were in the police academy, military, athletes, among others. In a time restrictive workout of the day, called WOD, one has to complete as many repetitions as possible through various sets of exercises. Along with the rigorous workout is a nutrition plan to which all members are strongly encouraged to follow.

Paleo 101

The Paleo Diet, as many like to call it, follows the simplistic diet our ancestors once consumed. This includes eating a primary source for protein, any meat such as beef, chicken, pork, and large game, the consumption of vegetables, healthy fats, nuts and seeds, and little fruit. Due to this diet, our ancestors did not suffer form many health problems such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and others. Many believe it had to do with the nutrient rich foods they were eating.

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SAY YES TO THIS!

Eating paleo is very easy, simply eat meat as a source of protein along with a ton of vegetables, whether they are grilled, sauteed, baked, or raw, and include a healthy source of fat, such as cooking with coconut oil, or butter from grass-fed animals. To wash it down, drink a tall glass of water and voila! You have begun eating paleo!

Are you down for the ride?

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It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it!

Throughout this journey I will share my positive experiences, and struggles to this new lifestyle. I hope that by following my road to healthy you will be inspired to learn and become a better version of yourself by adapting a new way of eating food. It is time we take a deeper look into what we are feeding our bodies.

Thank you! Stay tuned for my next post on a day-in-the-life of a busy, broke, healthy, college student.

-Foodie Zully