3 Handy Tips To Losing Weight Safely

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If you really want to lose weight you need to have the motivation to stick with it until you reach your ultimate goal. Set yourself small targets to achieve and you will have more success in attaining them.

Here are a few tips to help you to lose the weight you desire.

Write A Shopping List Before You Leave Home

Whenever you want to lose weight, you know that it makes sense to eat lots of vegetables and fruit and to cut down on the amount of sugary foods or fatty foods. If you sit down at home and write out a detailed shopping list containing all the food that you will need for the week, you can decide what your meals will be in advance. This will help to ensure that you will have a balanced diet and that you will not feel the need to eat a fat loaded pizza or guzzle sugary drinks. Make sure you buy enough healthy stuff to last you the week so that you will not feel the urge to call for a take away meal. Writing a shopping list is also a good way of helping to cut down on making unnecessary purchases. You should find that no food will go to waste or end up going bad and being thrown away.

Always Shop After You Have Eaten It is always better to go on a shopping trip on a full stomach.

If you have already eaten, you are less likely to be tempted by chocolates, candies and cookies. If you are hungry when you go food shopping you may find that it is harder to stop yourself from impulse buying. Supermarkets work very hard to try and entice customers to buy more stuff than they planned on buying so you have to do everything in your power to resist their actions. One thing to do is to eat first, shop after.

Keep Positive

The most important thing about being successful at losing weight is to keep motivated and to stay positive. It is not rocket science to lose weight but it does take perseverance. If you do fall off the wagon and find yourself eating foods you know you shouldn’t, don’t be too hard on yourself. Accept that what’s done is done and move on. Just because you make a mistake, that doesn’t mean you are a failure. Say to yourself that you will try to do better and believe it.

6 Things to Do When You First Wake Up

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Although I love mornings, I’m not a morning person. Staying up late after all the business from the day is much more appealing to me. I still tend to stay up late, but the reality of mom life is that not waking up until 8am feels really late. I’m working on my morning routine so I can feel more energized, have better skin and be ready to take on the day. I’ve realized that when I conquer the morning, even if I have to get up at 5am to fit in everything I want to do, the day runs smoother. I find myself less tired and happier.

Drink water

When your body is dehydrated you may find yourself feeling sluggish. For me, I tend to jump up in the morning and start making breakfast for the family only to realize that I’ve cooked, cleaned and found it almost noon without even taking a sip. Drinking water when you wake up refreshes you and gives your body that much needed boost after a long night’s sleep. I sleep with a full water bottle on my night stand because I tend to get thirsty throughout the night. This makes it easy to wake up and start drinking water in the morning also.

Get Some Fresh Air

Open a window, take a step outside, maybe even drink your coffee on the patio. Fresh air in the morning can do wonders for your day. If you enjoy exercise in the morning, change up your scenery and try some outdoor activities. There’s a place here in town that does rooftop early morning yoga. The sunrise, crisp air and doing something good for your body- what’s not to love!

Don’t Skip Breakfast

Sometimes the boost you need in the morning comes in the form of a hearty breakfast. Getting your body the fuel it needs to start the day is important, but can sometimes feel like a hassle rather than essential.  I love fresh fruit and a veggie filled omelette in the mornings or Simple Strawberry Overnight Oats. If you don’t want to cook when you get up in the morning, there are lots of recipes that allow for prep the night before so you’re ready to go in the morning. Try experimenting with your favorite meals and see how you can prepare them the night before.

Get Up Before You Have To

My husband always tells me to get up early than I actually have to, and I usually grumble and go back to sleep, but he’s right. I feel a lot better when I have a little quiet time to myself in the morning. Usually I wake up when my son starts making noise via the baby monitor and then it’s go go go for the rest of the day. When I wake up earlier, grab some coffee and mentally prepare for the day I usually feel a lot better.

Do Something Enjoyable

Find time in the morning for one of your hobbies. It can be something simple such as catching up on the news or journaling. When the demands of the week are overwhelming, knowing that you have already set a little time aside to center yourself each day can makes a world of difference.

Prepare the Night Before

When I was a kid my mom always made us set out our clothes for school the night before. Though I disliked doing this, it definitely saved time in the morning. Try to find ways to save time in the morning by preparing the night before. Sometimes I set my workout clothes and accessories out the night before when I know I’m going to be extra tired, and make a bowl of overnight oats so when I wake up I can step right into my day. Tidying up the night before can also help your morning routine also. Waking up to a tidy house makes it easier start new and get ahead on the day’s activities.

What’s a must have in your morning routine?