All your pics have been submitted. You’re ready to fit yo pants. Now, the only question remaining is HOW?
The first thing I need you to do — the first step to fitting yo pants, if you will — is to recognize that whatever you’re doing right now needs to change. You don’t fit yo pants right now, and you clearly want to, so you need to do something different.
I’m not going to be able to tell you exactly what that different thing is, because I don’t know your story or your lifestyle, but I do know that a shift needs to happen. If you’re the kind of person who needs to be told exactly what to do, it might be worth considering getting a Your Healthista Consulting personalized plan. But for the next 5.5 weeks, something’s gotta change.
For those of you that are ready to commit to changing things a bit RIGHT NOW so you can fit yo pants (and feel awesome in the process), here are a few second (and third, and forth) steps to take.
- Commit to getting rid of processed foods, except when they’re treats (see below). I’m putting this one first because it’s the toughest. Even if you think you eat pretty well, take a really close look at your diet and figure out where processed crap is creeping in. Low-fat yogurt? Flavored oatmeal? Sweetened peanut butter? Packaged chips/bread/cereal/etc.? The more ingredients, the more likely it is that food is a processed no-no. These types of foods (and I don’t care how “low fat” or “low cal” they are) will NOT help you fit yo pants, and they really have no place in your diet except as a once-in-a-while treat. So you need to get those out of your life right now, except when they’re a designated treat. Speaking of treats…
- Commit to only having treats when they’re truly worth it (or no more than 1-3x/week). What’s a treat? To me, a treat is anything with more white carbs/sugar than any other macronutrient (protein or good fat). We know that our bodies have no use for white carbs/sugar, but we also know that they’re delicious. And unless you have an issue with overeating carbs (there are plenty of us who do), they don’t need to be eliminated completely. But you need to make sure that every sugary or carby thing you eat is WORTH IT. To decide if a treat is worth it, check out my post on the Here and Now Concept. Another good way to determine if something’s worth it or not is to use this handy flow chart.
Just so we’re all clear, here are some examples of treats: bread, pasta, most cereals, candy, any dessert, alcohol, store-bought juice… you get the point. Even “whole wheat” or “whole grain” breads and pastas should count as a treat even though they’re not white. The small amount of additional fiber and protein they have doesn’t cancel out the fact that the main nutrient they provide is carbs. You can get plenty of carbs from all the fruits and veggies you’re eating!
- Commit to finding a way to move your body for at least 20-45 minutes four times a week. At this point in the game, I don’t care what you do to get some physical activity in. It could even be walking. Just commit to getting it done four times a week for 20 minutes, minimum. As we progress through this challenge, I’ll be posting workouts and other fitness tips, but I need you to commit right now to making this time available for physical activity.
- Commit to spending 2-3 hours/week cooking. No matter how you slice it (pun 100% intended), fitting yo pants will probably require some time in the kitchen on your part. You need to find this time NOW. Look at your schedule for the week and decide when you can spend a couple hours prepping food in the kitchen. You might be hard boiling eggs, baking sweet potatoes, roasting veggies, making frittata — whatever you need on hand for the week. Again, I’ll be posting lots of yummy recipes throughout the challenge, but you need to commit the time to make them!
- Commit to making room in your life for change. Like I said at the beginning of this post, you need to be open to changing some of your lifestyle habits if you want to fit yo pants. You need to make mental room for these changes right now. I know it won’t always be easy, but it will always, always be worth it.
If you can commit to those things right now, I promise you, the next five or so weeks won’t be hard. Starting today, get rid of all the excess treats in your life. Make time for exercise 20-45 minutes four times a week (schedule it in now!). Make a mental commitment to focus for the next five weeks to see what you’re capable of. If you do all that, I promise I’ll post an awesome recipe for you tomorrow (okay, I’m gonna post it anyway, but I’ll feel better doing it if you commit!).