- Eat REAL foods and avoid processed products as much as possible. Do the majority of your grocery shopping in the outer perimeter of the store where the fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy products are. (Note: Great Taste No Pain can give you some great guidance on how to have a delicious healthy diet and enjoy easier digestion too!)
- Allow yourself a little “treat” now and then, such as a piece of cake at a birthday party or an ice cream cone on a hot day. You’ll feel much less deprived and far more likely to stick to healthy eating habits over the long haul.
- Drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses of filtered water each day.
- Go organic as much as possible. If you’re on a tight budget, at least strive to buy organic versions of those fruits and vegetables where you eat the whole food including the skin—such as apples, potatoes, peppers, berries, peaches, pears, tomatoes, lettuces, celery and grapes.
- Eat a tossed salad every day.
- Pick an activity you like or at least will tolerate. You’ll be more likely to stick with exercise if you don’t loathe what you’re doing.
- Get an exercise buddy. You’re far less likely to skip a workout if someone is counting on you to show up, plus you can have fun talking and the time will fly.
- Make your goals reasonable. For example, don’t start by saying you’re going to run five miles when the farthest you’ve ever run is from the couch to the refrigerator and back during a commercial. Set more reasonable, achievable goals.
- Celebrate your little victories along the way. It’s easier to stay motivated when you can look back and see how far you’ve come.
- Remember you’ll rarely ever regret working out, but you’ll almost always regret not working out.