Getting Back on Track After a Weekend of "Cheat Meals" and Partying

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Hi everyone! So, over the weekend I had a celebration and obviously may have had a little more cheat meals than I should have and partied a bit more than I usually do.

I think we all have those weekends or even weeks that gets us thrown off track and has us indulging in things we normally wouldn’t. While it’s really fun and you get to eat ALL the delicious food, it’s also really hard to get back on track after a few days of this.

That’s why today I’m going to help all of you with how to get back on track after a weekend of cheat meals and partying because, well, I need some help, too! This is how you can have a crazy weekend and still manage to start your Motivation Monday off right.

 

Stay Hydrated

Partying usually goes hand in hand with having a few drinks – at least it does for me every once in awhile– especially during celebrations. Which means you’re more than likely dehydrated at this point. One great way to start feeling better and to even get rid of cravings is to stay hydrated. Add a liter of water to the normal amount of water you usually drink in a day to get back on track after a weekend of fun.

 

Reevaluate Your Goals

Sometimes one weekend is enough to derail us from our goals the Monday after. We get so caught up in the drinking and eating junk food that we think it’s not a big deal to just have a few more cheat meals during the week.

One way for you guys to get back on track is to reevaluate your goals. Open that picture up again or go find that piece of paper that had them all written down. Coming face to face with those goals will push you to stick to your diet and exercise program.

 

Prepare Healthy Snacks And Meals

When you have a few cheat meals, chances are those meals were BIG – I know mine always are. That means your stomach has stretched out a little bit and you’ll start to feel hungrier more often than you did when you were in your prime routine.

In order to get back on track, you should prepare healthy snacks and meals that you can just grab quickly and eat. If you have to wait and think about what you want to eat, you’ll probably end up choosing something that resembles your cheat meal weekend. Always aim for fruit, nuts, or healthy forms of protein to keep you feeling full!

 

Never Skip A Monday

This is the GOLDEN RULE! If you really want to stay on track after a weekend where you partied a little more than usual, never skip that Monday. You may feel tired, weak, and kind of crappy from all the junk food, but you HAVE to get into that gym and eat the same foods you were before.

By going in on that Monday, you’re telling your body that it’s time to get back on track and you’re also showing yourself that you can get right back to it without skipping a day. Mondays are so important because they’re always the hardest. If you can push past it and go in on a Monday, you can do it on any day.

 

Get Right Back To Your Previous Routine

Just because you took a weekend off doesn’t mean that your routine is completely ruined. Your body will recognize being back in the routine and start to feel much better if you stick to it. Don’t wait a week before going back to things as you did before, start right away and it’ll wake your body up!

 

Detox Drink

After a weekend of fun, your body is probably filled with toxins that you don’t normally have. One way to kick extra cravings and feel all-around better is to drink a detox drink first thing Monday morning.

This will not only wake up your system, but it will help flush out all of that junk that you put into your body during your free for all. This recipe is a great one for detoxing your system so you’ll feel better and be reenergized to get right back on track. Plus, it’s delicious!

Watermelon – One cup cut up is enough for one glass. Watermelon actually has an amino acid that can help  your kidneys and liver flush out toxins that got built up over the weekend.

Cucumber – Half a cucumber is all you need. This is helpful for the same exact reason watermelon is and it helps keep you hydrated to reduce cravings.

Lemon – Lemons are powerful at detoxing your body and adding a little freshness to the flavor.

Lime – Lime goes really well with watermelon and mint and will tie this whole drink together by adding its own detoxifying agents, as well.

Mint Leaves – 4-5 large leaves will do for this recipe. Mint is not only refreshing, but it will also help kick those cravings you developed from letting yourself indulge over the weekend and even ease your stomach if you’re not feeling well.

Directions: Chop the watermelon, cucumbers, and mint into small pieces and add them to 8-12oz of water.  Squeeze half a lemon and half a lime into the mixture. Drink up and enjoy!

 

Overall, the most important thing you can do to get back on track after a weekend of cheat meals and partying is to get right back into your routine – same workouts, same meals, etc. Doing this will get your body back into the swing of things and it’ll be easier for you to maintain.

This happens to everyone – even the best of us – so it’s really important for us all to know how to get back on track. Tell me about a time you had to get back on track and what you did to maintain your routine after a weekend of cheat meals and partying!

Can What You Wear Affect How You Workout?

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Hi loves! Something I wanted to talk about today has to do with what you wear when you’re working out. As much as it seems pointless, what you wear can actually impact your workout for the better…or for the worse.

There’s a reason we don’t go into the gym in jeans and a leather jacket. As cool as we might look in a badass outfit like that, they don’t offer what we need in order to get a killer workout in. In fact, they make working out a lot harder and can negatively impact our results.

Now, I know all of you won’t go to the gym dressed in jeans and a leather jacket, but are you wearing the right clothes in order to get the most out of your workout? Here’s how what you wear can affect your workout and stunt the progress toward your goals.

1.    Compression Leggings VS Yoga Leggings

Heavy weight lifting and yoga are almost opposite workouts. I think we can all agree on that. So why is it that many people wear the same leggings for each? Truth be told, if you want to reap the most rewards from your specific workouts, you should wear the leggings that support what you’re doing.

For example, yoga is all about movement and breathability. You want your yoga leggings to be able to stretch far but still have some breathing room. On the other hand, when you’re lifting heavy weights, compression leggings – or tighter leggings – are better for constricting the muscle to induce more blood flow. The increase in blood flow provides your muscles with more oxygen which in turn makes them function at a higher level.

 2.    Sweaters VS Tanks

Weather and the temperature of your gym is always going to play a role in whether you should wear sweaters or tank tops in the gym. If you find that your movements are slow and you’re not able to stay “warmed up” for very long, it’s probably because your muscles are cooling down a lot faster than they should be. That being said, wearing tanks is a bad idea if this happens to you often. On the other hand, wearing sweaters and sweatpants will keep your body temperature higher for a longer period of time, allowing your muscles to stay warm and fully functioning.

 3.    Running Shoes VS Lifting Shoes

By now, I’m sure you’ve noticed that shoes are labeled differently according to what they’re made for. But maybe some of you aren’t fully aware of just how beneficial working out with the right shoe can be.

If you’re a long distance runner, you’ll definitely need some shoes that are meant specifically for running. They’re padded more at the bottom and allow for spring when you step. This is to protect your knees because the repeated impact of running can harm them if you don’t use the right shoes to run in.

Lifting shoes that are meant for heavy weight training are specifically designed do be sturdy, have a slightly raised heel (depending on the shoe) and won’t have much – if any – spring at all because it would hinder your performance. If you use running shoes during your heavy lifting, you won’t be able to lift as stable as with a training shoe and this could compromise your form significantly.

 4.    Fashion Sports Bra VS Effective Sports Bra

You can’t deny just how adorable some sports bras are out there, but how many of those fashion forward bras are actually effective? Sports bras are meant to hold the girls in tight so you don’t have the discomfort of them moving too much during a workout. If you don’t wear effective sports bras, you could be easily distracted by your discomfort and may even skip out on important and beneficial exercises (like jumping rope) that can help you achieve your goals.

 5.    Look Good, Feel Good

Now, your attire may not be ALL about how good you look, but I think we can all agree that looking great in the gym definitely helps you feel amazing. When you feel confident, you push yourself harder, find your workouts to be a little easier, and you actually want to stay in the gym longer to show off your adorable outfit. Those are all things that can help propel you forward to meet your fitness goals.

 What you wear in the gym is actually more important than you think. If you want to make the most out of your workout, try your best to find the clothes that will help you achieve your goals!

Add These Exercises to Your Routine for Some Extra Fun and Benefits

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Hi everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weeked! I wanted to talk about something that I think we can all relate to. Many of you tell me you really want to lose weight and get in shape…but you’re bored with the same routine and you’re just not having fun.

This is completely understandable and a lot of people feel the same way as you. Not every workout is going to be super exciting. In fact, you may even cut your workouts short or skip them altogether because you just want to go do something fun instead.

For all of you who feel this way, I’m here to help! If you’re lacking entertainment in your workouts and you want to step them up to the next level and benefit from them more, your answers are here. These are a few workouts for you and some different tips on making your workout regimen entertaining!

Zumba

If you don’t know what Zumba is, it’s a video or class based workout that has you following an instructor and dancing to a bunch of really fun songs. The best part about this workout is that you burn calories and tone your body all at the same time without even realizing it’s even a workout!

Yoga

For all of you that don’t like the intensity of exercise, try doing yoga instead! Not only is this a really great way to tone your entire body, but you’ll also feel calm and increase your flexibility. The best part about this is that you’ll go away with a really good workout and you’ll feel really relaxed afterwards.

Ultimate Frisbee

For those of you rolling your eyes or even laughing at this one, just remember that playing this can burn you the same as just running on a treadmill or down the street. You’ll burn tons of calories and tone more than just your legs, too.

Dance Class

If none of you have ever taken a hip-hop dance class but you hate exercising, you may want to reconsider. Even if you’re an awful dancer, going to this dance class can help you burn some serious calories all while you’re dancing and hanging out with friends!

Hiking

If you’re the outdoorsy type, you can be guaranteed that this workout will benefit you more than forcing yourself to do a bunch of boring lifts. Not only will this help your cardio, but adding a weighted backpack with even just a picnic lunch and some water will help add some muscle to your legs and core. AND you get to enjoy an amazing view as your reward.

Tips for Making it Fun

Get a Workout Buddy

This is one of the best ways to make working out fun and give you a reason to get up and go every day. How can your workout be boring when you have your best friend right there with you? You can joke about how much it sucks and push each other to do better. You’ll walk away thinking you’ve just hung out with a friend instead of worked your butt off.

Go Somewhere New

Maybe you don’t hate the exercise part, maybe you just hate where you exercise. If you find that you really hate working out in a gym, then try a different form of exercising and take it to the park or the beach! Changing your surroundings can make a huge difference on how much you have fun during your workout.

Change up Your Routine

If you don’t like working out, maybe you’re just too bored with the same old routine. You should always switch up your workouts so you’re never doing the exact same sequence of exercises in a row. Not only will that keep you entertained, but it’s also more beneficial for your body!

Working out is something that a lot of us have to learn to love. But following these tips and trying these workouts you’ll be able to make exercising much more fun. All you have to do is try different things until you find the one that works best for you. Then you’ll be able to accomplish any goals you have!