I am all for losing weight and getting in shape to become the best version of yourself (which is what I hope I am inspiring you to do here). However, I think there is a HUGE disconnect between losing weight and keeping it off, getting in shape and staying in shape. It seems like the pounds reappear and the muscles disappear way more quickly than the results happen in the first place, am I right?

I want to share some pretty easy to follow, yet super effective tips that I have personally used to lose weight and get healthier, because let’s face it, it can be downright hard sometimes! And I am a huge advocate for us women sticking together to help each other out and life each other up as much as we possibly can! #girlpower

Now before I share these tips with you, I want you to know that between both of my pregnancies and now, I have gained and lost of 100 pounds. There have been times in my life, shortly after losing the majority of my baby weight, where I have definitely fluctuated in weight, pant size, etc, until a few years ago when I really started to focus on my health and shed the pounds for good. Everything I am sharing with you today have been huge contributing factors to my overall health and weight loss journey, and I hope that they help you all the same!

  1. Don’t force yourself to give up your favorite foods - Yep, I said it. You can have your cake AND eat it too. #micdrop. In all seriousness, forcing yourself to give up foods you love is never going to be sustainable. You may be able to do it for awhile, but the heart wants what it wants, and eventually you’ll find yourself eating those foods, maybe even in excess because you’ve been deprived for so long. You can definitely still lose weight and get healthy without giving up your favorite foods, especially if you do one, if not all both of these things:

    1. Find a healthier version of those cookies or that pizza (maybe switch out that ice cream for dairy free ice cream with less sugar)

    2. Instead of taking your favorite foods away, simply add healthier meals and snacks to your diet.

  2. Come from a place of self love - this is absolutely a non-negotiable when it comes to getting healthy and losing weight. The desire to do so needs to come from a place of self love, not a place of self hate. For example: “I love my body which is why I choose to fuel it with foods to keep it healthy” and not “I hate what I see in the mirror and that nothing fits me anymore, so I am going to stop eating x, y, z.”

  3. Don’t shame yourself - The next most important thing to take into consideration is not hating yourself for eating those cookies or that pizza. It’s totally ok to indulge every once in awhile. We ALL do it, we are human after all! When you eat something that triggers the initial thought of “I shouldn’t haven eating that” don’t stress over it. Tell yourself that overall you make healthy decisions and you deserve to treat yo’ self every once in awhile. Don’t let a donut ruin your day, ok?

  4. Food is fuel - You can think compare your body to your car, or SUV, or minivan, or whatever you’re rockin’ on the road, and the food that you eat as fuel for it. Your vehicle can do it’s job (getting you from point A to point B) because it has the right fuel to do it. If your gas tank is empty or if you put in the wrong type of gas, guess what, your vehicle isn’t going to be able to do what you need it to do anymore. Feed your body foods that it can convert to the fuel (energy) that it needs to function properly, otherwise you’re going to find yourself mentally and physically exhausted.

  5. The more processed it is, the harder it is for your body to break down - This is an excellent rule to live by when it comes to choosing the foods you eat on the regular. If it is frozen/packaged/convenient/comfort food chances are it is going to be harder on your body to break down. Do you know what this does? This slows down your entire digestive system and takes your metabolism along with it, which can really hinder your intention to get healthy and lose a few pounds.

  6. Eat more foods that make your body feel good - Notice I said body here, not head or heart? You know the feeling you get after eating a big heavy, greasy meal? The bloating, the fullness, the “why did I eat so much?” feeling? Eat more foods that make you feel the opposite of that. You rarely every hear someone complain about how full and miserable they are after eating a salad or drinking a smoothie, right? Eat foods that leave you feeling energized and light.

  7. Try meal planning or a meal delivery service - If your time is limited or you feel stuck trying to come up with healthy recipes that actually taste good, try a meal service! They are popping up all over with so many healthy options that keep you from eating the same thing over and over again. Meal planning can also be super helpful when your grocery shopping and keep you from filling your pantries with junk and deciding to order pizza because you don’t know what to make for dinner that night.

  8. Start your day off right - The very first thing you consume in the morning set the tone for your digestive system throughout the day. Try starting every morning with a big glass of water and maybe switching out your bagel for a smoothie or a fruit bowl, something that goes down easily and gives you enough energy to tackle your to-do list.

  9. Enjoy the journey - At the end of the day losing weight or getting in shape is all about getting healthy and staying healthy. Health should always be our number one priority. We don’t just want to look good, we want to feel good too. If you focus on health as a result instead of pounds or muscle mass, it’s a lot easier to avoid getting caught up in the numbers on the scale or size of your pants. Your health is your ultimate wealth.

  10. Jumpstart your sustainable weight loss - By providing your body with the essential nutrients that it needs and cleansing out your digestive tract that might be a little sluggish depending on what you have been eating lately is the best way to jumpstart weight loss and set your body up for success. I highly recommend finding quality vitamins to take and considering doing a cleanse to clear out and restore your body and your gut.

Believe me when I say that I know how stressful losing weight and getting healthy can be. It truly does take a toll on us mentally and physically, but I want you to know that I believe in you, and I am cheering you on every step of the way! You got this girl!

xoxo, Ashlee Jaine (1).png