All posts tagged: Fitness

5 Key Steps to Form Healthy Habits

Why is it so difficult for us all to stick to a new habit? Every year, millions of Americans create a New Year’s Resolution, and these resolutions are discarded in a matter of weeks or months. It’s easy for many of us to start a diet or a fitness program, but what is keeping us from forming these healthy habits long-term? Is it a lack of motivation, forgetfulness, or that it’s “just too hard”? The answer may lie within the Trans-Theoretical Model, a tool that can be used to assess one’s “readiness” to start a new healthy behavior. The Trans-Theoretical Model, or TTM for short, is a cyclic model with 5 stages. Here, I will outline each stage of the TTM, as well as some tips to continue moving forward in pursuit of your health goals. STEP 1 – Pre-Contemplation Pre-Contemplation is the beginning stage of the Trans-Theoretical Model. If you are in the pre-contemplation stage, it means that you have no desire to change your behavior in the immediate future. A person in this …

Why We Should Stop Worrying About Weight

“The only way to solve the weight problem is to stop making weight a problem—to stop judging ourselves and others by our size. Weight is not an effective measure of attractiveness, moral character, or health. The real enemy is weight stigma, for it is the stigmatization and fear of fat that causes the damage and deflects attention from true threats to our health and well-being.” – Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size I remember the first time I weighed myself on my Wii Fit balance board. I was 11 years old, and I weighed 92 pounds. That was a healthy weight, according to the video game, because I had a BMI (Body Mass Index) that fell within the “normal” range. I didn’t really care much about this new information, because, well, I was a kid. I wasn’t supposed to care about my weight. It had been a few months since I had last played the game, so when I turned it on, I received a message telling me I was due to weigh myself again. So I, now at 12 years old, stepped …

Sweet Smoothies Made Simple

I’m sure most of you, like me, made New Year’s Resolutions. And I’m willing to bet that most of you, like me, are struggling sticking to them. I decided that, for the new year, I would try to give up (ok, more like seriously cut back on) refined sugar. This has been pretty difficult to stick to, because I have always had a sweet tooth. The most difficult part has been finding something that I can whip up when I have cravings for something sweet that I can still consume and not feel guilty about later. That’s why this smoothie recipe is AMAZING. Plus, it’s so simple, and you only need a few ingredients to make it. Instead of using ice in your smoothies, use frozen bananas instead. Slice up a bunch of bananas, put them in a baggie and stick the baggie in the freezer. The bananas will provide a lot of natural sweetness, so there will be no need to sweeten your smoothie. Fill your blender with 1/3 frozen bananas, 1/3 fruit of your …

A Beginner’s Guide to Meal Prep 

It can be extremely overwhelming if you’re trying to switch your diet to all clean, wholesome foods. It’s even more difficult when you already have to plan meals on a tight budget. What may seem much easier, ordering takeout food or living off of frozen microwave dinners and ramen noodles, can actually wreak havoc on your entire body. Prepackaged frozen dinners and ramen noodle flavor packs contain high levels of sodium, which holds onto water and makes you bloat. Although takeout food may seem like a cheaper and quicker option than cooking, those dollars add up quickly, and you can end up blowing through your budget. I’m here to tell you how eating healthy on a budget is super easy, it just requires a little bit of planning. If you follow any health & fitness inspiration (or “fitspo”) accounts on Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest, I’m sure you are familiar with the concept of meal preparation. Meal prep consists of cooking a large batch of food at the beginning of the week that you then divide up into servings, store in Tupperware containers, and then have access to easy, healthy …