It’s not about spending hours in the gym killing yourself to look like an airbrushed bikini model, it’s just about introducing 30 minutes of movement into your day to impact your health… and yes… change your body. My approach to working out has changed many times over the years and I can honestly tell you that little changes yield big time results. Targeting your exercise to be muscle building AND a cardio workout simultaneously will make for a happy body.
I’ve eaten too much and I’ve eaten too little, but I’ve finally found that happy medium that leaves me satisfied and never deprived. Moderation is key with anything you do, especially when it comes to nutrition. You don’t have to give up the things you love; you just have to either figure out how to make your favorite dishes healthier OR have them sparingly. I love cupcakes, so I’m not about to cut them out of my life for the sake of abs. Putting focus on balanced meals full of whole foods will help you reel in your diet and start seeing results. Remember… having a diet and being on a diet are two different things. We don’t go on diets here at Nikki Nurtures.
Not everyone wants to be or should be a size zero and that’s ok.
Treat yourself well. We’re much harder on ourselves than we are on others. It’s time to let go of being so critical of ourselves and learn to love ourselves through every step. Keep a journal of all your hopes and dreams. Document your successes and failures. Don’t forget to show gratitude, either! Part of your new lifestyle should be building yourself up. There are no bad workouts—just ones that didn’t happen; you can always correct a bad-eating day and you can certainly improve at everything you do. Wellness is a journey, not a destination, so pack a bag and get ready for the long haul. You CAN do it!
Don’t beat yourself up, build yourself up!
It’s time to remove ‘can’t’ from your vocabulary. My biggest piece of advice for achieving a lifestyle change is to start slow. Never forget that small changes yield big time results! You’ll hear me say that a lot because I know what tweaking my diet and walking more did for my body a few years ago. I don’t want you to think that you need to or should go from 0 to 100 to achieve your goals. Be good to yourself. Love yourself. Keep your eye on your goal and remember your ‘why’. The rest will fall into place. You’re already beautiful. You already have a bikini body. You can love yourself and still want to change. The caterpillar loves itself and yet it decides to transform into a butterfly. That’s all you’re doing… transforming from awesome to more awesome!
Consider me your wellness cheerleader!
Some of my favorite products that help the journey become a little bit easier!