ULTIMATE Savvy Guide to Get Started (Part 1)

Ultimate Savvy Guide

The Ultimate Savvy Guide to Get Started was created to help you wade through some of what may be holding you back when it comes to making diet and lifestyle changes.These days there is no lack of information, you simply have to Google or go to You Tube.

It’s great that we live in an age where we have access to such valuable resources. Technology is what allows me to provide this space.

But it can also be confusing and overwhelming to get started in anything.

Often information overload hits and you start procrastinating and figure you’ll get back to it (whatever it is) tomorrow. Then tomorrow comes and there is something else to do.

Or is that just me? Fess up, I know I am not alone in this! 🙂

You see, there really is no better time than now to make the changes that you keep thinking about.

A year from now do you want to still be thinking that you should _____ (Insert your desire/goal)?

Or would you rather have a plan in place so that you know that a year from now you will have either reached, or be that much closer to, your desires?

Work with your life as it is right now, because otherwise there will always be an excuse that will get in your way, start living!

I place a main focus on eating well because when you eat well and fuel your body healthyou start feeling better, you have improved mood, and energy, and in many cases less pain. This spills over other areas of life so that you start seeing more growth, and you may feel that you can just do more.

Life is a cycle, we all know this.

Food is one of our most basic needs, yet it has become an over complicated process. For many reasons, which could become a whole other post 🙂

This Ultimate Savvy Guide to Get Started will give you the direction you need.

We’ll discuss some of the basics involved in adopting a healthy lifestyle and target the most common concerns with tips to deal with them.

Remember this is not a DIET, it is a lifestyle, YOUR lifestyle.

You need to choose what works for YOU.

There are two main side effects to this new lifestyle:

First, you will most likely notice that you will lose weight, maybe only a few pounds, maybe a lot, that will depend on you.

wellbeingAnd second, you will likely start to feel better, improving your overall sense of well being; this can be to varying degrees, which again will depend on you and your health prior to making changes.

Click here for a FREE guide to release fads and diets, and not rely on willpower.

Here’s how to get started:

Keep track of your journey. If you feel the need to weigh yourself, do it at most once each week and write it down. Keep track of everything you eat and drink.

What about your feelings? How much stress were you under? How well did you sleep? Write those down too!

Set realistic and specific goals. 

Remind yourself daily of why you want to make changes and/or feel better.

Reward yourself when you reach short-term goals, treat yourself to that book you`ve been wanting to read, or get a manicure or a haircut.

Write down the specific changes you are making. For example: “I will eat ice cream once a week instead of every day”.

Quality of Calories over Quantity of Calories.

Skip high-calorie, poor-quality snacks like chips and cookies (yes, this includes the 100-calorie packs too!). Snack on vegetables instead.

Skip soda or juice drinks and drink water instead. Go easy on fast foods, eat food from home instead.

Be consistent and you’ll see results!

Increase the calories you use. Add extra activity to your day, most days of the week, take the stairs instead of the elevator and park a little further from the store when shopping. Check with your health provider about starting an exercise program. Keep track of your activity each day-write it down!

Here is an Ultimate Savvy Guide to Get Started Challenge:

Eat regularly-don’t skip meals – this is probably the most important to remember

Drink 6-8 cups of water each day.

Increase activity a bit each day.

Get support from family and friends.

If you splurge, don’t give up – there will always be setbacks, but again this is a new lifestyle so you need to find what you can live with LONG TERM.

The Ultimate Savvy Guide to Get Started is Continued in  Part 2.

Note: Please remember that these are basic guidelines. Keep your current state in mind, if you have any medical conditions consult with your doctor. Use what you can and ignore the rest, at least for now. 

Lisa Corkum is not a Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian, psychologist or Medical Professional. The information on this website is not intended to  diagnose or replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.