Let’s Talk Accountability

The return of my home gym has me feeling extra appreciative and motivated after quite a few weeks of withdrawal. It took some major accountability to maintain a regular workout schedule, but it was more than doable. Summer calls for beach days, barbecues, and rosé…all day…right?! So how do you stay motivated to work out and eat relatively healthy with all of this fun and temptation? It’s all about balance and accountability. Here are some top tips for staying accountable all summer long:

  • Schedule, plan, and make your healthy choices a non-negotiable party of your life. Fit in a workout before the beach, (or run at the beach!) barbecue, party, and rosé. You’ll feel so much better enjoying the fun times if you balance them out with healthy choices. Staying on top of it also allows for some ‘wiggle room’ when you want that ice cream cone, glass of wine, or burger.
  • Try something new. While having a fitness routine is great, switching it up and trying new things is even better. Along with muscle confusion and the physical benefits of variety, it also helps to keep motivation high. There are countless fitness classes around the Hamptons, especially in the summer, so try a few and find some new ones you love! It’s MUCH easier to get to a class you love (even on a perfect beach day) and showing up is half the battle!
  • Make it fun. Eating healthy is not boring. In fact, it can be fun and pretty! Take advantage of in season fruits and vegetables and experiment with fun ways to prepare them, like grilling or making ice pops, smoothies, or skewers…Bon appetit to that!

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  • Challenge yourself by setting goals. No matter how big or small your goals are, make them clear, make them your own, and plan out the necessary steps you need to take to reach them. With a positive attitude, you’ll be achieving your goals and living your dream life in no time!
  • Think outside the box (aka gym.) Do an at-home workout, youtube workout, or, even better, go for a walk or run outside. Take advantage of the warm weather and gorgeous surroundings while you soak up some Vitamin D and fresh air for a win-win!

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  • Keep track. For some people, keeping a food and/or exercise log can be extremely effective. The practice of writing down what you eat can make you more aware of mindless munching. For others, it’s infeasible to keep a food journal, (and that’s ok!) but keeping track of your exercise or checking your workout off when you’re done can be extra rewarding.

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  • Buddy Up. Even with all of these strategies, it still gets tough to hold yourself accountable each and every day. That’s why we have workout buddies! Thankfully, when I’m feeling lazy, I’ll get a text from a friend “workout?” or “spin at 4:30?” and that’s all the motivation I need to commit. Be sure to make some workout buddies and be a workout buddy yourself, the more the merrier!

One Healthy Breakdown: No one said it was going to be easy, but it sure is going to be worth it, stay accountable this summer!

 

Back to School Workout

As we all adjust to our fall routines and our packed schedules, it can be easy to let the workouts slip. Don’t! Exercising regularly is not only good for your health, it will give you more energy to embrace life as a busy bee! Here’s an at-home workout you can even fit in first thing in the morning before work, school, and life get in the way! A+ for that!backtoschool

One Healthy Breakdown: whether you’re in school or not, you’ll benefit from this at-home workout, so learn to love it!

I’m Coming Home…#weddingvenueshopping

Whew! Touring wedding venues is EXHAUSTING! Super fun, special, and exhausting! Over the past week, my mom and I checked out seven wedding venues in The Hamptons and Boston (where I’m from.) It’s been an exciting few days for sure and I think I’m ready to return to my normal routine back in The Hamps.

photo 3I’ve quickly learned that wedding planning includes a hell of a lot of champagne and desserts. Not complaining! But, it’s a lot. Even without a wedding to plan, we all have weekends, celebrations, parties, meetings, traditions, and vacations. While it’s important to enjoy these events to the fullest and live a life of balance, not deprivation, it all adds up. The drinks, the clinks, the cals, the bubbly, the courses, the birthday cake, cake pops, pies, and so on.

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Who wouldn’t want to dig right into this?! You better believe I did. I tasted almost everything because it’s not everyday a girl is offered a sampler of fresh desserts involving carrot cake pops, chocolate covered strawberries, macaroons, and pumpkin whoopie pies…now is it? But, a taste is a taste and I do want to be able to fit into a wedding dress over the next few months! Yes, I had my cake and ate it too, but I also focused my enjoyment of this whole process on seeing the venues, enjoying the beautiful city of Boston, spending quality time with my mom and the rest of my family, and meeting new friends along the way!

photo 5I took advantage of this mini-vaca and enjoyed the time and these indulges. However, I did not sleep in and I did not forego my workouts. Balance is about enjoying what life has to offer, but not unraveling, or straying from goals. My goal is pretty loosely a body and mind that feels good, strong, and healthy, and a balanced, fun life. While my afternoons and evenings have been spent touring venues, getting drinks, lunch, or dinner with family, and, of course, the occasional frozen yogurt, my mornings have been spent running, spinning, at the gym, or on the yoga mat. And I love it that way. Work hard play hard, that’s really the message here.

Whether you’re in or out of your normal routine, do what you can and enjoy it. The weather is amazing this time of year, perfect for outdoor walks, runs, hikes, or bike rides. Choose something you love and do it. That way, exercise isn’t a chore but an activity. Something you know will pay off in the end, whether it’s to negate that cake pop, strengthen your muscles, stretch your body, refresh your mind, or all of the above, it’s always worth it if you ask me. Did I want to get up early yesterday morning to go to yoga? Not necessarily, but once I hit the mat, after a few downward dogs, I couldn’t have been happier that I did. That yoga class was exactly what I needed after lots of spinning. And, I enjoyed that yoga-zen for hours afterwards, an added bonus. Strive for balance, not perfection. It’s possible to enjoy every celebration, big and small, while living a healthy life. A healthy life is a longer life! More moments to enjoy!

One Healthy Breakdown: When all else fails, take the stairs!

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Step Right Into Fall

Road Through ForestIf you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a hundred times: summer’s over, folks! Luckily, it’s not the end of the world. We’ll get to enjoy the fall weather (and for locals, the beach isn’t going anywhere!) as it turns from warm to crisp to (eek!) chilly. With the change in season, comes a pretty sudden shift back into a routine. While summer is a time to let loose a little bit, school and work schedules get us right back on track for September, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For me, I’m a sucker for routine. It just makes me feel grounded to stick to a schedule, while enjoying what fall has to offer of course.

Who doesn’t get excited for apple picking, pumpkin spice everything, sweaters, fall hikes, and boots?! Fall is a fun season, so take advantage! Pick the apples, order the pumpkin spice, or, even better, make some home-made pumpkin recipes, light a scented candle, hike more, wear cozy sweaters, carve a jack-o-lantern, and enjoy! Here are a few of my top tips for stepping (not falling!) right into fall!

apples on a burlap bag1. An apple a day! Utilize that in-season produce as much as possible. Some local fall bests (other than the obvious apples and pumpkins) include kale, brussels sprouts, cranberries, escarole, grapes, celery, pea pods, raddichio, and kohlrabi. Pick it, cook with it, eat it.

If you have a sweet tooth like me, opt for an apple. They’re nature’s candy and super fresh this time of year, especially if you pick your own! One of my favorite afternoon snacks is as simple as it is healthy (are you surprised?) Just cut an apple into bit-sized pieces. Sprinkle with cinnamon and a little Stevia (optional) and microwave for three minutes. Let cool and you have a delicious, warm, and comforting snack. Add oats, nuts, some crunchy cereal, nut butter, (or cooked apple!) for some sustenance or to make a healthy dessert (or breakfast!)

2. It’s not winter yet! Take advantage of fall weather by exercising outdoors. Fall is the perfect season for outdoor running, bike riding, hiking, and even some extended paddle boarding on warmer days. No one can argue that a fall run through the woods with the colorful foliage beats the treadmill any day. Our bodies still need that Vitamin D from the sun, so try a new outdoor activity and enjoy the great outdoors while you move!

3. Plan and pack! Packing your own lunch is cost-efficient and allows for far more control over what you eat during the day. Choose a few simple staples you know you’ll enjoy and make them. Salads, sandwiches, wraps, parfaits, soups, etc. With a busy routine, food prep is KEY. Plan lunches and/or dinners for the week and get your grocery shopping done on the weekends. Make big salads and divide them into containers for each day of the week. Cook in bulk and freeze or pack leftovers for lunch. Don’t forget to pack healthy snacks like yogurt, veggies, hummus, fruit, nuts, or your own trail mix and be sure to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated!

mid section view of a woman cutting vegetablesTo save time in the morning, you can even prepare breakfast the night before. One of my favorites is overnight oats. Just soak 1/3 cup of rolled oats (uncooked) in 1/2 cup of almond milk. Stir in a tablespoon of chia seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.. Refrigerate overnight and mixture will be thick and ready for you to add your favorite ‘toppings’ and devour in the morning, hot or cold. Whatever you choose, having healthy meals on-hand will save time, money, and rule out those last-minute not-so-good choices.

One Healthy Breakdown: Step into your happiest, healthiest fall!