It happens to the best of us - you see a photo of your goal body, see a healthy recipe you'd like to try, or just get fed up with being unhealthy, and go on a sudden 'health kick' to change every single habit you have in exchange for a healthier alternative. And, surprise surprise, it doesn't last longer than a few days, maybe a week if you're lucky. It's just not sustainable. Trying to kick one single bad habit or introduce a new healthy habit is hard enough, let alone entirely changing your lifestyle. It's hard to resist though; when you're in the mood to try and be healthy, you want to do it all. It doesn't feel worth it otherwise. But trust me, if you hold yourself back, that's how you stop yourself from getting burnt out and you can actually make progress.
So, summer is coming to an end. Depending on your university or college, or what degree you're doing, this could've been just about any length. I've been off for about three months now. And I've still got a month to go until classes actually start again. So, while I've still got a fair bit of time, you can never be too prepared. Here's how I'm going to be getting ready, and making sure I'm fully prepared for all the work to come, and just the general university lifestyle.
I always thought I could be a light packer, but as a lover of fashion, changing my clothes a million times, I've always found it quite difficult. This year though, when going to Mallorca in Spain, I had to really cut down on my packing when our taxi and flight had huge size restrictions. Whenever I go on holiday, I always found that I didn't wear at least half of what I brought. I knew I could do this, if I just did it right.
I buy clothes all the time—really, all the time. Every other week I have a new delivery, and it's terrible, but... I can't help it. So, over the time since I got a bank account and started this obsession, I've learned where I should and shouldn't buy from.
A macro—short for macronutrient—is either protein, fat, or carbohydrate. They're the three key food groups we need to consume for our body to function. By counting macros (aka, counting how much you consume in a day of each food group), you can lose weight, build muscle or just get healthier without having to restrict yourself so much.
I have tried in so many ways to get fit and healthy. I've tried going to the gym, working out at home (with bodyweight exercises), going for runs, going swimming, everything. I can never seem to stick to anything though, and a lot of the time I end up buying equipment that I think will magically get me to work out, but never does and I end up giving up and not using it. So, out of all of the stuff that I've used, here are the things that actually helped.