If you’re reading this because you’re curious about living a healthier lifestyle, then I’m happy to say I have a legit answer on how to do it. There’s so many ways to create healthier habits in your life, but not all of them work for everyone. Some try intense diets and just can’t stick to them. Some hate the thought of exercising, especially anything cardio related. Some just make poor health decisions and don’t realize the harm they’re doing. Or, some just fall off the health track and want to get back on it. All valid reasons why some don’t live up to their healthiest potential. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a way to push forward!
Almost exactly a year ago, I created a personal “30 Day Challenge” for myself. I didn’t subscribe to a program, I didn’t order pre-made meals and I didn’t seek out a personal trainer. I evaluated what’s important to me, how I can achieve my goals within one month and exactly what I need to do to be a healthier individual overall (this varies for everyone- my biggest advice here is to just be real with yourself, you know what your bad habits are.) But all it takes is one month. One month of total commitment and dedication to your health. Last time I started my 30 Day Challenge, I pre-gamed with an entire pizza to myself because I knew it was going to be a long time until I had a slice again. I cut out all the cravings that I indulged in too much, I wrote workout plans to target specific muscles to follow day-by-day in my planner and saved workout videos to watch. That worked for me last year, but this year is different.
The beauty of the Jess Litras 30 Day Challenge is that it can be tailored to whatever YOUR needs are. Not everyone else’s and not even based on what you did last time. So really, you just replace my name with yours and continue it with “30 Day Challenge.” The key here is to create a plan that works for you. I make sure that whenever I’m tackling a 30 Day Challenge, I’m making it realistically achievable and not something that will just set me up for failure.
Here’s what my 30 Day Challenge will consist of this month:
- Workout 4-5 times a week
- Weight train 2-3 of those days
- Make barre class every Saturday and yoga class every Sunday at Equinox
- Follow along with the Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living Guide – I’m becoming an Independent Consultant soon, stay tuned for awesome promotions & products sold by yours truly 😉
- Only consume 2 alcoholic drinks a week
- Make smarter food decisions at the office
Now, although this is vague, there’s a lot that goes into each item here. The important thing when making a list of bullet points to identify your problem areas + anything you want to do more of/get better at.
You don’t have to ONLY eat lettuce. You don’t HAVE to workout every single day. You don’t NEED to cut out any and all alcohol. Make a plan that works for YOU.
I’d much rather work hard to keep my body as healthy as I can, but also honor it if I’m just dead tired from a long day at work and can’t make it to the gym and would frankly, just like a glass of wine before bed. Life happens and it’s okay to make adjustments as needed, as long as you balance them out. If you don’t make the gym one day, just eat healthier for dinner. Make it to the gym tomorrow.
Here’s a list of the foods I stick to on my 30 Day Challenge:
- Peanut butter
- Almond butter
- Cottage cheese
- Whole wheat bread
There’s of course many more, but those are my staples. I suggest to make a list of all the healthy foods you enjoy the most and keep that list handy when shopping throughout the month. Skip the processed foods, ditch the chips (my biggest weakness – you can still see I grabbed some Kale chips in my cart), and cut out the bad carbs. Basically, just shop on the outside of the grocery store, not in the aisles.
When you tailor your workout plan to your needs, you’ll find the most success and happiness. As long as it’s challenging, motivating and doable, you’ll see results. You just have to limit your bad habits, improve on your good ones and know that your inner peace is the most important aspect in all of this. The healthier you eat and the more you keep your body moving, the better you will feel. Each healthy decision you make will just make the next decision easier because you’ll realize how amazing it feels to be doing right by your body.
Create your workout plan, find workout videos to watch on YouTube, write down your exercises for the gym, take a challenging class and try to keep up with it all month, make healthier eating decisions, drink all the water and I promise I’ll have you saying “damn, it’s LITras.”
What does your 30 Day Challenge look like? If I’ve inspired you to start this month in a healthier direction, be sure to like, comment on the blog and tag me in your progress! Using the hashtag #itsLITras will give you extra points 😉