As if being in your 20s wasn’t hard enough, the universe also likes to add in “SLOW DOWN METABOLISM BY THE TIME THESE MILLENNIALS HIT 25” into the realm.
I remember the good ‘ole days in my early 20’s finishing a whole pizza to myself and then hitting up in-n-out with my crew for a late night craving. I also remember not gaining 500 pounds the morning after these cheat-day binges, but boy oh boy.. have things changed.
I am now creeping into my late twenties, and I gain an instant 20 just by ~looking~ at my favorite instagram food bloggers photo feed.
But I know I am not alone. Me and my fellow twentysomethings vent often about the frustration of how hard it is to keep up with a healthy lifestyle these days, and will occasionally discuss how good we used to have it while finishing off a bottle of red because.. #stress.
Okay but here’s the thing. We can only talk and complain about it so much, before it drives ourselves and everyone around us crazy. Like a good millennial, I strive to make our generation proud and have thought up some twentysomething budget-friendly ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle. These are everyday adjustments you can easily transition into your routine, and although simple and relatively easy, they can make a really great foundation for you and your newly-formed, #healthyAF, habits.
trade in your car keys for your nikes
Moving to San Francisco has cost me my entire life savings but I’ve gained some leg muscles which tbh balances it all out, right?! *jokes* – But really, I have embraced the typical city lifestyle of walking everywhere, mostly because it’s the most convenient but also because I will NOT give up a prime parking spot after I find one. I have noticed this small change of deciding to go everywhere on foot instead of by car has already had a positive impact on my body AND mind. Not only am I achieving and surpassing my 10k step goal daily, but I have also used my walking time as my me-time. The fresh air and mindless walking routes help lessen my anxiety and always puts me in the best headspace.
Importantly, don’t feel like even if you do not live in the city you cannot form this walking-everywhere habit. Turn every one of your weekly to-do list items that include driving somewhere, into a position that you could walk instead.
-your smaller grocery trip mid-week when you have some staples you need to pick up
-your bi-weekly trip to get pampered at the nail salon
-a trip to the bank to deposit your paycheck because you’re a boss ass b*tch
-a date with espresso at your local coffee shop
-to pick up dinner from the italian place around the corner
The best part about trading in your car keys for your nikes? You don’t feel as guilty while drinking that glass of wine at the end of the night. Don’t let anyone tell you different: You freaking deserved it!
embrace your inner-rachael ray
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE going out to eat. The company, the atmosphere, the food, the joy of not having to clean up after.. I mean, is there anything better?
BUT, eating out too much can not only effect your wallet but also your journey to a healthier lifestyle. When you go out to eat, the portion sizes are usually a bit too big, there are ingredients in the meals you cannot pronounce, and sometimes it just gets way too hard to resist the creme brûlée that is offered by the server as he brings out the dessert menu.
My tip for you as a twentysomething that wants to get fit: Start getting into the routine of cooking at home, often. Look up healthy and affordable recipes that you actually enjoy, turn on your favorite Taylor Swift playlist, light a candle, and get to cooking. Especially with the change of season and colder weather, the recipes on pinterest right now are THRIVING. Eating in, you have control over the portion sizes and ingredients. Use this to your advantage, your bod and your wallet will thank you for it later.
*PS: stay tuned for a new section on my blog in the near future – a hint: it involves health, food, convenience, AND will save you those dolla, dolla bills.
track it all
Not to get all Psychology-major on you guys, but studies show when you write down what you eat, you are more likely to stay on track and are more mindful of what you are putting in your body.
I am going to one up this, and also recommend you track what exercise you got in for the day as well. This 100% includes your walk to Safeway. Those grocery shopping bags are heavy!
My personal favorite app to track all of the above is MyFitnessPal. It let’s you insert what you ate for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, as well as putting in what workout you completed for the day. Give yourself a realistic target caloric-goal, and try to hit that each and everyday! One of my favorite parts about this app is you can share your food diary with your friends who are also on the app. I like to use this feature as the boost in my motivation, especially when I am craving things like chips and pizza (ha..always). I mean yeah, the nacho cheese chips are my all-time favorite, but am I really in the mood to be called out by Karen for eating 2 bags in 1 day?
earlier bedtime + earlier alarm clock
This is one habit I am actively trying to work on each and everyday! It has always been super hard for me to fall asleep at night. My mind likes to go through every hard scenario I have ever been through the second my head hits the pillow. *ugh*. But since moving to San Francisco, my body has somehow gotten into the routine of waking up early, (tbh I think it’s because I am still so excited I live here so I don’t want to waste a minute of the day), so, naturally, I have also been falling asleep earlier. I notice when I genuinely get a good night sleep and wake up at a decent time, I am so much more productive and motivated to get things done that whole next day. My favorite incentive to get me up and out of my bed early in the morning: The biggest freaking cup of coffee I can brew!
When making any type of change in your life, I always recommend starting with baby steps and then working your way up from there. These four healthy tips are super doable and can really help kickstart your new healthyAF lifestyle. Start with these, and then let’s connect in three weeks to add in even more.
Let’s work on creating the best version of ourselves together, deal?