Fitness: Cleanse Yourself Of Unwanted Habits, by Sandra O’Brien

Continued from Getting Ready for Warm Weather Clothing

Here are some steps you can take to cleanse yourself of unwanted habits this spring:

1.     Remove all processed foods from your home. Chips, ice cream, crackers, canned fruits and veggies, pop, and the like. If it didn’t at one time grow on a tree, vine or in the ground, swim, walk or fly, get rid of it. When cravings hit, and they will, no matter where you hide it, you will find it. Don’t do that to yourself! Just don’t have it in your home. If you live with a partner who doesn’t fully support your journey, here is a suggestion. I have clients who do this and it works well. They have a locked box where the unsupportive partner keeps all the toxic substances. Chips, cookies, milk chocolate etc. Only that person holds the key and vows to NEVER give the key to or open the box in your presence. Of course the best case scenario is you have a partner who supports your desire for overall optimal health, but that again is another article.

2.     Stock up on real food. Cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, kale, Swiss chard, whatever you love to munch on, keep it handy. If you love dip, make your own or buy organic hummus, oil and vinegar, salsa… whatever you like, have it on tap. If you choose to eat meat, have prepared ahead of time, 4 oz servings at your fingertips. Free range turkey, beef, lamb and wild game. Just plan to do it twice a week and get it done. Put in the fridge premade containers of protein ready to eat. If you don’t eat animal, make sure you have a supply of healthy organic nuts, quinoa, rice and beans and plant-based protein shakes to round out your protein intake for the week.

3.     Avoid liquids that have more than zero calories. Water, organic plant-based teas and organic black coffee are some options. It is way to easy to consume a quarter or more of a day’s calories in one trip to Starbucks or Tim’s. Don’t fall into that trap. Ensure the calories you consume are nutrient-dense in fibre, vitamins, mineral and enzymes. Not sugar and carbs.

4.     Clear out the clutter of unproductive time in your day. Do you spend more than two hours each day in front of the TV? Could that time be better spent improving your body, mind, soul, relationships that are important to you? Would reading inspirational books do more for you to expand your mind and heart than sitting in front of the tube? Would talking to your partner do more for you going forward? Finding out their dreams, goals, immediate struggles they now face? I don’t know the answers — these are just questions to expand your mind and help you think outside of what you now consider normal. Often, letting go of what is typical is the key to opening doors to what can be incredible.

5.     Move every day. Twenty minutes of intense activity will suffice overall to keeping you lean, in combination with not overeating. Do something you love. You don’t have to kill yourself, just sweat and move your entire body and commit to doing it daily. Do burpies, run, swim, dance, weights, yoga, whatever makes you smile. Just do it. You can find weekly workouts on my blog or Facebook group under BootcampGoddess.

6.     The most important action to getting rid of excess in your life and moving forward to a more joyful, healthier existence is simple. Believe in yourself. Know you have the power and the capability to do it. Take action on a few key steps daily and go with the flow. Judge yourself less. See the future of what you desire more. Know every morning when you open your eyes, you are one day closer to manifesting your ideal energy level, optimal health and yes even your cutest butt ever!! Make it so! You have the power!!

I would love to know how this article has assisted you in moving forward. Please post your comments below or on my blog at www.bootcampgoddess.com.

Sandra O'BrienSandra O’Brien is mother to the world’s three most fabulous children. She is also a Law of Attraction Life Coach, Personal Trainer, and Reiki healer. She is creator of the Bootcamp Goddess system, a female fitness program to blowtorch body fat, sculpt sexy lean muscle and empower women everywhere to be the best version of themselves, inside and out. She enjoys the ocean, fire walking, reading, long walks, meditation, men in linen shirts and a full moon.