so you want to be fit?

Disclaimer: I am stepping on a soap box. 

I am sick and tired of getting on Facebook and seeing posts like "In just 12 days you too can lose five pounds and three inches.....just purchase [fill in the blank weight loss supplement] from me!"

Really? The overall goal is to be healthy, right? I don't know about you, but filling your body with chemical junk to lose a few l.b.'s doesn't sound very "healthy" to me. Regardless of whether you see instant results or not, it's more of a crash diet approach than a healthy lifestyle, meaning those results more than likely won't stick around.

You want to know how to lose weight and get fit the right way? I'll tell you. It's not that hard.


You don't have to do crossfit. You don't have to go 100% paleo. Just because that's what I do and what works for me, doesn't mean it's right for everyone (although I highly recommend giving it a try before you start dissing it).

What you DO have to do is clean up your diet and do some sort of physical activity.

Limit your alcohol intake. Eat fewer carbs, grains and sugars. Eat more protein, healthy fats and veggies. Drink more water and fewer cokes. Cut out the processed junk and replace it with real, clean food to fuel your body the right way. Allow yourself a cheat meal or a cheat day every now and then so you don't go totally mental.

And exercise? So what if you can't run five miles or lift more than ten pounds? Just start somewhere. Walk, then walk a little faster, then walk a little longer. Before you know it you'll be running. Buy a workout video. Try beginner yoga or zumba. Go for a bike ride. There are a gazillion options out there to choose from, you just have to be willing to go and do, get moving and push yourself. Yes, scale everything to YOUR level, but keep pushing and keep trying, and soon you won't need to scale it anymore.

That's the secret, ya'll. Fuel your body with clean food and get active. Then you, too, can have results like these in just 21 days.....

Stepping off my soap box, now.

But for real, if you have any questions about eating clean or working out, I'd be happy to share what has worked for me. You can also check out my crossfit idol Emily Schromm's thoughts on the matter. If her bangin' bod isn't enough to convince you that the paleo-ish lifestyle works, I don't know what is. Also, I highly recommend her 21 Day Superhero Challenge. It is life changing, packed full of good (and scientific) information, and clearly her method works.

Going to eat bacon and work on some pull-ups now, byeeee.


Anonymous said...

I'm trying to start the paleo but not sure how to, do u have any suggestions for a beginner

Amanda Martin said...

Starting is the hardest part! Start with a timeline to challenge yourself (paleo for 21 days or for 1 month). Give yourself a cheat meal every week to look forward to and to keep you from going crazy. Meal prep is key for me, so I prep everything for the week on Sundays. Snacking is where I struggle the most, so I stock my kitchen with healthy and satisfying snacks like frozen grapes, salted nuts, apple sauce or kale and apple chips! They trick my taste buds ;)

Anonymous said...

One more thing and I'll leave you alone. I see you drink coffee my question is what do you use for cream since milk isn't a part of paleo? I read where it says coonut milk but I'm allergic to coconut and afraid to drunk it

Thank you by the way for answering my queations

Amanda Martin said...

No problem! I'm a huge fan of butter coffee. Butter is a tricky subject in the paleo world, but most agree that grass-fed, clarified butter is OK and doesn't affect the digestive system in a negative way (kerrygold is a popular brand - it's also really delish!).

I mix 1 Tbsp of kerrygold with my cup of coffee every morning (always use a blender for this or else the butter and liquid won't blend very well). The fat in the butter helps keep you full and energized! Keep in mind sugar isn't technically paleo, either, so if needed, try spicing up your butter coffee with pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon. You can also try using almond milk as a substitute for cream, but I find it to be a little too thin for my taste. It's great elsewhere, though!

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