Most of us our creatures of habit. We have a basic routine that minus some minor changes, we stick to most days. The monotony of a daily routine can get to even the most dedicated. To keep motivated I recommend variety, and I mean variety in many aspects.
The Workout – keep it interesting. If you go to your local gym daily by yourself lift, run, and stretch, you are inevitably going to get sick of it. And for a lot of people on a weight loss journey, this is sometimes where quitting occurs. Keep it interesting with new ideas such as different lifting techniques or cardio techniques like tabata or through some group exercise into your routine. Just don’t get stuck in a rut.
The Diet – Lets face it. Eating healthy can get old. Help to curb the boredom by keeping a varied diet. There are so many recipes out there today utilize the Internet and websites such as Pinterest to find healthy alternatives to your favorite meals.
Here’s a great example:
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Grilled Chicken with Peach BBQ Sauce
- 1 cup chopped peeled fresh peaches or 9-10 ounces frozen sliced peaches, thawed, chopped
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons adobo sauce from canned chipotle chiles in adobo or 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 skinless, boneless organic chicken breasts
- Vegetable oil
INGREDIENT INFOCanned chipotle chiles in adobo are sold in better supermarkets and at specialty foods stores and Latin markets.
Combine first 5 ingredients in a small saucepan. Season lightly with salt and pepper and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer until peaches are very soft and flavors meld, about 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat; let cool. Pour peach mixture into a blender and purée until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place half the sauce in a medium bowl; add the chicken and turn to coat. Let marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes, or cover and chill for up to 8 hours, turning occasionally. Cover and refrigerate remaining sauce.
Prepare a grill to medium-high heat. Brush grill rack with oil. Grill chicken until browned and almost cooked through, 4-5 minutes per side. Brush on all sides with reserved sauce; grill until glazed and cooked through, 1-2 minutes per side. Slice crosswise. Serve remaining sauce alongside.
Just remember if you’re feeling discouraged change it up. Don’t stop. EARN YOUR BODY.