Ways to Finally Create an Exercise Habit That Lasts

Our New Year’s Resolutions — we say them with the best of intentions. We may even begin delving into them, trying to better our lives. Then it happens. Somewhere around February or March, everything peters out, and you realize you’ve yet again fumbled your resolutions. So before your resolution to prioritize your health gets put on the back burner again, let’s talk about some ways to make your resolution to exercise more stick this year!

You need a ritual. It is said it takes three weeks to make or break a habit. So for the next three weeks, create a routine that is ritualistic around that exercise. Do it at the same time every single day. For example, maybe every day after you eat lunch, take a 10-minute walk around your office building. You can build from there but creating that good exercise habit is what’s going to make it stick. Also, who doesn’t want to get away from their desk for 10 minutes, right?

Start simple. If you focus on something smaller, chances are you’ll be more willing to take more significant steps toward your goal. So say you decide you’ll do 2 minutes of squats at your desk while you’re on hold. Guess what? You’ll be more likely to exceed 2 minutes. And you’ll be even more likely to keep doing it every day. Keep coming back. Objects at rest tend to stay at rest, and objects in motion tend to stay in motion. This is the law of kinetic energy. By this logic, if you keep yourself moving and driving yourself to stay active without missing your exercise, you will keep doing it.

Build your exercise habit. Once you make it as necessary in your mind as those other habits you have, you’ll find that you can’t miss it. Developing a lasting exercise habit is so vital for our health and well-being. If you take the time to nurture this ritual each day, you’ll find that you won’t want to miss your exercise.

What’s your favorite type of exercise? I love to run, walk, ride my bicycle, and do yoga.

Do you struggle with figuring out what to cook for dinner, too?

You just worked all day, and instead of looking forward to going home to relax… you’re dreading the commute home because you have no idea what you’re feeding your crew for dinner.

Sound familiar?

You have enough on your plate — you shouldn’t have to worry what you’re going to put on everyone else’s plate, too.  Here are a few quick meals with minimal prep time.  Enjoy!

  1. Stuffed Sweet Potato Bar. Bake sweet potatoes and leave out all the toppings you have on hand to create your own baked sweet potato bar.
  2. Open face Avocado sandwich & soup. Add your favorite toppings on a slice of bread with smashed avocado.  Tomato and red onion would be yummy.  Pair with your favorite soup — you can even pick this up from the hot bar at the store already made.
  3. Flatbread on pita and salad. Take personal pan pizzas to a healthier level with these simple flatbreads on a pita.  Pair with a small side salad — simple and delicious!

What’d you have for dinner last night?  Inspire me!

The holiday season typically involves a lot of travel.  Bustling airports, busy highways, and packed trains.  Winter is also flu season and rampant with germs with all of these people around!

When I travel this time of year, I take extra precautions for staying healthy during my travels.

— About a week before I travel, I start increasing my immune boosters.  Aside from regular vitamins, Elderberry syrup works like a charm.  I also make sure to get enough sleep so that my body isn’t beaten down!

— Pack your vitamins and immune boosters to take with you.  I can’t even count how many times I felt an illness coming on during my travels due to the abundance of germs I was surrounded by on airplanes and public transportation.  Having your arsenal with you to combat it right away, before it sets in, is key.

— Pack your food.  It can be hard (or extremely expensive!) to eat healthy foods in airports and while traveling.  Pack yourself a healthy and easily transportable meal and snacks, so you don’t have to go hungry.

— Bring the antibacterial wipes or your favorite bacteria killing essential oil.

What do you do to keep the germs at bay as you travel?  Leave a comment below — I’m always looking for new ideas!

The holidays are sneaking up on us again!

Would you like to make this year different?

Would you like to actually stay on track with your health goals this year, like you say you will do every year?

Would you like to do so in a fun way with a lot of awesome support?

Join us for the Fit & Festive Healthy Holiday Challenge.

The weekly email topics include:

Eating for Energy

Stress Management

Keeping Your Sanity

You will also have access to a private Facebook group where I will post daily tips and we can share our struggles and successes. Maybe we can even share recipes 🙂

I’m also including a few free eBooks: Surviving the Holidays, Mindful Eating During the Holidays, and Fun & Feasible Fitness at Home.

Join for free by signing up HERE!

Date: December 3, 2017—December 23, 2017
Event: Fit & Festive Holiday Challenge
Sponsor: Kim Zajan, CHC
Venue: Private Facebook Group
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Why Autumn is Great for Resolutions

What feelings come up when you think of summer ending and autumn creeping in? Is it one of refreshment and excitement for the new season to begin? Or perhaps you’re disappointed for the summer fun in the sun to come to an end? Which side of the road are you on? Autumn is my favorite season.  I love the cooler weather and seeing the leaves change when I visit my cabin in GA.  The fall colors are my favorite <3

If summer’s half as busy for you as it is for most, the impending fall season may feel like an incredibly necessary wind-down time. As the weather begins to cool down and we gear up for a change, it’s the perfect time to reevaluate your goals that may have slacked off after New Years, and use this time as a second resolution season.  What in your life needs a fresh start? Think about 1 or 2 things that would improve your life for the better, that you’ve been meaning to get around to doing. Does this mean going to bed earlier on a regular basis? Making sure you eat fruits and veggies daily? Choose just a few things so you can stick with it!

What goals are you striving to achieve that need a tweaking? Anything you’ve been working on that’s taking longer than expected? That could mean you just need to slightly tweak your plan to make it more actionable, less daunting and more easily accessible. What could that be?  What projects around the house didn’t get checked off during Spring Cleaning? Is the closet still overflowing and the basement a mess? What project can you tackle that you’ve been putting off?

Aside from the beautiful colors, delicious seasonal foods and crisp air that autumn brings, it brings a new chance for achieving your goals by the end of the year as well. Don’t feel guilty if your new year resolutions fell to the side — pick them back up and reach your goals.

So, what will it be for you?  I’ll be training for a half marathon at Lighthouse Loop on October 29 and a full marathon at Tomoka in March of 2018.  I’m also working on decluttering my home and a few other health coaching programs.

The Busy People’s Guide to Healthy Eating on the Go

How to fuel your body for better health and more energy  even when you have a crazy busy schedule

One of the biggest struggles that most people face today is a hectic schedule.

We’re so busy that it makes eating healthy a real challenge. Quick and convenient foods end up taking the place of healthy, nourishing food when we’re on the go, go, go all the time.  These less-than-ideal food choices put us on the hamster wheel of experiencing low energy, weight gain, and potential health problems.

What if I told you it didn’t have to be this way? You don’t have to be a slave to your schedule and resort to fast food or processed foods on a regular basis.

It’s possible to eat healthy foods, even with a jam-packed schedule. It just requires a little bit of pre-planning to ensure success. You’ll feel better, have more energy, and your waistline will thank you too.

When you start fueling your body with healthier choices, you’ll probably also find that you don’t have that 3 PM slump or need that afternoon caffeine boost. (These are a couple of added benefits many of my clients experience, and they’re always pleasantly surprised).

I’ve included a list of healthy snack ideas to get you started, so keep reading.

Eating Healthy When You’re Not Home

There are plenty of circumstances that will take you away from home, and make it more challenging to eat healthy food. Take the time to plan ahead and you can relax knowing that you won’t be derailing your healthy living efforts by consuming empty calories that only make you hungry again a short time later.

Daily Errands and/or Kid’s Activities

Most of us spend several hours in our vehicles every week running errands, stuck in traffic or shuttling kids back and forth between activities. If we don’t plan ahead, it is easy to fall into the trap of swinging through the closest drive through when you (or your family) are hungry.

Don’t wait until the point that you’re starving to make food choices, as this will almost always lead to bad decisions. Instead, plan ahead, so you don’t have to rely on your willpower alone to keep you on track. Pack easy to carry healthy snacks, and keep them in either your purse or your vehicle. This way you always have healthy choices right at your fingertips.

Road Trips

Just because you’re on vacation, doesn’t mean you should take a total hiatus from your health goals. You can still live a healthy lifestyle on road trips by packing healthy foods to eat in the car. You can pack a cooler to keep handy so you have easy access to snacks while on the road. If you’re planning on stopping at rest areas along the way, pack a nutritious picnic lunch to eat before you head back out on the next leg of your trip.

Airports

Even though you can’t pack liquids in your carry-on bag, there are still plenty of options for what you can bring. You can pack wrapped whole food snack bars, nuts, seeds or even pieces of fruit in your personal items bag. With a little creative planning, you can keep your nutrition on track, and save yourself a bundle of money you would have otherwise spent on pricey (and often unhealthy) airport food and snacks.

Foods That Are Easy to Pack

The following items are all easy to prepare, and convenient to take on the go. Feel free to experiment, and find out which snacks best fit your preference and lifestyle. Mix and match options to see what works for you.  Be sure to keep any perishable foods in a cooler or use an ice pack.

  • Baby carrots and cucumber slices with hummus
  • Sliced or whole apples with nut butter or sun butter
  • Clementine or mandarin oranges
  • Grapes
  • Sliced or whole pears
  • Smoothie (if you plan to drink it within 30 mins or so)
  • Nuts and raisins (you can make your own trail mix)
  • Pumpkin seeds (pepitas) and/or sunflower seeds
  • Whole Food Snack Bars (such as Larabar)
  • Sandwiches or wraps
  • String cheese or cheese cubes
  • High quality beef jerky
  • Cut-up rotisserie chicken (keep cool with an ice pack)
  • Hard boiled eggs

Make the Most of Technology

Almost everyone has a smartphone with them at any given time. You can use this readily available technology to your advantage. Keep your food choices healthy when you’re on the go by utilizing apps that make healthy living easier.

“Healthy Out” is a handy app to keep your nutrition on track when eating out. You can search by tags like meals under 500 calories, paleo, heart healthy, and more. Download the app for iOS or Android to find restaurant meals that fit your needs.

If anyone in your family is gluten intolerant, it may be a challenge to find restaurants that serve gluten-free meals. You can use the app called “Find Me Gluten Free” to help find restaurants with gluten free offerings in your vicinity.

Make Midweek Meals Easy

Just because you have had a busy day doesn’t mean you have to resort to fast food or processed foods for dinner. With a little forethought, you can make sure your family has healthy meals ready to go when you walk in the door.

With the advent of Pinterest, you now have thousands of healthy crockpot meal ideas available for free. Do a quick search and see what recipes may interest you and your family. If you prep everything the night before, or even earlier in the morning, you can come home to a delicious home-cooked meal that is ready to serve.

Other helpful websites for crockpot recipe ideas are Allrecipes.com and Eating Well.

TIME SAVER TIP:  Batch cook and plan for leftovers. When you do have time to cook, simply double the recipe and set the extras aside to use later in the week on a particularly busy day. It takes very little extra effort to double the recipe, and you will reap the benefits of time savings later in the week.

Make Healthy Eating Strategies Work for You

Even with a busy schedule, you can still make sure that you are eating healthy, nutritious meals. By putting in a little bit planning, you can ensure that you and your family enjoy healthy foods that support your lifestyle and your goals.

You can do this! Let me know if I can help.

Kim

 

 

 

My Fit & Healthy Jump Start Program – is starting soon.

During the Fit and Healthy 30 Day Jump Start, we’ll focus on one transformational strategy each week:

  • Week 1How to plan for LONG-TERM success – Simple, effective tips to save you TIME, CALORIES and MONEY, without feeling deprived.
  • Week 2Finding the right exercise for YOU – Hint: you don’t have to spend hours at the gym to get in great shape.
  • Week 3Why choosing the quality of food (not just the number of calories) is critical for weight loss
  • Week 4Eating to fuel your body – what ONE thing you may be doing unknowingly to sabotage your efforts, and how to easily fix it.

Since the Jump Start program is online, you can participate no matter where you live! 

I also share some awesome recipes and guides.  Click HERE to learn more.  I hope to see you there!

 

 

During the Fit and Healthy 30 Day Jump Start, we’ll focus on one transformational strategy each week:

 

  • Week 1How to plan for LONG-TERM success – Simple, effective tips to save you TIME, CALORIES and MONEY, without feeing deprived.

 

  • Week 2Finding the right exercise for YOU – Hint: you don’t have to spend hours at the gym to get in great shape.

 

  • Week 3Why choosing the quality of food (not just the number of calories) is critical for weight loss

 

  • Week 4Eating to fuel your body – what ONE thing you may be doing unknowingly to sabotage your efforts, and how to easily fix it.

 

Since the Jump Start program is online, you can participate no matter where you live! 

Here’s how it works:   

This is an online program so you can join us from ANYWHERE in the world (please invite your friends – extra support is awesome!).

Once you sign up, you’ll receive:

  • One simple, transformational strategy each week to get you on the right track
  • Templates and worksheets to make tracking and planning easy
  • INSTANT access to the Exclusive Membership Group for support during the 30 days
  • SUPPORT, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION for 30 days

    PLUS…You’ll get THESE Amazing BONUSES for FREE

     (A $65 Value)

  • Delicious, Nutritious Recipe eGuide for breakfast, lunch, dinner and side dishes (A $27 value)
  • A Grocery Shopping Guide to help you easily navigate healthy food choices at the store (A $19 value)
  • Sensational Smoothies and Juices recipe guide (A $19 Value)

Grab a friend or 2 and come join us!

30 Days from now, you’ll be glad you did!

Join TODAY for only $27 through March 4.

Date: March 6, 2017—April 4, 2017
Event: 30 Day Fit & Healthy Jump Start with Kim Zajan CHC
Sponsor: Kim Zajan, CHC
Venue: Private Facebook Group
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

How to stay on track this holiday season

5 tips to help you get through the holiday season without packing on the pounds

As this holiday season approaches, many of us are preparing for big celebrations and parties.  Food, snacks, wine, beer, beverages… there is no other time of the year that people like to fill themselves up till their hearts content (or stomach is bursting!)

If you want to maintain your waistline this holiday season or even lose weight while people around you are packing on the holiday pounds, then this is for you!

Below are 5 tips for staying on track this holiday season:

stay on track sneakersEat Snacks Moderately – Let’s face it, snacks are abundant during the holidays seasons (as if they aren’t already throughout the year).  If you take a seat within an arm’s reach of the snack table, you’re going to have a tough time keeping yourself from unconsciously grabbing handfuls of party mix, candies, and the like and picking at them all day.  By sitting on the other side of the room, getting to the snacks involves a conscious effort into getting up and walking over to get at the snacks.

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise! – If the weather permits it, go out and take a quick walk around the house or block.  If your celebration is taking place in a colder climate, you’ll be more inspired to quicken your pace and burn a few extra calories in the process.  If the weather is bad, do 10-20 squats, stretches, or other brief exercise each time you go to the restroom.  You only want to do just enough to elevate your heart rate, but not break out into a sweat.  Chances are, no one will know what you’re doing, and you won’t have to feel self-conscious about trying to maintain your figure.

stay-on-track-waterEat More Raw Foods – Take an extra scoop of vegetables and fruit when filling your plate, and by the time you finish, you won’t have room for the other foods which are higher in calories and more likely to cause you to gain weight. Also, avoid fatty and fried foods (they taste good, but you know they aren’t good for you!)

Drink A Lot Of Water Throughout The Day – Water helps your body stay hydrated and healthy.  Drink a glass or two of water around 20 minutes before each meal, as well as during and between them.  The liquid in your stomach will help trick your mind into not feeling as hungry, which reduces the tendency to gorge yourself on potentially fattening foods.  Water also aids in the digestion process allowing your body more time to actually absorb the goodness in the food you consume.

stay-on-track-fruitEat In Smaller Portions – Instead of eating platefuls of food, try eating smaller portions throughout the day.  No doubt, everything at the table looks good, and it’s all you can do to keep from filling your plate 2-3 times so that you can sample everything.  An easy way to combat this urge is to simply take a smaller portion than you normally would of those dishes you’re most interested in, especially belt-bursting desserts.  Split a piece of pie or cake with your spouse, child, or another family member so you aren’t eating a full portion.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share?  Comment below or email me.  Let’s make this holiday season happy and healthy!

Kim’s Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

If you believe the stories about how much weight people put on during the holidays, you’re probably right.  Some people will be five pounds or more heavier at the end of the holiday season.  The bad news is we tend to keep the pounds that we put on during the holidays.  Over ten years those pounds could lead someone to become overweight or obese.  So, what can we do in order to keep those extra pounds off?   Here’s a few tips to get you through the holidays without adding extra weight.

Juweight-gain-browniesst A Nibble!
Have you ever noticed that when you start eating a rich dessert it tastes so good, but by the last bite, you’ve had enough?  One way to keep the pounds down is just to enjoy a 2 or 3 bites of that delicious cheesecake or chocolate fudge brownie.  No one says that you have to completely deprive yourself of holiday treats, just limit how much you eat!

Enjoy the Company, Not The Brownies!
Many people think of holiday parties in terms of the foods that they’ll get to eat (or have to avoid) instead of the real reason for the celebration – the company and conversation.  If you keep yourself busy chatting with friends, you’ll be less likely to go rummaging at the snack table.

Go Full
You’ve probably heard the grocery store trick; don’t go shopping when you’re hungry because you’ll only end up buying more.  Well, the same works for holiday parties! Eat a lot of raw vegetables, and other healthy foods before you go to the party as they will keep you feeling fuller and you’ll be less tempted to binge on the bad stuff.

weight-gain-waterDrink Water
If you were to add up the calories that you’ve probably consumed in food and beverages at parties, you would probably be shocked.  You can gulp down hundreds of calories without even realizing it if you’re not careful!  Try to remember to drink water before you eat and during your meal to help aid your digestion and stay hydrated.

Create An Eating Schedule
Instead of heading instantly to the food table and loading your plate and then suffering the rest of the party because you want more, try spacing out your snacks for the entire time of the party.  Plan on taking a nibble of something every twenty to thirty minutes. Not only will it help you eat less, it will be a fun game that you can play with yourself!

Most importantly, remember that the holidays are meant for enjoyment.  Try not to be too hard on yourself, and if you make a mistake, take a long walk to help work off those extra calories instead of beating yourself up over it!

 

FREE Healthy Holidays Program

Transform Your Holiday Season!

healthy holidays program

Monday November 21 marks the start of my FREE Healthy Holiday Event! We will transform our holiday season together and start the New Year out right!

Do you want to join us? It is FREE and we are all participants.

We can all do it our own way. All you have to do is set goals and be accountable for your actions and progress at least once a week.

Goals should include:

  • Nutrition (adding in at least one healthy food per week)
  • Exercise (30 minutes 4 – 5 days a week)
  • Gratitude (take the time to be grateful for at least 3 things in your life daily)
  • Giving (challenge yourself to give without expectation of reciprocation once daily)

Nutrition
Don’t be hard on yourself this holiday season. Our goal is to simply add in one healthy whole food each week. Enjoy your holiday traditions and don’t eat beyond what feels good to you.

Exercise
Resolve to get at least 30 minutes of good healthy exercise on most days. You will feel better through the holidays. Exercise is good for depression, weight maintenance and your general health.

Gratitude
List 3 things that you are grateful for each day. By focusing on gratitude, we see our lives from a different perspective. Instead of seeing what is going wrong, we see the more important picture of what is right in our lives.

Giving
You don’t have to brag about your giving, but if someone gives and it turns out to be really special, share it with us.  It does not have to be an expensive gift, just thoughtful and meaningful.  Can you do a random act of kindness?

Do you know anyone who is struggling through the holidays? Invite them along!

When you SIGN UP I will send you an email with a link to the Private Facebook Group.  Let’s make this an amazing holiday season!

healthy holidays program

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