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How to Lose Weight Without Ruining Your Social Life

Living your Best Lyfe certainly does not include sitting at home being afraid you can’t have self control when you are out. Maybe you find it easy to stick to your diet when you’re at home, but parties and eating out throw you off track. Suddenly, you’re surrounded by temptations. You want to have fun with your family and friends instead of thinking about counting calories and measuring portions.

You can make healthy choices while enjoying a social life. However, you’ll have a difficult time keeping weight off unless you’re able to keep your goals in sight when you’re out in public.

Try these ideas to help you turn your family and friends into allies and prepare for many of the most common challenging situations.

Dealing with Your Family and Friends:

  1. Ask for help. Experts say that social support is one reason why groups like Weight Watchers have so many success stories. Let your loved ones know what kind of practical and emotional assistance you need. You may want to join an official support group too, especially if you’re losing significant amounts of weight. Best Lyfe has a great group available for you where you are surrounded by like minded women supporting each other every day.

  2. Team up. You probably know someone who shares your desire to slim down. Collaborate so you can keep each other company and hold each other accountable for working out and eating your vegetables. Accountability partners help keep you honest with yourself.

  3. Change the subject. There may also be people who tend to undermine your positive intentions or just lack much interest in what you ate for breakfast. You’ll be more fun to be around if you talk about things other than your diet.

  4. Plan the agenda. Seek entertainment in places other than restaurants and bars. Invite a friend to go rock climbing. Bring your children to a science museum instead of an ice cream parlor. Our family loves to go hiking year round. The kids especially have a reset button when they are out in nature. It naturally calms them and brings them back to their childish life again.

  5. Take responsibility. Remember that you control what you eat and drink, and you have to live with the consequences. It will help you to keep any peer pressure in perspective.

Dealing with Eating Out:

  1. Preview the menu. Most restaurants post their menus online these days. Plan what you will eat prior to going out. Find out what your options are so you can decide what to order without being tempted by having to look at the specials and other fattening dishes.

  2. Shrink your servings. Many restaurants serve jumbo portions. Eat half of what’s on your plate and take the rest home for breakfast. If you think you’ll be prone to gobbling it all down, ask the server to pack up half in advance. My husband and I typically order one meal and one small appetizer to split. That way we don’t have a ton of extra food and even that usually is a lot.

  3. Pick the venue. Some restaurants offer a wider selection of delicious low-calorie items. Have a list of local favorites handy so you can recommend where to go for date nights or weekend brunches.

  4. Make substitutions. Ask your server if you can customize your meal. For example, you may be able to get extra vegetables or a green salad instead of French fries or order your fish grilled instead of fried. If your meal includes sauces, see if you can get them on the side.

  5. Circle the salad bar. You might think that salad is a safe choice, but it depends on the ingredients. See what’s available at the salad bar before you order. Go easy on the shredded cheese, bacon, and heavy dressings. Load up on leafy greens and other vegetables and opt for a light vinaigrette dressing.

  6. Have a snack. If you know that you tend to overindulge in birthday cake or barbecued ribs, curb your appetite before you leave home. Eat a cup of yogurt or hummus with baby carrots.

  7. Limit alcohol. Cocktails contain a lot of empty calories and can make you crave cheeseburgers and buffalo wings. Draw the line at one drink and make it wine or spirits with a zero-calorie mixer like club soda. Or try a low sugar seltzer! My new favorite!

Planning ahead and building a strong support system will help you to slim down and still enjoy hanging out with your loved ones. After all, healthy eating and close relationships both play a big role in your happiness and well-being. Once established, you’d be surprised how your close circle respects your choices and understands. This is just one step in living your best lyfe. Choose to hear from like-minded women just like you. Join our FREE Facebook group today where women help women lose weight, save time and live their best lives.

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Achieve Your Goals in 2020!

Here’s to a new year and a new decade! This year will be the BEST YEAR EVER! Thought about starting a New Year’s Resolution but also thought about ditching it because the plans in the past haven’t worked out? Have you thought about what your intentions for the new year might be? We certainly don’t want to ditch our plans going into 2020 all together but it is important to create smart actionable plans and keep it simple so we can actually accomplish our goals this year. Below are a few steps and suggestions to get you there.

Start small

It’s important not to overwhelm yourself. I bet if you wanted you could come up with a huge list of all the things you want to accomplish this year. But why make a list that is unachievable. Start small. Want to lose a few pounds? How about getting into better shape? Quit smoking? Learn a new hobby? Travel more? If you start off the year trying to accomplish all these things you’re not probably in for a successful year. It’s important to start smart. Accomplish one goal and then move on to another. This way you don’t feel overwhelmed and give up all together.

Write your goals down on paper

If you’re thinking of many goals. Write them all down and pick one that you can start with. Then take that one goal you chose and break it up into tangible activities. Pick 2 – 3 action steps you can start doing right now to get started. Want to get to the gym more? Start by signing up for a membership, decide your frequency, schedule it into your day (add to the calendar). Don’t try to do everything at once and don’t overcommit yourself. Stating you will go to the gym every day is not a reality. Be specific with your plan and remember if you don’t put it on your calendar it probably won’t happen.

Announce them to the world

Post it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whatever your mode is but let the world know what you are planning to do. If social media isn’t your cup of tea, that’s fine too. Let anyone who is willing to listen know what you plan to accomplish, a spouse, best friend, parent, child, anyone. It helps to let the world know. If you do this, you are more likely to hold yourself accountable to it. Plus people will ask you how you’re doing and you will have to answer to that. So why not be prepared by being able to say “I’m crushing my New Year’s resolution”.

Create visual reminders

Let me just start by saying “I love vision boards”. I love being able to put things up on the board and then removing it when I accomplish the goal. It is a fantastic feeling! Print out, cut out, clip art whatever you need to that reminds you of crushing your goal. There are so many resources out there to help you to do this. Place this somewhere where you will see it on a daily basis. Post it on a mirror if you have to but this helps make it real.

Have an accountability partner to hold you to your goals

It’s always helpful to have someone reminding you of your goals and holding you accountable. Remember all those people you already told you were going to commit to these goals? Who would be the most honest with you and hold you to achieving them? Who would be willing to have daily, weekly, or monthly check ins with you to make sure you’re following through on your commitments? Ask this person if they’d be willing to help with being your accountability partner. You never know, maybe they will need one too and you can help them out also.

Don’t beat yourself up

I had to learn over time and the hard way that “Perfection is impossible” Don’t beat yourself up over mistakes or set backs. I know this is easier said than done. But if you don’t eat properly one day or miss a day at the gym, or even a week for that matter – don’t throw in the towel. It’s important to get right back up and on track towards your goal. No one is perfect and no one expects you to be perfect but if you set the goal in the beginning of the year it was important enough to you to work towards it. So don’t give up on it. You got this!

Don’t wait for a new year to set new goals

So you’ve crushed your new goal! You’re now in great shape and feeling great about yourself. Wonderful! I’m so proud of you! Are you going to wait until the new year to start another goal? I say start now! You’re already crushing it, I know you can do more. Remember that list you started the year with. Pick the next realistic goal and build out your plan. 2 – 3 activities to start today and start crushing the next one off the list. You got this.

As Tony Robbins will say “if you’re not growing, you’re dying” so commit to yourself this year to continue to grow. Take it slow, create and crush one goal at a time. I’m confident in all my fellow goal crushers out there that you will accomplish great things.

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MEET KRISTY…

WELCOME TO BEST LYFE EVER!

I’ve been on a self discovery mission for some time now. I’ve started a couple of other sites but something was always missing… my authentic self. My mission here is to provide women all over the world with the tools and resources to create their BEST LYFE EVER and to do so I need to start by bringing my authentic self. So here it is.

Some may be ready for this and others may not. But I’m finally in a place to provide my authentic self in hopes that it helps at least one person out there. If I achieve that then it’s all worth it. But I have a feeling there will be a bigger impact because I know there are others like me out there that are tired of sitting back and watching life pass them by. Tired of feeling like they’ve lost their passion and zest for life.

The best part about this is I’m just an average girl that’s accomplished a lot so far in this life and is on a mission to helps others accomplish their “more”. All too often we hear some of the best selling authors tell their story of how they reached bottom and risen up to accomplish some of the greatest achievements. I have soooo much respect for them and many of them have helped me get to where I am today. But I also know there are many out there like me who have been living small and are ready to rise up and make things happen. If you are one of those people, this is your spot. Get ready to create a movement and help the world live their BEST LYFE EVER!