We love to collect and share active inspiration, but let’s be honest, we can often feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of health and fitness tips on hand. Just a short scroll through your news feed can connect you with a handful of new wellness bloggers to follow, but it can also serve up a side of guilt when your breakfast doesn’t look like it should be sitting in an art gallery (food art is the fine art of our generation).
Amidst the sea of gym selfies and the Acai berry bowl snaps, there are some truly genuine souls sharing their stories and inspiring others to do the same.
Since we are in the final week of The Active Living project, we wanted to shine a spotlight on Instagram icon and Active Living advocate Sam Lengren (aka @the_healthy_me). The reason? Sam is the real deal. We’ve watched her incredible weight loss and health transformation from the birth of her Instagram account and are always double tapping her daily MNB commitment pics.
We’ve spoken about Sam’s story here, but for those of you who are unfamiliar, here’s a quick primer. Sam’s active journey started out like any other. She was feeling unfit, unhealthy and was ready to make a change. In an attempt to out-exercise her bad diet, she knew she had to switch up her lifestyle. From schoolteacher to personal trainer, Sam is proof in the pudding that anyone can achieve results and turn towards a fitter, healthier future.
So, if you’re in need of some motivation and guidance, who better than a sporty sister who has experienced it firsthand.
Here’s a roundup of Sam’s tips for getting results…
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. I am always prepared. Every night I make my overnight oats for the next morning as I know how busy mornings are! (My oats recipe is: ½ cup of oats, 1tbsp. LSA, 1tbsp. black chia seeds, a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg and ¾ cup of berries soaked overnight in ½ cup of almond milk and some water). Also, every Sunday I do a big cook up with all my lunches for the week. I usually have some meat, veggies and good carbs (brown rice, corn or sweet potato usually) and freeze them. Every morning I can just quickly grab my lunch.
2. Track your progress.
It can be hard to see changes (especially as we can be a bit hard on ourselves). I don’t weigh myself as I find that number irrelevant. Ten women could all weigh the same amount but look very different and have very different health stories. Instead, take photos, look at your dress size, take measurements and then consistently monitor your own progress.
3. Do it for YOU and don’t seek approval.
In the beginning of my journey I would constantly seek approval or compliments on my healthy decisions. Soon enough I learnt that no one else’s opinion really mattered. Live a healthy and active life because you want to and for yourself, no one else.
4. If you slip up, don’t worry!
Just keep going.
5. Have a workout buddy.
Whether that’s a friend, a dog or a personal trainer (I can help you there!), having someone by your side can really motivate you.
6. Eat clean, whole, fresh foods
Nourish your body and drink lots and lots of water.
7. Get plenty of rest.
Don’t discount the benefits of sleep. It helps restore the body, and speed up the metabolism.
8. Reward yourself
But not with food – you’re not a dog! I like to reward myself with a new piece from Lorna Jane when I achieve a goal.
9. Surround yourself with positive people.
I love this quote from Oprah, “surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher”. My friends, family and husband do this for me.
10. Talk to yourself like you would talk to a friend.
I love this advice! I would never tell a friend that they’re fat, slow etc. Use beautiful and positive words to encourage yourself along your journey.
Remember, what is working for one person may not work for everyone. If you’re doing all of the right things but are failing to see results, seek out a health professional for a consultation.