7 Ways to Live Healthier Without Leaving Your Apartment

7 ways to live healthier without leaving your apartment

So I don’t really talk about it a lot, but here’s a fun fact for ya….

I lost 38 pounds without a gym membership or eating plan.

WHAT.

Yeah, I don’t post a lot of pictures of myself because I’m a bit awkward on camera (I mean, what do I do with my hands? Do I look straight at the camera or do I look away?!)

But that’s a different story. After all, this post isn’t about losing weight. It’s about living a healthier lifestyle.

Losing weight just kind of came with the territory of me eating better and becoming more active. At first I just wanted to drop the extra weight I put on since beginning college (thanks, dining hall cookies) and I never expected (or desired) to lose as much as I did. But, here I am. My skin is better, my hair is healthier, I get sick a lot less, I have more energy, and even my GPA has benefited from being less sluggish and more ready-to-kick-the-day’s-booty.

Like I said, no eating plan was involved and no gym membership was needed. I simply adopted some healthier habits and saw results.

I’m passing this knowledge on to you today because I know that with swimsuit season coming up, we all just want to feel confident. It’s not about being a certain size or wearing strapless dresses, it’s just about having the energy to prance around in cute, scalloped shorts. Nothing wrong with that.

It’s a busy time, (midterms, work, tax season) so let’s look at some ways to live a healthier lifestyle that you can do from the comfort of your own home.

Get Fit at Home - increase your water consumption! Specifically, have a large cup of water first thing when you wake up before having caffeine

Water before caffeine

This is the first rule I adopted and one of the most important. Every morning, have a big cup or bottle of water before you have coffee. This starts your metabolism and hydrates you after your body has been in rest overnight. It’s even going to wake you up better than the coffee will! (But obviously still have your coffee because it’s delicious and makes for a good Instagram picture.)

Wake up earlier, go to bed earlier

When I first decided to start living healthier, I changed up my sleep routine. I go to bed around 9pm every night and wake up somewhere between 5:40 and 6. That’s 9 hours of glorious Z’s. You might do more of a 10:30pm-7am cycle, but just make sure you’re getting around 8 hours. When you don’t sleep enough, you tend to make poor choices in what you eat the following day. Sleeping well will have you reaching for those veggies and feeling amazing!

Eating healthy snacks can help to speed up your metabolism and give you energy throughout the day!

I love making heathy banana-egg pancakes for a fuel

Eat more snacks

We’ve all heard that we should eat smaller portions and eat more frequently. And ya’ll, it actually works. Here’s an example of what I eat in a day to show you what I mean:

Breakfast: oatmeal and a banana

Morning snack: greek yogurt

Lunch: sweet potato with a side of veggies

Afternoon snack: blue corn chips and hummus (guilty pleasure)

Dinner: veggie pastaΒ 

Dessert: little bit of dark chocolate

If your friends want to grab lunch or dinner, go ahead and go! Don’t feel restricted to eating clean from your kitchen every day. Just take notice of how big the portions are and maybe bring half home.

 

Drink green tea

The benefits of green tea are endless! Primarily I like it to aid in speeding up my metabolism. If you’re not a fan of hot green tea, try pouring it over ice and adding a splash of orange juice! I do this every once in a while and it’s super refreshing, but adds a little sweetness.

Do some at-home bodyweight workouts

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Blogilates. If you have 15 minutes, you can do 2 entire workouts! I also sometimes will randomly search for workouts on Pinterest. I think there’s a misconception that just doing a few crunches and squats in your room won’t get you anywhere, and that is total bologna! Working your muscles and challenging your body doesn’t have to happen in a gym.

Eat foods that are good for your metabolism

Metabolism is a central theme in this post because the better it works, the better you’ll feel. When I wanted to make healthy eating choices, I didn’t search “foods with no calories” or “foods for weight loss”, I simply looked at foods that were good metabolism boosters. Green veggies are great, and that’s why you always see me whipping up some zucchini or experimenting with peppers.

Find a de-stressing activity

A few posts ago, I talked about “finding your Zumba”. All in all, stress is a huge factor to any unwanted weight gain and health issues.Β Everyone has stressors in their life (hello, college) and it’s important to find ways we can deal with it to keep ourselves sane and healthy. Quick! Pull out a piece of paper and write down 3 things that help you de-stress. For me it’s writing blog posts, going to Sonic happy hour with Cam, and dancing. Make sure you schedule time for those this week!

This post is a collaboration with Abigail ofΒ Sincerely, Abigail.Β 

Now, at the end of any health-related post, I gotta give my little spiel:

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL THE WAY YOU ARE AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE! BUT IF YOU WANT TO LIVE HEALTHIER, THESE TIPS WILL DEFINITELY HELP YOU. OK. HAVE A GREAT DAY. BYE!

Heehee. Have a great rest of the week guys!

X,

Cristina

  • Great Post Cristina! Sonic Happy Hour runs are the way to go. Green Tea with mango. Mmmm! Thanks for collaborating with me. This was fun! πŸ™‚

    • cristina

      No way!! I love Sonic Green tea with peach. We are kindred spirits, girl! πŸ™‚ So fun collabing!

  • These are so great! I love these ideas, I am trying to lose some college weight, and I haven’t heard the idea of green tea before! I have been definitely snacking more, and drinking water before I touch my coffee!
    xoxo

  • I love Blogilaties and also have been recently really into DailyBburn! Congrats on losing weight! That’s always an amazing feeling. I’ve been eating healthier recently and trying to work out a few times a week and I also gave up soda — I am already down 2 pounds but hope to lose even more before my wedding day.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • cristina

      I’ll have to check out DailyBburn! I’m all for at-home workouts πŸ™‚ And good for you for giving up soda girl! I still have a Diet Coke maybe twice a month, but I definitely should try to be more disciplined. You’re going to look amazing (even though you already do) on your wedding day!

  • LOVE THIS POST CRISTINA! You go girl! I can’t wait to give these a try!

    XO, Rachel
    http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

  • I do a few of these habits already, but I’m excited to incorporate the rest into my daily routine and hopefully see some changes!! Thank you so much for these tips!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  • I love the line “but obviously still have your coffee because it’s delicious and makes for a great instagram picture”, hehe spoken like a true blogger. But seriously, these tips are fabulous and it’s amazing that you lost 38 pounds.

    • cristina

      Haha thanks so much, girlie!

  • Elana

    Oh my goodness. Go you! That’s amazing. I love these tips.

  • I love green tea! It’s so good for you and for me, it’s a great alternative to coffee. I’m also a morning person (who needs my full 8 hours!) and so I also go to bed early, typically a lot earlier than most of my friends. But it’s made for a positive lifestyle change!

    Kayla || Keynotes from Kay

  • Great post! I loved your meal and snack ideas.

    Southern Soul

  • All of the tips you shared are super helpful! I’ve found that if I prep (wash, cut, etc.) produce as soon as I get home from the grocery store, I’m more likely to grab for it as a snack!

    • cristina

      Such a good tip! I’m definitely gonna do that next time I go to the grocery store πŸ™‚

  • Amy

    Yes yes yes water before coffee. I preach this to everyone! Coffee dehydrates us and on top of that we are already dehydrated from the long night of no water! These are awesome tips!
    xoxo
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • Love this! I started using the Plant Nanny app to help me drink more water and it’s so effective. I also noticed that when I actually get sleep I feel so much better–then again, it’s so rare to actually get a decent amount of sleep…definitely need to work on that!

    • cristina

      Never heard of Plant Nanny – I’ll have to check it out! πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading, girl!

  • I am all about water drinking!! It’s pretty much all that I drink. πŸ™‚ These are great tips!!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  • You are so awesome. I had no idea you lost SO much weight, you always look fabulous-duh! All of these tips are so awesome, I recently started cold brewing my green tea (the night before) and having it for the next morning, and holy cow! It tastes delicious and is a nice change up from hot tea!
    As always, great post, thanks for sharing πŸ˜‰

    • cristina

      Cold brew green tea sounds amazing! I’m going to have to try that πŸ™‚ You are so sweet, thanks so much for your comment! πŸ™‚

  • This is such an amazing and informative post, loved reading it.
    GlamupGirls

  • You. Are. AWESOME! I love the tip about drinking water before caffeine. I don’t drink coffee (I know, I’m weird) but I usually don’t take a sip of water until I’m in class for the day. Since I read your post though, I’ve been trying to remember to drink some water before I get ready for class!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

    • cristina

      You go girl! Thanks so much for reading πŸ™‚

  • I mix green tea with a peach tea. I can drink that all day!

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  • Great tips! I totally agree with water before coffee. I try to drink hot lemon water each morning to give me a boost.. then grab coffee if I need some extra energy. Xoxo Mindy

  • Chronicling Home

    This is a really great and easy post. I need to follow this food schedule so I can finally get on track!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  • As a college student it is very hard to be healthy with all those dining centers, I will follow your advice!

    Camila | myvoguestyle.com