I've been trying to get back on the health train now that I'm not pregnant anymore. It's difficult to develop a sense of discipline again. Will power is one of the hardest things to get and one of the easiest things to lose. I have found that the following 3 things are essential if you're trying to lose weight and get healthy.

Planning ahead--Diets that I've been on in the past have failed because I failed to plan ahead. This includes prepping your meals in advance. Hunger can sometimes strike you out of nowhere. If you're not prepared with that small snack in your purse, you might feel compelled to run to the vending machine for an unhealthy snack. If you know you're going to be going out to dinner with friends, check out the menu ahead of time and figure out what you can order that will fit with your health plan.

Patience--Despite what you've been told, there's really no magic pill or weight loss plan that can make you lose all of your weight in a week. You can't get those washboard abs overnight. It takes patience. But, do something today that you'll thank yourself for in 3 months!

Routine--Get in the habit of doing the same things everyday. When I lost 35 pounds in 2016 with Rejuv's Biggest Loser program I did the same things every single day. I always ate the same breakfast, snack, lunch, snack and dinner foods at the same time everyday. I worked out at the same time everyday and I went to bed at the same time. At first it was really challenging to get into the routine. But, after a week or two it started to become a normal habit for me. It felt weird if I deviated from that routine.

I love sweets and treats. That's why I've been finding alternative recipes to make that pair well with my pallet. Here's a blueberry muffin recipe that I found and modified it to be healthy! It's a great snack for on the go or a quick breakfast. These muffins do not taste as sweet as what you're probably used to. I love them, but my husband isn't a huge fan because he prefers a sweeter flavor. You'll notice there's zero added sugar...just honey and the flavor from the blueberries!

Ingredients 
  • 1 cup + 1 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 large egg whites 
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy or almond milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries frozen or fresh

Mix together all of the wet ingredients in one bowl, then add together all of the dry ingredients. Preheat the oven for 350 degrees. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until firm. This recipe will make 12 small muffins.

Pro tip: don't use paper liners because these muffins will stick to the paper due to their lack of fat. Unless you want to eat paper with your muffins, skip the liners.

Nutrition info:

Calories: 119 each
Total fat: 1.4 g
Saturated fat: .3 g
Cholesteral: 31.2 mg
Carbs: 21.8 g
Sugar: 9.5 g
Protein: 5.1 g
Sodium: 113 mg