I’m super excited to announce the launch of my BRAND NEW program - Be That Girl With Elise!
For those of you who have followed my transformation journey, you’d know that I’ve come a long way from where I began. Now, I want to help YOU get to where you’ve always wanted to be, by changing your mindset and learning to implement healthy habits that enable you to reach your goals.
Here are a few things I’ve learnt along my journey that helped me to BE THAT GIRL I’ve always strived to be; confident, happy and healthy!
1. Follow the 80/20 approach in life
Exercising regularly and eating healthy is important, but so is living your life, socializing, dining out, taking time off and allowing yourself to have days where you stay at home in a comfy tracksuit and enjoy your favorite food.
Being that girl isn’t about perfection, it’s about balance. It's not about following a strict diet and pushing yourself to exercise every day. It’s about creating a lifestyle that fits with your way of living and makes you feel happy and content- consistency over perfection!
2. Move your body because you can, not because you have to
Exercise because you love your body, not because you hate it- is a piece of advice I always follow. I exercise because moving my body makes me feel good, it gives me a sense of empowerment and it helps me feel energized.
Instead of moving for the goal of losing weight, try and look at it as a holistic approach for your health, both mental and physical. Exercising has so many incredible benefits and is something I will always prioritize, but on days where I don’t feel like doing an intense training session, I either try and give it a go, or I find an alternative such as a walk and light stretching.
Whatever you do, make it a positive experience that you can enjoy and look forward to!
3. Practice self-love daily
To be that girl, you need to learn how to be your own hype girl. It’s so easy to pick at your flaws, trust me-I know! But comparison is the thief of joy, so avoid doing this and instead of trying to be like someone else, strive to be the best version of yourself. Read positive daily affirmations, look in the mirror and compliment yourself instead of putting yourself down or do an activity that makes you feel good.
4. Set realistic goals
Not reaching a goal that you set out for yourself can be very disheartening. Therefore, to avoid setting unrealistic expectations for yourself, make sure that when you set a goal, it’s specific, relevant, measurable and realistic. Also, try to make sure that you set short term goals (daily and weekly) which will help you reach your long term goals (monthly or yearly). Refrain from only setting body composition goals (such as losing X amount of weight) and keep in mind that there are more important aspects in life you should focus on. To be that girl, you need to embrace your health in a more holistic way and look at the big picture. Remember, your self worth and happiness should never be defined by a number!
5. Make gradual changes towards a healthier lifestyle
It took me years to get to where I want to be, but I got there in the end because I focused on the small things I can achieve each day. Start small by setting daily goals such as drinking at least 4 cups of water, moving for at least 20 minutes, having one row of chocolate instead of the whole block. If you are really struggling to go from 0-100, gradually getting to where you want to be will help make your health journey less overwhelming.
6. Build a routine that fits into your schedule
Being that girl doesn't mean you have to wake up at 6am, do pilates and have a green smoothie every morning. If that’s something you enjoy then that’s great- but we are all different and there is no one size fits all when it comes to building an optimal routine.
It’s all about trial and error to create a routine that fits best for YOU and sets you up for a productive day. Plan out what days and time you have non-negotiable priorities such as work and study, as well as any activities you have planned. Then, figure out what time of the day you can fit in a workout and how much time you need to allocate. Lastly, plan out what days you can do other tasks that help keep you on track, such as grocery shopping and meal prepping.