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3 Surprising Things that Affect Your Results

Confession: Last week I had a super stressful day, which completely messed up my sleep!

I tossed and turned all night. Ugh. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.

The next morning, I was STILL stressed, plus I was overtired, so instead of drinking my normal morning water, I had an extra cup of coffee (or two).

Why am I telling you this?

Because that entire day, the last thing I wanted to do was follow my healthy habits.

I wanted ALL the food. I did not want to workout. And I felt even more tired as the day went on.

Being tired-stressed-dehydrated is a TRIPLE WHAMMY for your results.

It affects your body’s hormones in a way that not only makes it hard to achieve results, but actually encourages THE OPPOSITE of what you have been working toward!

Being tired, stressed, and even a little dehydrated can make you:

  1. Feel HUNGRY all day

  2. Crave unhealthy foods

  3. Slow your metabolism

  4. Store a higher percentage of body fat (especially around your belly)

  5. Repeat the same sleep-stress-tired cycle tomorrow!

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Now, obviously having some stress is inevitable and normal. It’s a part of life!

But if you don’t have a method or strategy for MANAGING that stress, it can really throw a monkey wrench into your healthy habits.

This is why I *highly* recommend taking intentional downtime every day for:

  • Deep breathing exercises

  • Spending time in nature

  • Journaling

  • Working out

  • Engaging in an activity that helps you destress – a hobby, praying, reading, etc.

Here’s what you can do when you are having one of those tired/hungry/stressed days, to help you feel better:

  1. Drink 1-2 BIG glasses of water

  2. Take 5 minutes in a quiet room to just sit and breathe

  3. Eat a balanced meal that contains some protein to help you feel full

  4. Avoid sugar

  5. Workout / go for a walk outside

  6. Make sure you go to bed early enough to get a full night of sleep (and don’t put your phone by your bed!)

It really can make a difference.

Here’s to a stress-free day!

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