Okay, so you’ve finally made the big decision of changing your life and this time you’re going to stick with it! Congrats!
You’ve realized that fad diets are a load of garbage and only lead to spiraling back down the wrong path.
You see now that diet pills aren’t magic and that getting in shape actually may take some effort.
I applaud you, because I’ve been there with you and know what lies ahead. I will tell you that every day takes strength, determination and will power, but I will also tell you that it’s 100% worth it.
I put together some helpful hints to get you on that right path. Remember, everyone is different, every body is different, so the right healthy lifestyle that someone else leads may not be the best for you.
1. Start small
- Assess your lifestyle
- Do you take the elevator up to your office? Try taking the stairs.
- Do you reach for a sugary drink at lunch time instead of water?
- Make it a goal to get to the gym/track/work out place of choice at least 3 days a week.
- Instead of drastically changing your diet right away, try cutting something out that you know is the culprit for your unhealthy habits. Soda, fast food, excess sugar. Yeah, you can say bye to those.
2. Do your research
- There is endless amounts of FREE information out there in the fitness world. Take advantage of it! One of my favorite sites for nutrition tips, exercise ideas, or advice from professionals is Bodybuilding.com.
- Use social media as a way to get inspired. Find someone that you can relate to and soak up all their knowledge.
- Sometimes the first thing you try won’t work for you.
- This especially ties in with diet. Although a certain food may be considered healthy, it may react a certain way with your body that doesn’t suit you.
4. What works for someone else may not necessarily work for you
- If you see someone on social media raving about a certain exercise, food or supplement, then when you try it, you find it isn’t what you are looking for, don’t be discouraged! There’s something out there for you, sometimes it just takes trial and error.
- I tried yoga & hated it, but for others it’s their main form of exercise.
- I’ve also tried fasted cardio & now avoid that as much as I can, but others do it religiously
5. It takes time
- Patience is key. You won’t see changes over night, so take progress pictures & write down mental notes. 1 month in you’ll be able to look back and be really amazed at what you’ve accomplished.
6. Don’t let anyone, including yourself, tell you that you can’t
- Much of this process is mental, so you can’t let others whisper negativity into your ear.
- If someone tries to tell you that you can’t, all that means is he or she most likely tried, failed & gave up. Don’t let that be you! Giving up never gets anyone anywhere.
- Do it for you and YOUR health.
There will be days where you don’t want to workout or times when you want to throw in the towel and stop eating all those vegetables. But you’re stuck with this body for the rest of your life, don’t you want to treat it well?