Just like you, I wanted answers. I could see other people that were fit and healthy, but I thought they we're just born like that. I doubted myself so much that I didn't know that I was able to be anything different than what I was. I had no coordination, strength, or balance and I always sucked at sports. I was so far from being an athlete it was ridiculous.
It took me a long time, but after a lot of starts and stops, I was able to succeed... Well... then I lost it, and had to succeed all over again.
I'm about to share with you, five tips that will help you get to where you want to be.
1. Imagine yourself in a year
When you think about how the future you would look and feel if you continued with a healthy lifestyle for one year, consider questions like: What would the future you be doing? How would the future you feel about yourself? What would your overall health be like? How much would your life change?
Whether you want to simply write a list of what you want for yourself, or create a vision board, just make sure you have a clear idea of what you want. But remember, this isn't about trying to be someone else, this is about being your best self.
2. Make a long-term plan
You need to look past a week or a month. You need to make a plan that will allow you to KEEP GOING.
See, the thing is, those people that you see, you know the ones, with the toned bodies, well, they make healthy choices EVERY DAY.
I know this sounds non-fun and gruelling, but while it will be hard at first, know that you begin to enjoy it. Don't worry, I'll tell you how in the next tip. ;)
3. Find exercise methods you enjoy
The people that think they have to run if they want to lose weight but hate running, are setting themselves up to fail. Since there are tons of different types of exercise, you have lots to choose from and will therefore manage to find something you enjoy. So get out there and start trying different things.
If you're on a limited budget, look for affordable DVD programs, or even workout routines on YouTube, you can do at home with minimal equipment. Try various classes at your community centre or gym. Get a personal trainer. Try running, walking, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, cross-fit, and whatever else you can find. I'll bet you'll find at least one thing that you like.
Remember that you need balance; weight loss happens if you follow this rule of thumb illustrated in the image below:
Plan on getting 30 minutes to 1 hour, exercise five to six days per week. make one or two of those days cardio days, and the rest strength training days, with stretching after EVERY workout. If you don't set aside the time to exercise, you won't do it. It becomes a question of whether you should or shouldn't do your workout. That's lame, because you know that it won't be long before you're finding ways to talk yourself out of it.
Excuses start coming by the truck load... Yes, I was a champion excuse maker. Trust me, I know all about it.
So, get it out of your head that you only like working out at a certain time of day, and start planning according to each day's schedule. So if you need to get up an hour earlier on Monday to get it done, then get to bed earlier and set your alarm. When that alarm you have to MAKE yourself get up. Your workout is not optional. It's scheduled.
5. Build an arsenal of healthy recipes
NUTRITION ACCOUNTS FOR 70-80% OF YOUR WEIGHTLOSS SUCCESS; therefore, it's sooo freaking important that you to find and collect healthy recipes. How can you eat healthy if you don't know what to eat, how much to eat, or yummy ways to prepare it.
Go online and use google to find some healthy ideas. Start printing them off and collecting them in a binder.
Do yourself a favor and also commit to packing healthy lunches and spending time prepping food in the kitchen so you and the family are not grabbing fast food or unhealthy choices.
If you prefer not to do all that thinking and planning, go get an instant download of my complete fitness and nutrition plans and print off the grocery list. The plans have a 100% success rate, so you won't be sorry. Click here to get started.
Just remember that even though you won't reach your goal until later, you'll still enjoy all the changes along the way.