You wish things were different and that you were at your goals already, but can't seem to make anything stick...
While you want to see the changes are motivated to get started, there is still a little part of you that is scared of the unknown.
..."How long will it take me?"
..."Will this work for me?"
..."What if I am starving all of the time?"
You are not alone, and I also had these very same thoughts at the beginning.
If you are feeling stuck, you are not alone.
At the beginning I was really clueless to everything!
I didn't know how to eat healthy, I didn't know how to workout, I didn't know what supplements to take (if any), and I didn't know how much I would have to change my mindset in order to achieve what I wanted.
I looked all over Pinterest for ideas and ways to start, saving them all to my motivation and workout board, only to never use any of them...
Eventually I finally started and stopped more times than I can remember. Nothing did stick at the beginning. Working out became a little easier, but my nutrition was still all over the place.
About a couple weeks into my new journey to weight loss , I ended up with shingles and had to stop working out for several weeks while everything healed because the pain was so bad down my right arm.
I became frustrated and upset about the whole situation as I was trying to become healthier just for me to end up with shingles at the time.
Then it dawned on me one day that I just had to make that choice that I was going to be teachable. That I would take the time to learn what I needed to reach my goals and no longer be afraid to fail and keep going no matter what happened.
I started by focusing on a couple small things I could do each day to lose the weight because I was at my heaviest and I had finally had enough of feeling exhausted and so weak.
I started with the basics
- Drink water
- Move More
- Make Healthier Choices
- Surround myself with those who would support & understand my journey
- Listen & read things that motivate me to keep going
I was drinking all of the sugar-filled drinks you can think of at the beginning and hardly any water. Which had partially contributed to my weight gain.
I knew that if I was going to lose weight, I needed to cut those out and drink more water.
I was not only going to feel better being more hydrated, but I was also going to feel all of the other benefits of drinking water too!
It didn't matter what kind of workouts I was doing at the beginning. I just knew I needed to move more to burn extra calories by getting my heart rate up.
Running and walking at the beginning to eventually following various cardio programs. Then finally getting into weight lifting later on.
Make Healthier Choices
As I said before my nutrition was terrible...
I was eating out practically every single meal of the day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner - you name it.
It had become such a bad habit for me and I was basically eating anything and everything that I wanted because of the stress I was going through at the time on top of not feeling confident in my own skin.
I started by cutting back on the amount of times that I was eating out and teaching myself how to make healthier options. Until I finally was eating more at home and not picking up food every chance I could on the way home.
Surround Yourself with Others Who Get You
I didn't have anyone at the beginning who was already on their health journey that I was close to. I felt alone and is part of the reason it took me so long to get started in the first place.
I started by joining fitness accountability groups to start not only getting to know people, but also as a source of inspiration too.
Listen & Read Things That Motivate Me
I knew I had to create a different mindset and had to change my daily habits to lose the weight. So when it was suggested to read 'You Are a Badass' there was no hesitation in purchasing it for myself.
I changed my way of thinking over time - which changed my mindset, mood, and results!
Even still to this day, I still make it about focusing on small things that I do daily.
As I get ready for a Body Building Competition, I still focus on what I need to do daily in order to reach my goals and step on the stage.
Your daily habits are your foundation to get what you want.
Change your habits, change your life.
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