The first step in making a change doing it. This is half the battle because without starting you aren’t going to get anywhere.
Setting a goal for yourself is extremely important. By setting a goal you are more likely to achieve the goal by making a plan and sticking to it. Here are some examples:
- I want to get fit
- I want to lose xx pounds
- I want to feel good about myself
- I want to get married in 2014
- I want a new job in 2014
These goals are pretty random but you get the idea. Create goals for yourself that YOU can control and make happen otherwise it’s unattainable. Once you decide on that attainable goal, make a plan. I will eat 1,500 calories a day, reduce my simple carbohydrate intake and workout for 60 minutes 4 days a week. This is a goal and a plan YOU can control.
Committment is probably the most difficult part. It’s so easy to say I want to lose weight or I want to get a six-pack. There were many times that I needed to re-commit myself in order to get where I wanted to go. It’s equivalent to working on a marriage.
Just because you didn’t lose 30 pounds in 3 months doesn’t mean that you should give up. Figure out what worked for you and what didn’t, forgive yourself and move on. Keep going to hit your goal.
My goal is to lose another 25 pounds by January 13, my 35th birthday. That’s roughly 3 months from now which makes it realistic even with some awesome holiday food days.
This is on my fridge as my friendly reminder….
I get asked fairly often about what I’ve done to lose weight. There is no special formula, trick or diet. It really is working out and changing your eating habits.
When I made the decision to get healthy I made a commitment to myself and no one else. I started working out doing boot camp classes and completely overhauled my eating habits. It was the hardest decision and commitment that I have done for myself because I never made myself a priority before.
The workouts were excruciating and I felt like puking every time. My coaches and my fellow classmates got me through but more importantly, I felt amazing when I was done. I had accomplished something huge for myself and I kept going back.
I am no longer doing the boot camp classes but have taken up running, walking and yoga. This is something I can do when I want without having to be at class at a specific time and it can be done anywhere.
The important thing is that you are doing what works for you. If you do not enjoy your workout, you will not continue to do it. Even though I don’t do the high intensity workouts anymore it taught me how much I can do which is so valuable.
I know one day I will go back to the high intensity work outs because it works!
Lifestyle changing tips:
- Find a workout that you love. Try everything to find it.
- Eat fresh. No processed foods.
- Don’t forget to treat yourself but don’t overdo it.
- Stop eating when you’re full and drink water.
- Do something every day. Just go for a walk if you can.