Lately, the term “fitness journey” has been huge on YouTube and Instagram! It’s an important term to remember whether you’re trying not to give up on your 2017 resolution or you’re just starting to get beach body ready, because no matter what your goal is- it’s not going to happen overnight. My own fitness journey is still ongoing, but since October, I’ve been really focusing on trying new (healthier) foods, incorporating self love into my workouts, intensifying my routines, and leading a more active lifestyle. Since then, I’ve lost a little over 15 pounds! The list below is some of the tricks that I’ve learned along the way.
- Stay away from the scale- at first, at least. When you first start out on a diet or new workout plan, you KNOW you’re doing awesome, so it can be tempting to check your weight often. This is a bad, bad idea. First, if you check it after only a few days, you probably won’t see much of a difference and you’ll get discouraged. Also, there’s a possibility that you’ll begin to care more about the number than you do about your overall mood and body, which is just as bad. If you’re eating well and working out, chances are you’re losing weight and if that’s your goal then that’s awesome! Just be sure to be patient, know that weight changes (a lot) and that your personal feeling of progress is more important than the number.
- Drink LOTS of water- I didn’t listen to my mother enough on this one…but it works. Our bodies are filled with it! It energizes muscles, flushes out toxins, and keeps your skin looking good. For me personally, drinking more water has really lessened my appetite. If water is “too boring” like it was for me at first, try infusing it with fruit, which has plenty of other benefits.
- Have variety- the same workout with the same meal afterwards can get boring…fast. Explore your options! Running, Hiit, Zumba, Yoga- mix it up. You don’t need a gym for this, either. YouTube has so many resources for good quality workouts that you can do at home for none of the cost. During my recent weight loss, I haven’t been to the gym once. I have, however, gotten more variety into my diet. Try new recipes, new products, and new ingredients. It’ll keep you interested and keep you motivated.
- DON’T compare yourself to others- another obvious one, I know, but it is all too often overlooked! You may not look like your friend or the local gym guru- but that’s okay. Progress takes time, but while you’re working on your bod, you also have to remember to build yourself up, too! Tell yourself you kicked ass at your Zumba class- because you did.
- Cut out the bad (even the bad vibes!)- a fitness journey is a positive thing! You shouldn’t have toxins like soda in your body just as much as you shouldn’t have toxic relationships or belongings. For me, I used the “cold turkey” method. Soda? Out the door. Crummy friends? See you later. This doesn’t work for everybody, though, so work at a pace that is efficient for you! If that means drinking only one soda at dinner and then water before converting to only water, then go for it. You just have to remember that health isn’t only what you look like on the outside, it’s the inside too!
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