So today is the big day, you decided ENOUGH IS ENOUGH IT’S TIME TO GET ON THIS FITNESS MOVEMENT AND GET WORK DONE!
But now what? Where do you start? What exercises do what? Muscle building or cardio? What do I eat? Do I limit bread…can I even eat bread? Carbs good or bad?
No one starts the race knowing all the answers! Most of us in this fitblogger world just showed up one day with the same intentions at you, READY TO GET STUFF DONE AND GET FIT!
Step 1: Set Goals That Are Both Long Term And Short Term:
Short Term Examples:
Losing 5-10 pounds
Running a mile in under 10 minutes
Buy a piece of clothing 1 or 2 sizes too small and being able to fit into it.
Able to do more push-ups/squats/lunges/jump ropes/ jumping jacks/ burppee’s etc in 1 minute
Long Term Examples:
Reaching your goal weight
Running a marathon
Competition in a cross fit challenge
Completing a Spartan run or Warrior Dash
Fitting in your dream size
Wearing that outfit you’ve always wanted to wear that’s been collecting dust in your closet for years!
By setting both long term and short term goals you allow yourself to enjoy the journey and not just stay focused on the far away DREAM. Little successes will help you see that your goals are achievable and you can do ANYTHING you set your mind too.
Step 2: Understanding Your Eating Habits
Now notice I am not saying “becoming the most nutritional smart person in your life and be able to write a book about the do’s and don’ts of food.” Step 2 is about understanding YOUR eating and how that is either helping or hindering the goals you set for your self in step 1. What types of habits do you have that are preventing you from reaching your goals? Common habits that are goal stoppers:
Living on fast food
Drinking liquid calories (soda, juices, alcohol)
Addicted to the candy aisle
Fried foods all day everyday
The only fruit you eat are smothered in chocolate and stuffed in candy or the fruit flavored frostings and ice-creams.
The only vegetables you have is the occasional piece of lettuce that comes with a burger.
You food choices resemble that of teenage boy’s dream kitchen: pizza pockets, ranch, frozen burritos, French fries, pop tarts, doughnuts, cookies, frozen pizza…you get the idea!
People drink water when they are thirsty?
A salad in your book is basically: fried chicken, cheese, bacon pieces, smothered in ranch with a few pieces of green stuff for colour.
Habits like this will stop you in your tracks before you even have a chance to start! When getting started on your journey, identify your eating habits. Keep a food log for a few days and see what your food habits look like. What time of day are you reaching for sugar? When do you crave heavy cheesy pastas? How many “splurges” are you allowing yourself to have? Understanding your eating habits will help you develop some goals and replacements behaviors.
Step 3: Cleaning Up Your Eating:
So you figured out where you’re messing up. Now I’m gonna share some tips to help you replace your current goal stoppers with goal reachers. If this sounds familiar, it’s because it should! It’s taken directly from my “Cleaning up your eating in 5 weeks” article. Why re-write something that is already working! This is the way I have found helps with reaching goals without feeling overwhelmed.
Week 1: Add A Serving Of Fruits Or Veggies To Every Meal
BY adding fruits and veggies to every meal, you will not only fill up faster, but you will learn that veggies and fruits are yummy and not hard to eat.
The nutrients from fruits and veggies are hard to find in processed foods. Your body NEEDS/CRAVES the real stuff.
My Suggestions/tips for Week 1:
If you are making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich use fruit instead of jelly! Strawberry slices are super yummy and fresh! Or the crunch from an apple is my favorite combo with peanut butter! Bananas also work great!
Wraps are a great way to add veggies! Use your favorite salad dressing as the base of the wrap and load up with veggies! You can go raw or cooked veggies: mushrooms, green peppers, cucumbers, carrots, lettuce, spinach, celery, olives, beans, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, broccoli … NO LIMIT, get creative, find a combo you love! Also don’t be shy to add lean meat for protein.
Sub out a a bag of chips, for a cup of grapes or blueberries.
Week 2: No More Fast Food…Ever!
Fast food is damaging. it has nothing real. REGARDLESS of what they say on the T.V. its awful. Think of your favorite fitness idol…or favorite Hollywood Trainer (mine is Chris Powell from Extreme Makeover: Weight loss edition) You do NOT see anyone of those people eating fast food.
EAT FOR THE BODY YOU WANT, NOT THE BODY YOU HAVE.
Tips For Avoiding Fast Food:
PREPARE PREPARE PREPARE! Do not set yourself up for failure by not packing a lunch! You know you will be hungry at work/school. SO PLAN FOR IT.
Week 3: Switch To Wheat/Brown Bread, Pasta, Rice:
Whole grain is healthy and also more filling for you! Its full of fiber and everything healthy that was sucked out of the white breads/pasta/rice. EAT IT!
Restaurants and cafeterias offer this now, ASK FOR IT. no excuses.
Week 4: Base Every Snack Starting With A Fruit Or A Veggie:
This will teach you that fruits and veggies have more to offer then just side dishes, they can be eating during the day on the go! Check out these healthy snack options:
Apples with Peanut butter
Strawberries with cool whip
Veggies and hummus
Peaches with cottage cheese
Yogurt with fruit
Frozen grapes or blueberries
Fresh fruit smoothies
Bananas with peanut butter
Celery sticks with Seasoning salt on them
Celery and Peanut butter
Cucumbers and hummus or pesto
Week 5: NO MORE REGULAR SODA
Soda is just AWEFUL and you know it. so stop lying to yourself. I am not asking you to cut everything about soda, just regular soda.
Step 4: Find YOUR fitness:
Not everyone was made to be runners. The thought of runner make me want to never leave my house. But I LOVE Zumba, bootcamp, crossfit, total body conditioning classes. I like being around people and sweating so much I slip in my puddles of sweat. But I cant run to save my life…it’s too boring for me. And that is OKAY! There are tons of fitness options out there! Set yourself up for success by picking an activity you will LEARN to love (it takes time but it will happen) and also pick a time that will work for you. I cant do 5 am…ever. I would fail at reaching my goals if that was the only time I dedicated to my fitness. So pick a time that will work for you and pick a fitness that will work for you! Create the healthy fit life you enjoy. Not a life full of restrictions and constant body bashing.
Curves gym for women
Group training (semi-private personal training)
Find a gym with options you would utilize
Group fitness classes
Cross fit gyms
Build up your running using an app like NIKE+ or couch to 5K programs
Zombie run app
In home programs: Insanity, Asylum, P90X, Tapout XT, Turbo Fire, Beast, Body Pump (my beachbody information will be at the bottom)
Join a cycling group
Step 5: Create your Goal Board:
All the hard work you put into creating the perfect plan for goal reaching deserves to be hung up! So create a board with your goals in display, print off your 5 week clean eating and create a calendar to keep you organized. Hang up motivational quotes, transformation pictures. Anything that will help you remain dedicated. Motivation will come and go , dedication is what will get you results. Create your Goal Board and you will be on your way to creating the fit-and-healthy YOU.
Honestly, after this three minute video, I have realized that I should be whoever I want to be and I shouldn’t take people opinions about me to heart. Someone as amazing as Thomas Sanders is a theater kid, a nerd and was bullied, just like me. And look at where he is now! Now, I’m not saying that I’m completely confident about myself because, come on, that’s not gonna happen after only three minutes. Stuff like that takes time. But, just watching his videos and seeing how happy he is, I realize that maybe I should just be happy too.
Running will be there 7am while he’s on his work shift. The hills and trails will be there when there are no arms to comfort you. The clouds will gaze down upon your most glorious moments when no soul is there to witness them. The trees will never utter anything about your messy braid, no makeup or sweaty shirt. Only love what can love you back unconditionally.