Starting a fitness journey or plan is tough for basically everyone. I myself have started and quit so many programs it’s unbelievable. Today we see so many weight loss miracles or drugs that it’s easy to want a fast way out, but you didn’t gain 50 pounds in two weeks so you definitely won’t lose it that fast.
I want to talk about how you can start a fitness and nutrition plan and actually stick to it this time. I started my journey back in February and have lost about 30 lbs! Doesn’t seem like a ton, but that’s because I have done it slowly through lifestyle and fitness changes that have stuck with me.
I’m going to go over my top tips and tricks to keep you motivated and on track. Just a warning. This won’t be easy. You’re going to want to give up. You’re going to want to go on cake eating binges all weekend. But working hard for this goal is going to feel amazing in the long run and you will feel so proud of yourself. In the words of the Whole 30 creators:
“Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black is. Not. Hard.”
If you have ever tried the Whole 30, you’ll get the coffee reference, but I like to modify mine by saying that treating your body right is not hard. Eating right is not hard. Doing some type of activity is not hard. Remember, even going for a walk is doing more than the person sitting on the couch.
1. Start Today
Quit telling yourself that you will start at the new year. Quit saying you’ll do it next week or next month. Start today otherwise you’ll keep putting it off!
2. Step Away From The Scale
Stop weighing yourself every day or even every week for that matter. Sure, you may want to lose weight, but isn’t the ultimate goal actually just to be healthy? Healthy comes in a lot of shapes and sizes.
I like to only weigh myself about once a month. That is my check in day. But I don’t just weigh myself. I check my body fat % and take measurements. Those are usually better indicators of your progress anyway!
3. Stop With The Fad Diets
South Beach, Paleo, Atkins, you name it. These may provide you with short term success, but they are hard to maintain in the long run.
Focus on getting a balance of healthy foods in all of your meals for the rest of your life. This isn’t a diet, this is a lifestyle.
4. Get A Fitness Tracker
Getting a Fit Bit has changed my fitness game for the better. It reminds that I need to keep moving every hour and it helps me hit my step goal every day.
The Fit Bit app also allows me to track my sleep schedule, food intake, water intake, and ovulation cycle. Which brings me into my next tip.
5. Utilize A Calorie Counter
There are a ton of free apps that you can download just to track what you eat. You don’t need to obsess over this, but it’s a great way to see how many calories you are actually consuming.
Talk to your doctor or nutritionist about what your daily caloric intake should be, as it varies from person to person and lifestyles.
6. Stop Buying Junk At The Store
Don’t want to be tempted by the chips or cookies in your cupboard? Stop buying them! Sure, there will be temptations outside of your home that you need to resist, but on those days when all you want to eat is chocolate, it’s better if you just don’t have any in your house at all.
(Also, this is totally different than cheat meals. Cheat meals are definitely allowed and you shouldn’t feel bad for having them!)
7. Create A Motivational Board On Pinterest
This has helped me tremendously on my journey. Create a Health and Fitness board on Pinterest. Include inspirational quotes, recipes, workouts, you name it. Whenever you’re feeling weak or like you want to give up, just look at your board, it will change your mind.
Follow my Health and Fitness Board for tips or extra inspo!
8. Do It For Yourself
Stop saying it’s because you want to impress someone else or be more attractive. Do this journey for yourself. Do it for getting healthy. Do it for getting stronger. Do it to feel good in your skin. Do it because you want to.
This is a key tip in making sure you stick to your plan!
9. Commit To A Schedule
So maybe now you’re eating right, but we need to throw in some exercise as well. You don’t have to run to the nearest gym and buy an expensive membership. There are a ton of free routes for this option.
I do have a gym membership and I love it, but it’s not for everyone. I currently commit to 4-5 days a week of intense exercise at my gym. That includes strength training and cardio. On the off days I like to do Yoga, or just recover.
Once you know how many days work for you, plan it out and stick to it. I hate when people say they don’t have time for the gym. No, you DO have time for the gym, you just aren’t prioritizing it in your life.
A 1 hour workout is 4% of your day, no excuses!
10. Keep An Exercise Diary
If one of your main goals is to get stronger and leaner, an exercise diary is a huge help. This helps you track your progress from a strength training standpoint. It also helps you stick to your schedule and plan your workout days.
11. Treat Yo Self!
Finally, treat yo self! Life is short. If you want the cupcake, eat the damn cupcake! And you don’t need to feel bad for it! If you’re eating healthy 95% of the time, then treating yourself once in a while isn’t a big deal.
Depriving yourself of things like this that you love only hurts your end goal and makes you want to give up.
I hope these tips and tricks help you stick to your fitness plan! I just want to remind you that I am not a doctor or fitness professional. This is solely based on my personal experience and what has helped me.
Please consult your physician or nutritionist for your specific recommendations!
Featured image is sourced from Gymaholic.