It is so difficult to make changes in your life, when you have been so used to doing things a certain way, especially when it comes to fitness and nutrition. It can be overwhelming walking into a gym. It makes us uncomfortable, looking at all the people who are fit and know what they are doing. It can be overwhelming trying to shop for and cook healthy meals, and get enough calories and protein and carbs and healthy fats and all of these things that we hear so many differing opinions on.
Step one for me to start any of this was to not let myself get overwhelmed. Step one was to look at myself in the mirror and realize that I wasn’t happy with the person that I saw, and sitting down and setting out some REALISTIC goals for myself. It took the help of a trainer, because I had no idea what realistic goals meant. All I see on the internet are articles titled “lose 10 pounds in a week” or “drinking this every night will make you shed fat in 3 days!”
Note to everyone: Even if these are true, you will NOT keep that weight off. Weight loss is supposed to be a complete lifestyle change. It’s getting into a routine and maintaining it for life. It isn’t shedding all the fat in a week and then going back to your normal lifestyle and expecting to be magically fit for your whole life without putting in constant work.
So ladies, put down whatever you are doing. Go look at yourself in the mirror, and tell yourself that you are willing to put in the work. Have a big glass of water. Get a great sleep. Tomorrow we will work on scheduling workouts into your busy week….And maybe taking some motivational “before” pics 😉