How long do you think that motivation will last?
You need to make your HEALTH your TOP priority in your journey! Yes, when you eat healthy good clean foods and exercise and look after your body and fuel it and move it properly, the other benefits (losing weight, more energy, clearer skin etc etc) WILL happen. But your top priority for eating healthy and moving your body should be your health and how you feel.
Too many women in particular focus so much on that number on the scale, they lose focus and forget about all the other great things that is happening to their body! That number can fluctuate and change by the minute girls!!! You just need to go to the toilet and you've lost weight! So don't stand on those scales every 5 minutes and focus on a number to make you feel better and feel good.
Your reason for making a change should be a long term lifestyle plan. It needs to be a plan you can stick to for life - and that plan includes treats like amazing ice-cream and wine! You just need to make conscious choices about your meals and how you go about it.
Example: Enjoy the amazing decadent ice-cream cone as a treat, but don't go buying a tub and eating the whole tub! Enjoy the piece of chocolate, but don't eat the whole bar! Same with wine, a glass or 2 on occasion fine - the whole bottle or 2 - not fine!
When you go out for dinner and you want pasta, maybe swap it to an entree size and get a big green salad on the side? Ask for the dressings on the side, instead of poured over the whole salad. Little things like that make a big difference long term.
When you first start out on a plan and your goal is to lose weight, then we need to get rid of some habits and some toxins and need to be a little bit stricter to get that body used to this new way of living and break some habits, so hence we do cut way back on treats and alcohol - but after time and once you've learnt how to control it better and are feeling different, this is a lifestyle remember and so you can indulge and enjoy - once you have learnt the skills to be able to make good decisions.
Here are some really basic tips for starting out or getting back on the wagon:
- Clean all the crap out of your cupboards! If it's not there, you won't eat it! Get rid of it and don't buy it!
- Start with walking. Do a walk on an empty stomach for about an hour. Low impact and nice to get out in the fresh air! Easy on joints etc... Easy to do! And FREE!
- Water - Increase your water! Drink until you have clear wees :)
- Make a plan - set short term goals (i.e. I'm going to walk 3 x a week this week) and big kick ass long term end result goals. Achieve those short term goals every week to keep you motivated and keep you going.
- Grab a buddy - go to classes, do workouts that you enjoy. If you need accountability though, get to a class, grab a friend - or join up some of my small group personal training sessions!
- Cut out all the processed crap, refined sugar, alcohol, takeaways etc. Cut it out!
- Take some before photos - these will be a great indication later on at how your body has changed. Trust me, the amount of amazing photos I have seen - it's so worth it taking photos!
I know you've probably heard me saying all of this time and time again, but I continue to see women struggling to start or to stay focused and stay on track. You can never hear too much of a good thing right!