Hey loves! The journey to a healthier lifestyle is not an easy one to follow and I, myself, have shared how much I have and still struggle from time to time with staying on track. But I don’t want you to make the same “basic” mistakes that I did. So here’s a list of what to do when starting your fitness journey from scratch:
1- When someone asks you at the gym, “what day is today?!”.. Please don’t reply, “Tuesday!”
Everyday you should have a plan for what workout you will be focusing on. Ex: Leg day, Arm day, Back/Chest day, etc.. You can’t just go to the gym and do whatever comes to mind. You will never see results that way!
Also, it’s “totally” ok to go to the gym and do cardio everyday (elliptical, treadmill) but that will only help you either lose weight or maintain your weight. If you want to tone up that butt, have sick legs and some nice definition- you must lift. There are no shortcuts to this road.
2- Write down your workouts!
If it’s leg day- write down the workouts you’ll be working on and how many sets/reps you did. This will help you keep track of your progress and allow you to reach your goals faster by doing the appropriate weights and not repeating the same ones, which will allow your muscles to grow.
3- Find an idol
You need someone to look up to to keep you motivated. Find him or her, follow their youtube channel, ig accounts, research their workouts, learn them. And stay motivated/driven to get there one day! If you MUST, have their picture in your phone wallpaper! 😉 Whatever it takes!! I have a few: Katy Hearn is my favorite, her body is just ridiculous- I’d die to look like that one day. (ig: Katyhearnfit)
Diet does not mean eat a salad every day or stop eating (this will give you the opposite results you are looking for). Or only eat foods I don’t like (which will only lead to zero consistency and no results).
Diet means- find out how many calories you need to have everyday, how many you need to burn & find a meal plan that you will enjoy & fit your lifestyle. Diet should not be something we stop doing after a “30 day challenge,” It’s something you will always do. If you eat right for a while and then stop eating right, what do you think is going to happen?
5- Keep alcohol intake to a minimum
The less, the better. A lot of the fitness models quit drinking, period. Alcohol just destroys your muscles, all your hard work at the gym is destroyed by drinking. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should quit or never drink- but the less alcohol intake you have, the better your results will be. You be the judge!
I cut my alcohol intake by quite a bit last year and lost a lot of weight. I still drink on weekends, but this year- I’m looking on minimizing my alcohol intake even more. I’ve learned that I enjoy my friends and family a lot more without it. A glass of wine here and there is fine but anything additional is just not necessary. It’s honestly all in your state of mind. It’s important to be around people you enjoy and feel comfortable with- those people you won’t feel the need to drink so that you can loosen up a bit. Surround yourselves with people you can be yourselves around. And watch what happens.
6- Drink Water
If your pee is yellow- you are still dehydrated. Go back and drink some more water! Water helps get rid of unwanted fat by washing away the things our body does not need, not to mention water will keep your skin looking great & less tired. And who doesn’t want that?! I wrote a post about dehydration in my blog that you can take a quick peek at. But basically, I struggled for quite a while with that. I just recently found a flavored water that I enjoy- it’s called “Propel,” in case you hate plain water like I do- I highly suggest you give it a try. =)
I don’t want to overwhelm you too much. So for now, I’ll leave you with these 6 tips for a great start to a healthier you! Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts! Thanks for stopping by!