How many of us have heard that staying fit is 80% diet and 20% exercise? It sounds fairly simple, right? If only it was as easy as it sounds. Excuses pile up, life gets in the way, and we crave! Next thing you know, a month or two have gone by without any real exercise or proper eating, and you have to start at point A again. Whether you are back to the drawing board or just trying to maintain what you have going, here are 10 easy ways to make sure that once you get going, you stay successful.
1. Get into a Routine
I’m talking what day you grocery shop, when you eat, and when you hit the weights. This is the best way to create a habit. Once you create a habit of exercising, it’s going to become so much easier to get yourself into the mindset to get moving. Even on rest days, make it a point to at least stretch or do some type of light work out, just to stay into the routine, and do it during the time you would normally bust a workout. Your body will thank you!
2. Lose the Excuses
Making excuses is easy, and that’s why we all do it. Getting our sweat on is hard, but it is SO worth it. Have you ever regretted getting a good workout in? Even if you feel like you only have 15 minutes, 15 beats 0 every time. It will make you feel more accomplished that you did something, rather than coming up with an excuse not to.
3. Find Your Motivation
This can be a person you know personally, someone who influences you on social media, and/or quotes, like the one above. I like to keep little, easy to remember quotes in my head for when I need a push. Whatever it is, keep it in a place you can easily see or find, to keep you on track and motivate you to make an effort towards progress.
4. Find Your Support
Whether it is a parent, friend, coworker, or social media following, talk to someone about your journey. Maybe some of them will want to tag along with you to the gym, or will check on you to see what kind of results you are seeing. Usually when a person makes a change to better themselves, it inspires others to do the same. Your support will keep you accountable and keep you moving.
5. Set Goals
Your goals should be realistic and achievable in the right amount of time. You can’t lose 20 pounds overnight. But you can lose 20 pounds safely in about 2.5 months. Which, in the grand scheme of things, really isn’t that far away! Depending on what your goal may be, research the best ways to get there and what plans you could follow to make sure you are actually making progress towards it.
6. Measure Your Progress
Personally, I take pictures to measure my progress. It’s great to visually see a change in a side-by-side comparison. Especially if you take pictures in say a pair of jeans that don’t fit great at the moment, and later on take a picture in the same pair and see how they fit. Other ways you can measure are having someone tape measure you, weighing yourself, measuring body fat, etc. Once you start noticing a difference, you will look forward to your continuing progress.
7. Plan What You Eat
Meal prepping is the way to go with this. If you plan your meals, you will have a lot more time to work out, you will save yourself a lot of money because you are not impulsively ordering out, and you have the power to make your food as healthy and nutritious as you want it to be. It’s really a win all around, and there are plenty of resources to find meal prepping ideas.
8. Log What You Eat
I typically do this if I have been on a bad streak for a while and I am trying to get back to eating healthy. I will either write down everything I eat on paper, or by using the FitBit app, which tells you the calories and nutrition facts. I personally don’t like to count calories but if you’re someone who does, that app or one similar might be great for you. The key here is I am holding myself accountable. I don’t want to write down that I ate a whole chocolate bar, so I’m not going to eat it. Maybe just a piece or two. It really keeps you in check. It’s like if no one saw you eat it, it doesn’t count, but now someone is always watching you.
9. Treat Yourself
Going cold-turkey and cutting out everything all at once is definitely a recipe for disaster. Treating yourself to a cupcake or brownie once a week or so is not going to kill you! If you can go forever without that sweet junk, than I envy you, because I definitely cannot. Also, I like to buy myself new gym clothes as a treat! It motivates me because I just want to wear my new clothes and put them to work. Remember, treating yourself shouldn’t be an everyday thing, and when you do, it shouldn’t be an all day thing. Pro Tip: Make yourself a healthy dessert, like protein balls to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.
10. Love Yourself From Start to Finish!
It is so counterproductive to tell yourself that you’re never going to look like so-and-so, or you’ll ever be able to life this much weight, blah blah blah. You won’t be wrong if you stay in that mindset. If you tell yourself it is true, than it will be true. If you tell yourself that you can, than that will be true. The point is to love yourself exactly as you are right at this moment. Love everything you see in the mirror, accept all of it, and love all of the changes that come along the way. Fitness is a journey, not a destination. You will get out whatever you put in, so enjoy the ride!
Until Next Time
I hope you found this to be enjoyable and helpful. Check out my Instagram for more content, where I will include some workouts. Until next time, stay beautiful!