Often All You Need is a Little Motivation…
It is often difficult just to start to make those changes in your daily life, in order to begin working towards a healthier you. You already have a busy set routine that you tend to follow most days, but you know that if you were to incorporate exercise and eating healthier options you could benefit greatly from them.
Sometimes though it can just seem a little overwhelming to try to include more in your already hectic week, when really often all you need is a little motivation to help start introducing them just one small step at a time.
So how do you begin?
First you need to decide exactly what you would like to change, so get yourself comfy and get out your laptop or grab a notebook and just ask yourself a few things…
Do you want to start exercising on a regular basis, if so what type of activity would you like to do? Are you a kind of person who likes to be active outdoors or be part of a group activity so that you have constant encouragement and support? Or have you enough self-motivation once you actually begin to be able to exercise on your own regularly.
Also do you want to start making changes to your diet and eating healthier food options throughout the week instead of constantly consuming quick and handy processed food and sugary snacks.
Decide what you would like to start doing differently and write it all down.
What is your ‘Why’?
Ask yourself why you personally want to make these changes and be truthful when you write the reasons down. It is all well and good trying to change things because other people in your life have said you should do so, but if you want to really do something and stick with it you need a reason why YOU want to do it and how it can benefit YOU!
After all it is your body and you will be making all the changes and having to do all the hard work to see the results that you deserve.
So decide for yourself do you want to get fitter and stronger in order to feel better about yourself. Do you want to lose or put on weight so that you look better in your clothes; the reason is your personal one and can be anything you want it to be. Every females ‘Why?’ will be slightly different even though many of us want to achieve similar goals.
It is really important to know what yours is however personal or crazy it may seem and that you make a note of it. It will be your motivation to help keep you on track when the going gets tough after a bad week or whatever else life has throws at you.
Where are you now?
If you aim is to change the shape of your body whether it be lose inches and reduce fat or put on muscle you need to be able to measure how much progress you have made along the way. So you need a starting point logged for yourself.
To do this first you need get out that camera and take some photos of yourself at different angles and you can use a mirror to help you do this. Don’t worry if they are not very flattering and show all your body faults, they are only for you unless you feel inclined to share them with others.
Next get out the tape measure and take measurements of all your main body parts so you need to measure your chest, waist, hips and each of your thighs. You could also choose a pair of your old favourite jeans and try them on to to see how they fit you at the moment. You can weigh yourself if you wish but remember that this isn’t the greatest way to track progress. Muscle weighs more than fat so if you are intending on getting stronger that weight will go up.
This is why it is much better to take regular photos and measurements and see how your clothes fit along your new fitness journey instead.
So you have already decided what you want to change and why you want to change, the next decision is when you are going to start making these changes.
Most people say that Monday is the best day to make changes. I find that this is totally true for starting a healthier eating plan and I tend to prepare meals and plan out my food for the following week at the weekend.
Starting your week by doing a little regular exercise can be a great boost to your mood and moral. Just make sure you don’t do too much to start off with or else you’ll end up being exhausted throughout the day. If you have been inactive for a while, it might be better doing something on the weekend in the beginning, so that you have more time and can relax afterwards.
Now you are going to start exercising, so need to decide which comfy fitting clothes you will wear and leave it out all ready for the next day. If you are aiming to get up a bit earlier so that you can exercise at the start of the day, then make sure you set your alarm clock.
If you are going to make changes to your diet, then you should try and decide what you are going to eat for the next week. If you can prepare and cook all your own meals that is the best option as you will know exactly what you are consuming. Make sure you go shopping and get in all your groceries staying away from the cake isle!
There are lots of great free apps out there to help you track your food consumption and exercise, one of my favourites is the Livestrong.com My Plate Tracker app which you can download onto your phone or use on your laptop
When you first see it you would think it is just for those trying to lose weight, but you can adjust the settings to your needs. I am terrible at eating enough calories and especially getting enough protein, so the main thing I like about it is that it will count your calorie consumption and give a nutritional breakdown of different individual foods. You can also put in the regular meals you eat for easier logging and create your own recipes in it.
So now it is up to you to take those first steps, I hope I have helped you with this post and would love to hear how you started on your journeys to a healthier lifestyle…