Where do you start with weight loss/getting healthy? At the very beginning. That might sound like a totally obvious statement, but it is amazing how many people (including myself at one point) that when they decide to make that change, they get way too far ahead of themselves and pretty much set themselves up for failure.
If you have a lot of weight to lose, or just a lot of changes to make, then only focusing on the main goal and making all the changes at once is so daunting that you either won’t start it because you are scared or you will give up after a week or 2 because there is just 2 much going on. I think we have all been there in the past.
I understand that when you make that decision to make healthy changes, or that you want to lose weight, that there is a sense of urgency. The decision has been made, why can’t we just start seeing results already? Surely the quickest way to see results is to make as many changes as possible? Wrong! Too much too soon is the reason why so many people give up on their resolutions or quit new healthy eating plans too soon. They dive in head first with 6 workouts a week and 99% clean eating and then crash a week later. That kind of plan is fine for someone that is used to it and further along their journey, but for someone currently with a totally opposite routine, changing to that straight away is a shock to the system.
It might sound like I am trying to convince you to not do much at all, but it isn’t like that. I am saying take it one step at a time. Start walking before you can run – literally in this case, not just metaphorically, and you will be more likely to stick to it and reach your goals.
Okay, so now I have explained the importance of taking it slowly, here are some practical tips that you can apply in regards to starting out and making small changes. Remember, you don’t (and shouldn’t) have to make them all at the same time. Choose one or 2 to begin with and after a week or 2 of doing them, start adding more.
- Commit to drinking more water.
- Try one new workout a week.
- Walk more instead of getting the bus/driving.
- Plan your meals for the week
- Make your own lunch rather than buying it.
- Have a healthy breakfast.
- Get more sleep.
- Focus on real ingredients, rather than processed foods.
- Use smaller dishes and work on portion sizes.
- Cut back on fizzy drinks and fruit juices.
- Eat more fruit and vegetables.
- Keep a food diary
- Do some moves like squats, lunges and jumping jacks during the TV adverts
- Swap your sugary snacks for fruit
It is difficult to explain to someone that is just starting their new healthy way of life that you just have to take it slowly, as I truly do understand the feeling of just wanting to reach your goal. But this is not a sprint – it is a marathon. You will be sticking to this new healthy way of living for the rest of your life, so take your time making the changes so that your body and mind can adjust to it. Have you tried and given up so many times before? Was it because it just seemed like too much? Try taking it one change at a time and see how much better it feels.
Make sure you take a look at my posts on General Tips on Losing Weight and Getting Healthy and What I Would Say To Someone Just Starting Out. There is also lots of other weight loss/getting healthy tips in the Weight Loss section of the blog.
You can always email me (contact form section in the categories above) if you have any questions. I may have lost the weight I needed to, but I still remember what it felt like to be at the very start.
What small changes are you going to start making? Leave a comment below to let me know
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