If your reading this, then I’m sure we can all say we’ve been there. Scrolling through your Instagram or your Facebook, seeing all the super fit and healthy girls with their rockin’ bods and their seemingly perfect diet flooding your feed and thinking, “Why can’t I look like that?” I am 100 percent a culprit of this. And then, I flash back to reality, I am who I am and you are YOU. Don’t wish or hope to be anyone or anything but the very best, most fabulous version of yourself. Those girls aren’t your competition, YOU are your competition. These fitness models and #fitgirls that are flooding our news feeds were not “just born with it” or maybe they were and in that case, thanks a lot mom and dad. These women worked extremely hard for their physique and I’m sure there were sacrifices and tears along the way (just like the rest of us). These transformations, healthier choices, and results – they take TIME. I know, I know, that’s the last thing you want to hear but give yourself one month. Don’t base it off of pounds lost, (this can be the most detrimental to your weight loss and motivation) but see how you feel, how your clothes fit, and how you’re sleeping. These small, what may seem insignificant, changes will lead you to that healthier lifestyle and rockin’ bod we see over and over again on Instagram.
When I was finally fed up with my weight and done with feeling like crap constantly I started with these small changes, ultimately helping me to lose 65 pounds. I never dreamt of being where I am today but I believe it was starting small that gave me big results. So start small (weight loss needs to be something that is manageable and maintainable so you don’t gain it all back) and just see how these little changes trickle into other aspects of your life and lead to substantial lifestyle changes down the road.
Okay, here they are:
1. Create Distance. Park as far away as you can. Take the stairs. Walk down every single grocery aisle when grocery shopping. Get up and move at least every hour. In order to lose weight, you need a calorie deficit. In order to burn calories you need to move. Pretty simple, right?
2. Find Time Everyday to Exercise. Even if it’s only for 15 minutes on some days (I recommend your workouts be 35-50 minutes at least 3x a week). Go for a walk, run up and down the stairs, do some core exercises on your living room floor, do a short yoga workout. Finding the time everyday to fit in a workout will create a habit. Working out is the best habit you can create.
3. Drink More Water. Drink water consistently throughout the day (I set a reminder on my phone that goes off every 30 min). Drink a glass of water before every meal. Drink a glass of water when you feel hungry to see if your body is just thirsty. The recommended daily water intake for women is 91oz (2.7 Liters) and 125oz (3.7 Liters) for men.
4. Limit Meals Out. With every one’s busy schedules these days, it is so easy to just grab and go. We are so caught up with work, school, whatever it may be that eating out becomes our social time. Break that habit. Instead of going out to eat or to a coffee shop with friends, go hiking, go on a bike ride, walk to your nearest shopping plaza. Keep it active. Try and limit yourself to two meals out per week (one is better, but lifestyles vary). Not only will this help you on your weight loss journey but it will also save you some extra money for that super cute new LuluLemon outfit you’ve been wanting.
5. Track, Track, Track. I HIGHLY recommend tracking your food intake, even if its only for a short period of time (try for at minimum 3-4 weeks). You can write a note in your phone, a paper list, one of the hundreds of food tracking apps (my favorite is MyFitnessPal), email a list to a friend, just get it down somewhere. Tracking your food will help provide you with SO much insight on your diet. You can note what you eat and how you feel after – this will help teach you foods that fuel your body and foods that hurt you. You can see if your overeating, under eating, eating too much fat, too many carbs. It really helps to see it “on paper”.
Remember, start at a manageable and maintainable pace. Maybe you don’t do all of these at once – start with one. Then in a week or two incorporate another. Before you know it these will lead to different changes and so on and so forth. You’ll look back a year from now and not believe the life you life compared to the one you used to.
I have more tips to come in the coming weeks! Leave a comment and let me know if you give any of these a try, how it goes, and if you need any advice!