Once upon a time, I felt trapped inside my own body. I thought of myself as this beautiful, skinny and successful person who just needed to break free of my “fat body.” Then, if that happened, I would be happy.
In March I decided to commit myself to daily nutrition check-ins and a workout program – 30 minutes a day – that was realistic for my schedule.
And in just one short month, I’ve realized that my entire mindset about who I am was completely wrong. I AM a beautiful and successful person. I don’t need some number on a scale to tell me that. I want a healthy body, not a “skinny” one.
Each day I discover something new and wonderful. Maybe it’s a deeper belief in myself and maybe it’s a reminder to accept my body’s limitations – it’s a marathon, not a sprint!
If you have struggled or are struggling, please know that you’re not alone. Others have the same fears, the same hopes for the future. I encourage you all to set aside a little time for self-reflection. It’s the first step toward changing your life – creating a fulfilled and purpose-driven life.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked this question: How do you do it? How do you get up every morning and workout? And stay on your meal plans? And not lose focus?
Let me start off with this – I’m not 110% committed. There, I admit it! I occasionally wake up late and need another hour of sleep; I don’t workout every day; I have cheat days!
I’M NOT PERFECT. No one is. But I STAY FOCUSED on my goals!
- You have to commit yourself! I work for EVERY pound lost, EVERY drop of sweat. If you’re not putting in the work, why would you expect to see results?
It’s important to establish goals in the beginning, that way you have something to look forward to! Don’t dwell on the bumps along the road – life happens. The journey of adapting a healthier lifestyle is what you should be focused on.
- Plan ahead. I cannot stress this one enough. Plan your meals a week in advance – I typically meal plan and grocery shop on Sundays – and plan your workouts! It might seem silly at first, but after one week of executing your plan, you’ll ask yourself how you ever managed to go without it!
Even if you’re a busy mom or a working professional (or both), spend an hour or two, one day a week and plan it out.
- Set your goals. You have to define what your goals are – what your personal hopes and dreams are…not your neighbors. This is no time to keep up with the Joneses.
Who/what are you fighting for? Why do I want/need this change? These are KEY GOALS to keep in mind as you struggle, as you fight to change.
- Face your fears! Your about to turn your life upside down, at a 45 degree angle. Yes, it’s scary. It’s hard. And, at times, it seems impossible. That’s the beauty of change. If it doesn’t scare you, then you’re not trying hard enough.
I have faced every single fear there is about transitioning over to healthier habits. I struggle with emotional and binge eating. I struggle to PUSH PLAY.
I want you to remember what I remind myself of everyday:
~ You are capable of doing this. YOU ARE BRAVE ENOUGH, STRONG ENOUGH.
~ YOU ARE everything you need to be to BECOME WHO YOU WANT TO BE.
Now, get out there and shred it!
Ok, so I know I’ve posted about my vision board, but I wanted to share a few other tech items and non-tech items that I’m using to help me achieve my fitness goals.
All of these things together help me make sense of the jumbled mess in my head – “what am I eating today?”; “what do I want to accomplish in 21 days; in 2 months?”; “what are my resting stats and how am I performing during exercise?”; “how’s my sleep?”; “how do I ‘feel’ about these lifestyle changes?”; “what can I do better to feel better?”
- Vision board – This one is pretty self explanatory, you create a board where you post inspirational quotes, images and your goals. The board helps you visualize your goals, how you can accomplish them and serves as a great reminder of why you started in the first place! Here’s mine, where’s yours?
- FitBit Charge HR – This was a “splurge purchase” that I decided to do. It has literally changed my life! I love it! It helps me not only track my daily steps and heart rate, but I wear it at night to track my sleep habits! <<This has been one of the most useful benefits because I can “see” why I feel so tired! 😉
- FitBook Lite – This book was a gift from my coach; a welcome to the team gift! Yay! I just browsed through it today – it’s a 6-week planner/journal that helps keep you organized and focused on your goals too! You also get access to a free e-book which goes into more detail about how to use the journal, as well as some pretty tasty recipes! After the 6 weeks are over, I know I’m going to want another!
- Meal planning – Ok, so this is probably the most helpful and critical tool I use! Without this I know I would fall back into old habits and wouldn’t have a clear picture on my nutrition…I’m still bad at eating enough fruits and veggies, but I know planning ahead helps!