Many say the hardest step in any journey is the first one and when it comes to losing weight, getting started is easily the most difficult part.
So how do you get motivated to get up off the couch and onto the running track?
How do you plan a diet and exercise routine?
#1 – TRIGGERRED
Something has to snap inside you to make you want to lose weight. It might be an unflattering photo you’re tagged in on social media, your favorite top might suddenly be a little tight around your mid-section, whatever it is – something has to be the catalyst for change. You have to want it bad enough to take the next step.
#2 – CREATE A VISION BOARD
Embrace your inner scrapbook enthusiast by cutting pictures out of newspapers and magazines of things that represent your dream life. Mansions, cars, the ideal body – cut them out and put them all up on a cork or poster board and hang it somewhere were you’ll see it every day. When you look at it, envision what it feels like to achieve these goals and push yourself every day to achieve them.
#3 – FOOD DIARY
Most people have no idea how much or what kind of food they actually eat. 85% of people underestimate their meal size and snack frequency. Get into the habit of tracking and recording everything you put in your mouth, it’ll make it easier when formulating what diet changes are needed to reach your goals.
#4 – TAKE PHOTOS
This is a step everyone dreads, but every glamorous “after” photo needs a “before” for comparison. Make sure you snap a few pictures from a few angles so you can show yourself how far you’ve come. If the idea of taking pictures bothers you, just think, this is you at your worst and it can only get better from here.
#5 – JUMP ON THE SCALES
Another step that not too popular, but it’s very important, your weight-loss journey starts with a number. Jump on the scales and record you at hopefully your heaviest. If it’s been a while since you’ve checked your weight, the display could upset you, but just like with the photos, consider this a milestone moment in itself.
#6 – TRACK YOUR SLEEP AND STRESS LEVELS
It’s not all about the food and exercise. Even if you’re focused and eating healthy, other lifestyle factors may be working against you. A lack of sleep and high levels of stress are two factors that can end up manifesting on the scales. Creating a sleep routine is just as important as a diet and workout plan.
#7 – SET CHALLENGING YET ACHIEVABLE GOALS
Being ambitious is all well and good, but don’t plan for a 7-day-a-week CrossFit program if you can’t fully commit. Set realistic goals that still require a fair amount of effort, but ones that you can achieve and appropriately reward yourself when do.
#8 – GET STARTED
The best time to start a weight-loss journey is right now. If you’re serious about getting in shape and looking and feeling your best, don’t put off the necessary lifestyle changes any longer. Don’t wait till next month or New Years to get started, you can do this!