Congratulations! You've decided to start a fitness/eating/healthier living program. But you're probably asking yourself, "Where do I start?"
"Where do I start" is the number one question I get as a personal trainer and coach. Here's a few tips to get you started.
1. What are your goals?
Why are you doing this? What do you hope to accomplish? Having a clear vision of your goals is important.
2. What will happen when you reach your goal?
You have a clear goal - great! What will happen when you get there? The number one reason people gain weight back after reaching a goal is because they didn't think about the 'after.' What would happen when you met the goal? Remember, this is the rest of your life. Don't be shortsighted.
3. Start small.
Small, consistent habit changes that you can adhere to are the keys to longterm success. Focus on one habit at a time. If you don't eat breakfast, work on eating breakfast everyday until that becomes normal for you. Some habits will take less time to achieve than other.
4. Celebrate the small victories.
You passed on seconds at dinner because you were satisfied and didn't need anymore food. Pat yourself on the back!
You did 10 push-ups in a row. Last week you could only do 8. Celebrate!
You packed your lunch every day for work and felt good about it. Great job!
Whatever it is that makes you proud for continuing on this journey, celebrate it. Remember, consistently doing the right things add up to big results.
5. Create a support network.
Tell people you love and trust what you are doing. Tell them you need their support when you want to quit. Tell them to remind you of your goals. Having the right support will make all the difference.
6. Keep the negative nellies at an arm's length.
Change is hard. Sometimes it's even harder for the people in our lives than it is for us. When you decide to make a change in your lifestyle, some people in your life may become negative or downright mean. Your desire to change is highlighting their decision not to. That's ok. Just protect yourself. Your support network will help you.
7. Create a mindset of success.
You can do this. You are worth it. You are enough. You're doing this for you. Repeat these things every day in the mirror. Say them until you believe them.
8. Get professional help.
There are a lot of trainers and health professionals who are in the business of helping people get healthier. Do your research. Ask for referrals. Interview them. They are a part of your team and you need to be comfortable opening up and being honest with them so they can help you. All trainers, nutritionists, dietitians, physicians and health coaches are not created equal. A true professional will have no problem complying with your need to gather information before you make a decision.
9. Make a decision.
Your gut is usually right. If your gut tells you that your trainer, coach, nutritionist, etc is a good fit for you, then go with that. Do your research, but trust your intuition.
10. Love yourself.
Self worth and self esteem start at the core with loving who you are, right now, whatever you look or feel like. If you think losing weight or getting more fit will make someone else like you or love you more, you're wrong. Loving you, flaws (we all have them) and all is the key to happiness. When you love you, everything else falls into place. Love yourself enough to take care of your temple. It's the only place you have to live.
Reach out if you need more help.