Honestly, consistency is key. And diet is more important than exercise, especially when you’re getting started.
What I did was make small changes to start and then just keep with it. Like, instead of having 2 servings of dinner, I’d have one. Instead of a large fries, a small one. I also introduced more vegetables and reduced pasta and rice. But really, cutting down on portion size is a good first step and switching out unhealthy habits for healthier ones. Eventually your healthy habits out-weigh the bad ones to the point that you don’t want the bad stuff any more. The main thing when building good habits is to not feel like you’re depriving yourself. You won’t stick to a healthy eating plan if you hate the foods you’re eating, so find yummy, healthy recipes. I promise they exist.
It was hard to start off with, but eventually I got the hang of it. Now it doesn’t feel like a chore to eat healthily. In saying that, I still eat ice-cream when I feel like it, just where I was eating lots of it every night, I now only want it rarely and just have a scoop or two.
If you combine a healthy diet with exercise you will get better results. I would recommend getting into weights as soon as possible. A low weight, high rep will help to build stamina as well as tone. The benefit to doing weights at the same time as weightloss is that your body shape will improve as you build muscle as well as increasing your metabolism.
Interval training is my favourite sort of cardio because I don’t have the time or the inclination to slog it out on a treadmill for an hour. Again, start of with something you feel comfortable with, take it easy in the first few sessions, build up your confidence and take it from there.
Obviously, if you want to see immediate results, you need to make more drastic changes. The problem with this is that it’s harder to stick with. You haven’t developed the habits and your cravings will hit you hard. It’s not impossible, but it’s not the easiest way to change.
Basically, it’s not a quick change. The reason I tried and failed so many times to lose weight was because I wanted a quick fix. I think the main thing for me was realising that time is going to pass whether I change or I don’t. In two months if I make small changes, I could be a few kilos lighter if I did something different. Otherwise I’d either be the same, or worse, more overweight.
I know it’s only very general information and everyone pretty much says the same stuff, but honestly, it’s because it works. If you’d like any more specific info I’m happy to try and help you out. :) Good luck! To be a cliche, the only thing standing in your way is you but I know that you can do it if you want to
I just broke two really big promises to myself, and I'm so not happy about the fact.
One of them is that I called myself a cripple, I promised myself at new years I wouldn’t use that word about me again, and I have a couple of times in the past few weeks, but I really caught myself on it tonight. The second is something I promised myself the day I turned 21, that I would never ask for again, never ever ever ever, and tonight I did, and I’m so mad/humiliated about it.
Today is the first time in two weeks I feel ready to work out.
No Really. Two weeks ago I *really* hurt myself and since then I have been just trying to take care of myself and stop the pain.
I stopped taking the valium about a week ago and yesterday upped the frequency of which I took my meds (from 2-3 a day to the max 4). And today I feel great (ish), which means I get to work out again…
Buuuuuut as usual I will have to take it easy and not push myself (Boooo).
My physio wants me to do 50-100 of what she calls ‘butt squats’ a day, but she says thats a number to work up to. so I’m going to try for 30 a day and then work my way up to it over the next few weeks (this is because currently my gluteus are the most fucked thing in my body).
So, right now I’m doing some basic core work by sitting on the swiss ball with both feet off the ground while I computer. Then I’ll jump in and do 15 butt squats, and then I’m going to jump on the bike, and while I’d *love* to do an HITT session, I think I should just hang about on it and take it easy for a little while. Then before I go to bed I’ll do another 15 squats and some new exercises my PT gave me to again help loosen the gluteus….
Happy Friday all!!! May your work outs be as much as you can push yourself too!!!