5 WAYS TO KILL THE FITNESS GAME
5 WAYS TO KILL THE FITNESS GAME
And stop self-sabotaging FOR GOOD.
There probably isn't a person on the planet who hasn't started and subsequently quit a workout regime, diet, or both. Probably multiple times. If you're like me, if became a regular cycle. And every time I gave up, I felt even worse.
My personal journey (finally) started after I had my son. I gained 60 pounds and a year after having him I was still holding on to about 45 of them. And I wasn't happy with my body to begin with so I was feeling pretty fucking awful. Unlike every other time where I decided I'm going to overhaul my entire lifestyle and eat only certain foods and workout every day, I decided to hire a trainer once a week. Slowly once became twice and twice became three times. Soon enough, I realized I really loved the post-workout "high." Then life happened, I moved and had to start over with a new trainer and a new gym (and SO thankful I did, because my current trainer whoops my ass) but I realized that even though I was pushing myself in the gym almost daily at this point, I still wasn't seeing the results I wanted. Don't get me wrong, I was definitely seeing results.
So about 8 months after my fitness journey began, I knew I had to do something about my diet. I also knew I wasn't about to give up cookies or delicious dinners out. I had heard a little bit here and there about IIFYM or Macro Counting and I knew the general premise of it (for those of you who don't know, its a specific way of counting calories - basically breaking it down and counting your intake of protein, fat and carbs - I'll do a separate post on it later.) I just had no idea how to start. So I reached out to a coach I was following on Instagram (@IHeartMacros) and bought a personalized count. I didn't think I needed "coaching" but I definitely needed direction. This allowed me freedom with my food intake but REALLY gave me perspective about balancing my food intake and PORTION control.
Well, another 3 months later and I COULDN'T believe what a difference those small tweaks made. I'll post my before & afters below. Anyway, my point is I'VE BEEN THERE.. and here are the 5 things you need to remember when embarking on your own journey:
1. Find something you don’t hate/or something that makes you feel accomplished
It's WILDLY unrealistic to say "find a workout you love." Because who TF loves working out? But if you find something that is motivating to you - for me, its weight lifiting - so that when you finish you really feel like you killed it, then that feeling is only going to help you get your butt in gear.
2. Have a strategy
Don't roll up into the gym without knowing what your game plan is, you'll never have a great workout this way. Same for at-home workouts. There are PLENTY of resources that can help you build your workouts. If you do happen to join a gym, definitely take advantage of the free training sessions a lot of them offer when signing up. This one or two sessions can really help you get your form in check. Otherwise use the wealth of internet and app-based resources to structure your workouts. There are several apps that are available for ~$10 a month including Kayla Itsines, Alexia Clark, and Christina Capron that will literally tell you what to do and how to do it including videos. You can't mess it up.
I also love to follow fitness influencers on IG and tag their videos to replicate later - it's FREE!
3. Start small
Just like your body isn't going to change overnight, neither is your lifestyle. Start with small goals. Make your goal to workout twice a week. Start by meal prepping an entire day the night before. The whole picture will come together, but its much easier to take one step at a time, adding a bit each week, than to totally change your life overnight.
4 . Be patient
YOU GUYS. It takes two freaking seconds to get unhealthy and unhappy. It takes a hell of a lot longer to reverse. STAY WITH IT. Do NOT give up. Whatever your goal is - weight loss, muscle gain, cleaning up your diet, sticking to a routine - it takes consistency. You will fuck up. Don't let that ruin all the progess you made. Just keep going. And it gets easier. *pinky promise*
5. Take pictures
I wish I took 983754398574 more pictures than I did. I'm so glad I have the few that I do. A lot of times you can't see the changes in the mirror. Maybe you can see them in the way your clothes fit but I promise if you take a picture a week you WILL not regret it. Talk about motivation! Nothing feels as good and pushes you to keep going like looking back to where you came from.
I hope this helps guys! I know that there are a lot of you out there looking for a quick fix but it's just not that easy (sorry to be the bearer of bad news.) The good news is when you work your ASS off, the results feel even better!!
Now go kick some ass!!
My Before and After
L: One year post-partum
M: Working out only
R: One year working out + 3 months counting macros