It’s hard getting started on the new you adventure. We fall we climb back up, we fall again but we aren’t the only ones. Below are my top tips to getting started and staying motivated.
Visualise the new you and how you will feel:
A long time ago I went on a journey with Paul Mckenna, not a real journey just a hypnotherapy book-buying journey in Waterstones. I used this for around a month it was great and some things I took from it I always use, visualising the new you is one of them. Relaxed and in the zone you think about the future you how you will feel in your new clothes, how much lighter you will feel walking down the street, the feeling when people compliment you on your weight loss. Subconsciously you will suck in all these feelings and begin to make better decisions.
Think about why:
Why are you making these changes? What are the reasons for changing your lifestyle? Write them down big or small put them anywhere you can see them every day and when you’re having a moment have a read and remind yourself of why you are doing it. It might be because you want your jeans to fit, you want an Instagram account with a million followers, or you want to be healthy enough to run around with your kids.
Now, this isn’t for everyone and there are mixed views about this, however, I find having visuals helps to motivate me. Mine vary from no pain no gain quotes, you know the you don’t get the ass you want by sitting on it types. Pictures of girls with hot bods a tanned torso in a bikini why the hell not. Also the tagged pictures I block from Facebook to some this can kill your vibe and it has been known to have a negative effect however it makes me strive to not want to look like that again.
You are not an athlete, I repeat you are not an athlete, unless you are in which case you might be a little lost, this blog probably isn’t for you. Don’t go in all guns blazing falling from the treadmill sweating so much you can’t see. If you are a newbie like me this will totally put you off. I expect too much too soon and if I don’t have abs by the end of the week I sack it off. You need to be realistic you didn’t get to where you are overnight, just like you won’t get to go back overnight too. Be patient.
Keep a diary:
Keep on top of what you are eating and how much exercise you are doing My Fitness Pal is amazing for this it helps me keep track of pretty much everything I do. It tells me the good and bad qualities of my food tots up my daily intake. It has pretty much every exercise you could do even walking up the stairs. You can input your start weight and update it as you go along just don’t become obsessed with weighing yourself your body can get up to all sorts of crazy things. I advise also keeping a food diary jot down what you ate and how it made you feel, you will begin to notice patterns and how your body feels after certain foods.
Don’t restrict yourself, limit yourself:
Whatever you do don’t ban yourself from anything. It’s the classic devil on your shoulder scenario tell yourself you can’t have it and guess what you want it. If you have no willpower like me you will eat it. Fad diets from experience just don’t work they make you unhappy cranky and result in binging. Instead just make better choices, you know you should have the apple, so why are you reaching for the quavers?
Bring in the cavalry:
Join a class it’s a great way to make friends and meet people with similar goals. Not everyone at a class is a professional, so don’t be intimidated. I was always afraid of being the new girl, but after the first class, I realised no one actually cares enough to be watching that my cobra pose looks more hippo pose. Your friends are a great support they aren’t only for your boy troubles and fashion troubles tell them your aim and your goals I’m sure they will support you just like mine did.
Most importantly be proud of yourself:
You’re making a huge change to your life it’s not going to be perfect to start off with but guess what you are learning as you go along. You have noticed you need to change and you are doing something about it.
HIGH FIVE TO YOU!