How many times have you jumped into a new diet/fitness plan with both feet and the best of intentions, only to fall off the wagon almost immediately after you started? How many times have you heard that the secret is: eating veggies and lean protein and do cardio? So many freaking times! Is that sustainable? NOPE! Not for me at any rate. That said, I have tried that same formula probably upwards of 20 times. Not kidding. Every time, I have started out with the best of intentions and 2 days in, I am starving and cranky, drained of energy, and I make a beeline for the sugar, okay...sour gummy worms. Sound familiar?
It finally clicked for me when I started making small changes, adding one small shift to my lifestyle each week. The key to this is making sure that each change is not drastic! Okay in this sample plan, I know that week 2 sounds intense, but the purpose of trying 4 different workouts is to a) find out what workouts you like to do (that part is super important) and b) you will feel great after moving your body that many times in a week!
Here’s what your plan could look like:
Week 1: Drink more water! Carry a bottle everywhere you go and drink up, buttercup! If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. (pro tip: add berries, cucumber, or fresh mint to make your water a little more interesting)
Week 2: Try 4 different workouts (classes, or videos in your living room :)) and see which workouts are fun for you! I gravitate towards a combination of Pilates, dance cardio, and High Intensity Interval Training. I learned that I hate biking. Good to know what will be fun for you on the days that you don’t want to face your workout.
Week 3: ADD VEGGIES TO YOUR DIET. Don’t cut anything from your diet which can leave you feeling deprived. If you love chicken fingers, eat chicken fingers and fill the other half of your plate with veggies: maybe broccoli, salad, or green beans.
Week 4: Think of your favorite meals and create tweaks to make them a little more lean, green, and clean. For example, that fried chicken from last week: could you make a similar recipe with baked breaded chicken?
Week 5: Go find a fitness community! It could be a community online, KKLKL perhaps?, or a studio where you jive with the instructor and other clients. Build your support system!
Week 6: Meditate for 10 mins at the beginning or end of your day. This can be as simple as setting a timer on your phone and telling yourself to focus on each inhale and exhale. There are many different forms of meditation out there. There are even apps with guided meditations if this feels a bit daunting.
Making these little lifestyle shifts slowly over an extended period of time, WILL shift your mindset and your sense of self confidence and self respect. Wishing you all the best! I would love to hear your comments and questions below. Looking forward to hearing from you!