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Weight loss is hard, particularly when you are starting out, and for me, kickstarting when I had fallen off the food wagon was the most difficult. Kickstarting weight loss is about mentality and attitude as well as the physical and since I managed to lose 5 stone (see my weight loss journey timeline in pictures) with these tips and advice, I figure I would share some of my “wisdom.”
It is important to remember to do what is best for you and use this as a guide to adapt to your own. If something doesn’t work then move on and find what does– none of it is rocket science but sometimes simple is better!
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Writing things down makes me stop and think about what I’ve eaten and at the least makes me feel more accountable. I’ve had 3 different journals so far of different types and I find that combination journals that note food and exercise at once is easiest. These are my recommendations:
I started with an (Aff) fitbook BLACK: fitness and nutrition journal
Then I had (Aff) Gym Diary – A pocket sized workout log book … (Red)
Then the (Aff) Workout Journal (Diary, Notebook, Fitness, Log)
Give a range of exercises a go, from strength moves and different interval to new types of training e.g. fartlek, hill training. Just make sure that you keep trying to work different parts of your body and get a well-rounded program.
Enroll at the gym, the local community center or start an informal class of your own with your friends and try new sports/classes – e.g yoga, netball, circuits, kickboxing, spin classes to name just a few. You’ll soon find something for you that will make you want to keep working.
Draw out a plan and have it up on the wall somewhere. I tend to plan 8-16 weeks of exercise depending on the goals I set and this helps me visualize what I want and where I want to go. Seeing big goals like “half-marathon” or 10K make me want to work hard to achieve them. Find out more about The Importance of Goal Setting.
When you are sitting keep your hands busy e.g. when you are watching TV. If you have a tendency to sit around during the day, get up and take walking breaks! Sitting could even be injuring you so make sure you are always doing something to keep your mind off food or your vices.
Finding someone who is going through the same thing or is willing to help you by being understanding but also push you is the best support you can get. Buddies keep you accountable, can console you when things go wrong or be there to celebrate successes!
Make sure there are short and long-term ones, such as: “Run 3 miles this week” to “Run a half marathon by September” Ensuring that they are measurable means you are able to track progress and know EXACTLY what you are working towards.
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