If you follow me on Instagram I spoke about how things have been a little bumpy in the past year, and due to that I’ve let my fitness and physical appearance slip just a little. I might add, I am still more than comfortable in my skin and I do not place my happiness on having abs. Making these changes is coming from a place of acceptance and love, not hate or self-loathing. Before you consider making any changes, just have a think and ensure it’s coming from the correct place.
I will be sharing my journey with you, but wanted to start off by giving you the starting blocks. It might be hard to get going, but if you’re serious about making some changes in your life let’s give this some welly and embrace the journey! I have put together a post on the top considerations you should be aware off, which will help make the process a lot easier. If ever you’ve got any questions, just give me a shout and I will be more than happy to help you.
Increase your vegetable consumption
I wrote an Instagram post last week, which discussed the point that just one in every four adults would eat their five a day. First step I urge you to take is lowering the amount of processed foods, and up the greens. Take a look at your plate at each meal, and make a note of how many colours you can see. This is a really simple way to encourage and remind you to add more plants, and colour to your diet.
Do you know how much you’re eating?
To loose fat, we need to put our body into a deficit. Meaning you’re eating less food then the energy you are burning, which will then lead to weight loss. How can you do this if you don’t know what you’re eating now?When a client speaks to me about loosing fat, and leaning down. The first step I usually ask them to take, is to track what they’re eating for one week. This doesn’t mean you have to spend the rest of your years weighing foods, and tracking calories. However, it does give you a good understanding of how much you’re consuming each day. I like to use an app called ‘My Fitness Pal‘ but you could just as easily write it down in a food journal.
The old quote ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’, whilst it’s cheesy is in fact very true. The worst time to go shopping for lunch or dinner, is when you’re hungry. I speak for myself, I will quite literally eat what’s in front of me. And the likelihood of you consuming more when you’re hungry, is very likely. In saying this, you don’t have to be stuck in the kitchen all weekend. It has never been so easy to prepare your food, you have hundreds of options of companies who can prepare and deliver your full day of food. However, this does come with a price tag so let’s talk preparation at home. I like to make my meals the night before, which includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. This takes 15-20 minutes, which really isn’t that long in the scheme of things.
Let’s talk dinner, the meal that usually catches us all out. I like to choose what I’m eating for the week on Sunday, this way I know what food to buy in the shopping and also stops me flapping each night. Where to look? The world is brimming full of recipes, but to keep it simple. Why not buy yourself a cookbook, and work your way through that. Then you can choose your favourite ones to keep before finding another resource!
Is your environment set up to make you fail?
This is something you might never think about, but it’s such an important topic to consider. I don’t know about you, but I’m an eater. But, I find it a lot easier to stick to my guns if I don’t walk into the kitchen to the sides brimming with treats for me to tuck into. There’s the option to not buy sugary foods, until you want to treat yourself and then just buy enough for what you’re eating. But if you do have these foods in the house, ensure they’re out of sight in the drawer or cupboard. Our brains are more likely to crave a food if we see it, so make sure your environment is set up for success (go hide those ginger nuts before I eat them)!
You don’t have to do this alone
I’m really competitive, if you’re on the treadmill next to me, you better believe we’re racing! So a sure way to keep the motivation alive is to team up with others who are trying to make changes too, you can motivate each other along the way and makes the whole process a whole lot more fun. If you don’t want to talk to your friends or family, come along and join my Facebook group. It’s a community of people who want to help and support each other, there’s no judgement and might be just what you need to keep you motivated.
Keep yourself active
What does your current day’s activity look like? If you spend most time sitting down, make sure you take the stairs when possible, get out for a lunch time walk and try to avoid long periods of inactivity. Walking burns a surprising amount of calories, so don’t be a stranger to getting off the tube a stop early and walking the rest of the way.
If you’re already a gym goer, don’t think you have to change your workout pattern and adopt daily HIIT training. Think of exercise as a way of getting strong and fit, not as a means of burning off your dinner. Try to train 3-4 days per week, and don’t be a stranger to mixing it up. If you’re unsure of ideas, get yourself onto Instagram and take a look at my weekly workouts. Don’t be a stranger, if there’s something you’d like me to film just hola!
It’s tough, but you’ve totally got this!
I won’t sugar coat this ladies, dropping fat is bloody hard work. The first week there’s a high chance you’ll feel pretty hungry, and days where you might want to give up. But, you started this with the right intentions so don’t give up.
I really hope this has help to inspire you, I know how difficult it can be to motivate yourself to make the first step. But once you’ve made that turning point, I promise you you’ll be so glad you did. Don’t forget, we’re in this together. You’re my inspiration, and continue to inspire me each and every day. This is my way of giving back, and hopefully we can motivate one another to keep going on the days we want to snuggle on the sofa and eat cake (that’s every day, don’t deny it).