In my previous post Diet is A Dirty Word – we learnt that dieting, especially ‘fad’ diets is a quick fix for weight loss but certainly not sustainable as a lifestyle choice. Remember that I also said you need to remove the ‘D’ word from your vocabulary and replace it with the daily mantra ‘I will lead a fit and healthy lifestyle’ .
Okay no more excuses!
Let’s start focusing on the positive, exciting energy I hope you are now feeling as you embark on a healthier and fitter lifestyle for life!
This post will cover the first 5 steps of the 10 Steps to a New Improved You Plan.
Steps 1 – 5
1. Look in the mirror
Take a long hard and yes critical look at yourself. Do you like what you see? If not, who would you like to see? Imagine in your mind’s eye how you want to be and work towards that.
Do you want to be healthier, fitter and happier in your life? If you do, it won’t be easy to undo years of living life the way you have. You will need to re-programme yourself and be open to new ideas and thinking.
Your goal needs to be achievable. If you are setting a goal to lose weight it is pointless setting an unrealistic goal such as losing 20kg in a month. You should aim for 1/2 – 1kg per week for a steady, maintainable weight loss. It is the same with exercise – you can’t run a marathon with no training! Baby steps.
3. Get Organized
Anything worthwhile achieving needs to be planned for, so you need to get organized! Don’t say I’m starting my new lifestyle today while you still have crisps, soda and other ‘unhealthy food’ in your cupboard.
[bctt tweet=”Half hearted attempts won’t cut it! Be determined and be organized.”]
You need to take a holistic approach so you will need the following;-
This will be one of the most important tools you will use. In the diary you will record your journey and you will be able to monitor your progress, during your scheduled weekly check-in. Use the diary to record your measurements and weight. You will also need to record everything you eat, especially in the beginning and also record your daily exercise and what it was. There will be the temptation to ‘cheat’ and not record everything, however you are only hurting yourself if you do this.
A tape measure
A set of scales
I’m not actually a fan of weighing myself as I think you can get demoralized if the scale hasn’t moved or gone the wrong way. Just remember that fluid content plays a big part and make sure you weigh yourself ONLY ONCE PER WEEK on the SAME DAY. If you don’t want to use scales, select an outfit and try it on each week on your scheduled check in day.
Replace processed foods with fresh produce
Clean out your pantry of all processed foods and replace them with as much fresh produce as possible. Fresh is best and try not to overcook your vegetables as they lose their nutritional value. Raw is best or lightly steamed.
If you need inspiration for healthy food options the internet or other social media has thousands of healthy recipe ideas. The Dieticians Association of Australia has some good information on Smart Eating for You.
Plan and prepare your menu in advance to keep you on track. This is especially important if you are working. If you can prepare your lunches for the week you are less likely to buy fast food. Set aside some time on Sunday to prepare. It will not only save you time but money and of course calories.
4. DAY 1 ‘Before’ Photo, Weigh In & Measurements
Select the day of the week that will be your ‘Check-In’ day. This is when you will review your progress and weigh-in.
Take a ‘before’ photo of yourself on day 1 and pin this to your refrigerator door. This will keep reminding you of where you were and where you want to be.
Weigh yourself and record your weight in your diary. If you don’t want to weigh yourself, try on the chosen outfit and see how it feels.
Measure your chest, waist and hips and record these in your diary.
5. Make a Mood Board
I have a mood board for all of my goals and I love looking at it as it reinforces my determination to achieve my goal.
Buy a board that you can pin photos of clothes you would like to wear in the future, new makeup, hairstyles, inspirational quotes – anything that you feel will help to keep you motivated and inspired. It might even include a photo of a ‘fun run/walk’ you want to enter when your fitness improves.
Set the board up in your bedroom so it is the first and last thing you see each day.
Okay you have made the commitment and organized yourself – Congratulations! Now you have to make the Changes to your lifestyle.
In my next post we will start on an Eating and Exercise plan to help you achieve your goal. You can also read my previous post on 6 Steps to Starting an Exercise Plan to give you a few ideas.
Do you feel motivated to start! I hope so because as they saying goes:
[bctt tweet=”If it’s meant to be – it’s up to me!”]