Whether you want to lose the last few pounds or you’re just beginning your fitness journey, now is the time to start.
There’s always a lot of talk about New Year’s resolutions, I’m the kind of person that believes you can start on your goals whenever you please. Ten days ago I started a six week challenge to be healthier and lose the last few pounds. I’ve decided that this is the time for me to get in shape and create new healthier habits. This isn’t a post where someone is trying to sell you on a membership, product or workout plan, I’m simply going to tell you what is working for me. All of the products I use can be purchased on Amazon without a membership or monthly fee. So here we go.
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I’ve always been an active and fit person but with all three of my girls I gained way too much weight. I started each pregnancy around 120 lbs and ballooned up to 172 lbs. I’m totally ok with my pregnancy weight gain though. I know some people can stay in really good shape during pregnancy but I’m not one of those people. I tried working out but found it uncomfortable.
Let’s fast forward to the present. My youngest daughter is two and a half years old. That means I’ve spent the last two and a half years spinning my wheels and not making progress. I’ve started and stopped more workout plans and diets than I can count.
Here are a few mistakes I’ve made in my fitness journey.
Not being consistent
Not changing my diet or changing it too drastically
Watching the scale
Expecting immediate results
Does this sound like you?
Except for a 9 month period of time when my husband was on a deployment, I’ve always been hit or miss with my workouts. I would workout a few days a week for two weeks and then quit. I also tried tons of workout plans including Beachbody but didn’t like them. All of the starting and stopping was not only slowing my progress but also discouraging me because I never saw results.
Another big mistake was committing to a strict diet. I love chocolate! When I would commit to a strict diet I would fail because there was no wiggle room. I felt like I was depriving myself.
Watching the scale was another huge mistake. When you’re working out and lifting weights you’re not necessarily going to lose tons of weight because muscle weighs more than fat.
I’m a very impatient person sometimes and want instant results. I expect to do a workout, look in the mirror the next day and see a six pack. That’s not going to happen.
Here’s what I’m doing different this time.
I’ve created my own plan that works for me. I have some dvds that I really enjoy, which makes it easier to get off the couch. Three days a week I go to the Crossfit gym but my membership will be up soon so I’ll be doing my HIIT workouts at home. I also try to get 10,000 steps a day. Some days I have to walk laps around my house to get to my goal but I get it done. I recently switched from my Apple Watch to the Fitbit Iconic and love it. It tracks my steps and workouts and still works like a smartwatch. I’m able to choose which kind of workout I’m doing and keep track of my water and food intake. When the kids get to crabby while I’m working out I let them join in. My two year old loves walking in circles around the house with me. It’s a super easy way to get some extra steps in.
My diet plan consists of cutting out most junk food. It’s that simple! I’ve replaced my candy bar at night with a Flip yogurt or something else healthy. I try not to eat fast-food and if I do I try to control my portions. I’m using common sense when making food choices instead of sticking to something so strict that it makes me miserable. I’ve learned that it’s about creating new healthier habits that I can keep up longer than a six week challenge. I drink a shake either after a tough workout or for lunch. If I drink the shake for lunch I add in some spinach and fruit. It seriously taste so good. My favorite shake has pb, banana, spinach, ice, water and protein powder. I use this protein shake and love it, it’s not grainy and nasty tasting. I’ve also increased my water intake. I keep my water bottle around at all times and try to drink four bottles per day.
I don’t watch the scale anymore. I’d like to get to my pre pregnancy weight again but I keep track of my progress using measurements and body fat percentage. A simple tape measure will do the trick. I started a bullet journal to track my progress too.
I’ve learned that when it comes to getting in shape I have to be patient. It’s a journey as well as a lifestyle change and if I stick with it I’ll get in shape again.
Choosing a workout plan and diet that works for me has been the most important part. I’m ten days into my challenge and have already lost 1.75 inches from my waist!
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