If you follow me on instagram or read my blogposts frequently you would know that I’ve been on a journey to lose weight since October 2016.
I can proudly say that I’ve lost 12 kg (26lbs) since I started. I did alot of research online, read alot of articles, blogposts etc.. to understand more about nutrition and what my body needs to get the results I want. I hired a personal trainer and got to work!
This journey is not a diet for me, it’s a lifestyle. Something I want to maintain for the rest of my life. I want to keep challenging myself to be the best version of me every single day.
It’s not easy, sometimes I don’t feel motivated and I just want to stuff my face with junk food but I don’t. I have to keep going to reach my goal. Here’s how I find the strength and courage to keep on going.
Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going
Fitness on social media
Follow fitness related instagram accounts, youtube channels, snapchat accounts and blogs. They’re usually the inspiration behind my next workout routine. Here are some of my favorites:
- I’m Rock Sold Fitness – Instagram – website
- Lyzabeth Lopez – Instagram – Youtube – website
- Massy Arias – Instagram – website
- Victoria Loza – Instagram
- Afro Girl Fitness – Instagram – website
- Strength Magazine – Instagram
You can workout at home too
Get you a few little weights, resistance bands, a yoga mat, put on a workout video on youtube and you’re good to go!
Prep your meals
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had something bad to eat because I didn’t prep my meal or snack on time. I usually cook everyday for the next day or two. Here’s how I find some inspiration:
- Chubby In Shape – Instagram
- Fit Healthy Recipe – Instagram
- Healthy Minute Meals – Instagram
- Fit Fun Daniya – Instagram
Cheat meal or cheat day?
Yes. I am talking about this because it is a part of this journey. Everybody deserves a treat every once in a while. It can be a chocolate chip cookie for some or a serving of fries for someone else. To prevent myself from binge-eating unhealthy foods (yes this can happen when you deprive yourself from something for a very long time), I treat myself to one cheat meal a month. It depends on how I’m feeling. I can go even two months without cheating. What I suggest you to do is not to have a cheat day. It will be harder to get back into your healthy habits. One cheat day, turns into to which then turns into three cheat days. Just stick to one meal. Trust me, been there, done that (blame it on the vacations I go on).
Take your own before and after pictures
Make a collage of your before and after pictures, write down the date of the day you took them. Take a look at these whenever you feel like giving up. This will really motivate you and give you the strength to keep going. No matter how long it takes and how slow it goes, just remember that it’s a journey, not a race.
Set a regular workout time
Set a schedule for the times and days you’re going to workout. Write down your excercises for the day or week. This way you’ll create a routine which is easier to stick to.
Keep it fun
Nobody likes to do the same things over and over again. You can always try a class at the gym, get some inspiration on instagram for new excercises or workout outdoors with a friend.
Get a personal trainer (optional)
I always love to have somebody in my corner who pushes me to be the best version of me and is willing to help me reach my goal. Why not get a professional to do so? I’ve been working with my PT for a few months now and I absolutely love it.
Fit is not a destination, it’s a way of life
I hope you can incorporate some of these tips into your weightloss or health journey. Stay tuned for more. I’ll be sharing my favorite meals, snacks etc soon.