This blog will have my journey progress as well as fitness tips, nutrition tips, recipes and anything else fitness related. This blog is for everyone all shapes and for both men and women. If you have any questions for me or any suggestions as to what you would like to see on this blog, please don't hesitate to message me or submit a question. I have done hours of research, watched hundreds of videos, read many articles and even taken a few online courses. Now I share all of this knowledge with all of you so Enjoy!
A lot of people don’t exercise because they don’t know how to start. Well here I shall give you all a few important factors to get you well on your way!
Get rid of the junk food! This includes (but not limited to): regular and diet soda, cookies, chips, crackers, candy, white breads and pastas, fruit juice, sugary cereal, condiments like ketchup, mayo, ranch and other fattening/sugary dressings and marinades, fast food, frozen dinners and most packaged goods. Start making your own meals from wholesome lean proteins, veggies, fruit and healthy fats. Basically, eat as close to natural as possible! Me, personally, will admit that I eat “Smart ones” frozen meals. I do because I only work a minimum wage job and they are not all that terrible for you. But some still are so if you do as well, chose wisely!
Cut out the alcohol. It shuts down your metabolism, promotes fat storage and breaks down muscle tissue. It’s basically treated by the body as a toxin… If you’re serious about getting in shape, not drinking won’t be a problem.
Start exercising! The trick is to find something you enjoy so that you will actually DO IT. There are SO MANY options, some of which include: weight lifting, pilates, yoga, cross fit, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, powerlifting, olympic lifting, jogging, cycling, spin, zumba, interval training, jazzercise, jumping rope, dancing, running, hiking, mountain climbing, swimming… the list goes on!!
Develop patience and a positive attitude if you don’t already have them! You WILL have set-backs and losing weight/getting fit WILL take time. You will occasionally cheat on your diet, you will miss a workout, you will stumble, you will make mistakes… you’re human! Nothing worth having ever comes easily… if it WERE that easy, everyone would be in shape! Know that you are only a failure if you QUIT. So don’t quit! You will regret it in the long run!
Surround yourself with people who support you. There is nothing worse than having negative and/or jealous people around when you are trying to make a healthy, positive change to your life. There WILL be people you THOUGHT were your friends try to drag you back to your old, unhealthy ways. They might tease, taunt or grill you for your new habits. Some people can’t handle change. If you find that your healthy habits are being mocked or demeaned by those around you … ask yourself why your ‘friends’ would want you to go back to being unhealthy. Do they not understand the sudden change? If so, explain to them why you’re doing it… Or, are those friends just jealous? If so, CUT THEM OUT OF YOUR LIFE!
Plan ahead! If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Prepare your meals and workouts in advance. Always keep workout clothes, a water bottle and protein powder with a shaker cup in your car so you never have an excuse not to hit the gym. Always carry an apple, a serving of almonds in a ziploc baggy and a packet of tuna with you.. that way you never have an excuse to hit the vending machines or burger joint!
Set realistic goals and track your progress! Keep a journal log of your workouts, your food intake and your stats each week so you can track your progress easily! 1-2 pounds of weight loss per week is a reasonable and healthy goal (depending on your current weight). The scale is not always a good indication of your progress though! Numerous factors can affect the number that are unrelated to fat gain/loss. The mirror, pictures, the way your clothes fit and your measurements are better ways of tracking progress! I take progress pictures every 30 days to track progress. This helps keep me motivated because I can actually SEE the difference over a 30 day period rather then every day in the mirror.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I will answer any and all to the best of my abilities
You can do anything you set your mind to. Believe in yourself, don’t give up and you will get there.
Tips to prevent muscle soreness
When going through any exercise program, you will have some muscle soreness no matter what you do. But if you follow these tips you can keep your soreness to a minimum.
Start your program slowly. Don’t go too hard on Day 1 after you’ve had a layoff. Stop before you’re completely wiped out.
Warm up. Always take 5 to 10 minutes to warm up thoroughly.
Stretch afterward. Always stretch at the end of your workout—5 to 10 minutes spent stretching will do wonders for your recovery time.
Have a post-exercise snack. A snack that is 4 parts carbs to 1 part protein greatly speeds up your recovery.
Self-massage. Spend 5 minutes giving yourself a massage each night. A professional massage is better, of course, but not nearly as practical. Spend 5 minutes and you’ll sleep better and recover quicker.