Some call me crazy…
To some getting up at 6:30 am every morning to hit the gym, may seem crazy. To me its crazy that people are so lazy that they would rather sit on their ass all day, than get up and be active.
All my life I have been an active person, I was highly involved in sports all throughout my life. I was a gymnast, played basketball, was on the swim team, was a runner, danced, and played soccer just to name a few.
I started going to the gym when I was 15 years old, but ever since last summer I have totally changed my life. I started taking the gym, and lifting weights more seriously. I became very strict on eating healthy, and loving every minute of it. I started looking at food as a fuel for my body instead of some kind of reward, or indulgence.
Although, I am relatively new to this whole healthy lifestyle compared to some I have become very familiar with the things that have made me successful so far in my journey to a healthier me.
1. Meal Prep
The first step to success is meal prepping. Failing to plan is planning to fail. If you have meals prepared you are more likely to stay on track, and less likely to end up buying take out because you have ‘nothing to eat’. Sound familiar?
Hint: Just remember eating healthy does not mean that food has to be boring. Trust me there are several ways to enjoy your favourite foods such as pizza, pasta, fries, and chicken nuggets, that can be created in a healthier alternative way. Google can always help with these alternative recipes ideas.
Consistency is key. Having a regular bedtime and wake schedule, exercising regularly and for roughly the same amount of time, eating every 2-3 hours, and maintaining a clean eating ‘diet’ of whole foods can do wonder to your body. Just remember these things take time, it did not take one day to become the person you are now, which means it will not take one day to become the person you want to be. Be consistent and you will see results.
3. Surround Yourself with Positive Influences
Sometimes finding motivation to hit the gym, and eating right is a very difficult task. Surrounding yourself with people that are positive, and share the similar goals and interests as you, will make staying motivated easier. Having a gym partner, allows you to motivate each other. Being around people who are just as dedicated, and motivated as you are, will reduce your chances of others trying to influence you to make unhealthy lifestyle choices, whether that be drinking, smoking, or eating junk.
4. Track Progress
In order to continue to keep moving forward and avoid hitting a plateau, its important to always keep changing things up. Its essential to not only always change up your workout routine, but also your meals, and the goals you are working towards. Once you achieve one goal, you should make another, always have something to work towards to make a better you. Change up your meals so eating healthy continues to be enjoyable. Change up your workout regimes so that you never end up dreading the gym. A good way to track your progress is taking progress pictures so you can physically see the change over time. It also helps to keep a journal where you can track your workouts, meals, and your feelings. This will ensure that you can continue to move forward in your fitness, but also writing down what you eat and how you are feeling helps with emotional eating.
5. Have Fun
Never let this kind of lifestyle consume your mind. If this happens, it becomes less enjoyable. Allow yourself a cheat meal once a week, and make sure you enjoy it. Believe it or not, this will help you stay on track. Also base your success on your level of happiness, how well your clothes fit, and how you feel mentally and physically. Whatever you do, do not base your success on the numbers on a scale. The scale does not take into consideration lean muscle mass, how hydrate you are, what you have eaten that day etc etc. Becoming obsessed with the scale will suck the fun out of living a health lifestyle.
Just remember that everyone is different, and what works for one person may not work for you. It is all about trial and error. Most importantly, remember that whatever others think or say about you, it doesn’t matter. Do what makes you happy, and be the best version of you that you can be.
Happy lifting 🙂