The journey towards health is not a one day event. It's not microwaveable, there are no quick fixes, there are no pills that will magically change you. Health is truly a journey and a day by day process. If you last, you will reach and even surpass your goals!! BUT you have to learn to enjoy the process.
Most of us have grown up in this microwave society where almost everything can be accessible in an instant. Unfortunately, health and all the benefits that come with it can't be thrown into the microwave category. You have to think of your health from an oven standpoint. Get baking LOL
Step 1- Find a RECIPE
Success in any area requires a plan. Make your plan for your health...or your recipe for your health. Commit to a workout and eating plan that will fit in your schedule, something you can actually do!!!! Remember, the idea is to create a plan that you can actually achieve, not something that you know is too much for you!!
Step 2- Follow the recipe!!!!!
Once you have a plan STICK TO IT!!!!! A good plan will include strength training, cardio and nutrition. These three things go hand in hand and will allow you to become strong and healthy from the inside out.
Step 3- Stop and smell :)
Whenever I'm baking something, I always love how you can smell a wonderful aroma about 10 minutes into the bake. It's that moment that gets you excited and is enough to keep you waiting patiently for what's to come. When you are in the middle of your journey, each day can be that reminder of what's coming!! Stop and take a moment to celebrate the little victories on the way. Maybe you really loved your lunch from your eating plan that day or you were able to add more weight to your leg press!!! Maybe you were able to fit into a pair of jeans that you weren't able to button up before or your friend noticed a glow about you. Find those moments to stop and celebrate your victories each day. Write them down and read over them when you need a pick me up...then keep going towards your goals.
Step 4- Mix up the ingredients once in a while :)
Once your workouts become easier for you do to, add in a new routine! Research a new exercise or go to a new cardio class! You can also get creative with your eating! There are SO MANY great resources online where you can find new healthy recipes to add to your mix.
Step 5- DON'T GET BURNED
I guess I could say don't get burned OUT. Remember, you should be enjoying the process. Now, I'm not saying that everyday will be roses LOL You will be sore (that's a good thing), you will be challenged (another good thing) and you will face moments of inconvenience. All the previous are things that we deal with when we are making changes in our bodies, and YES you must learn to deal with those :) Remember, anything that's worth it takes some WORK. When I talk about burn out, I am not talking about the things I just mentioned. I am talking about not knowing when to take a rest. Learn to listen to your body and if you need a rest day, TAKE ONE. Over training is serious and can lead to injury, frustration and bitterness towards your process. So take your breaks when needed.
Step 6- SHARE!
As you reach your goals, share your success with friends and family!! Let your story become motivation for others who are on their own journey. Every one's journey is different but success is always a motivator :)
I hope this inspires you to continue on towards your goals!! Remember, day by day, moment by moment, you will get there! Love your process...