It’s that time of the year when everyone wants to get fit, like, yesterday. They come down from their sugary stupor that has been lingering ever since New Year’s Eve celebrations, Easter shenanigans, birthday parties… and then it’s summer already, so decide it’s time to lose weight. It’s May and people who are going through this process might be afraid they’re way too late to get in shape. Well. If you’re following me right from the beginning, you’ll know that I don’t think there’s a date by which you have to start your fitness transformation… OR ELSE. There is time for everything, no matter the date.
So, today we won’t be focusing on people’s goals but their reasons to get fit and how to start their transformation. Do you wonder what’s wrong with the picture below? Then continue reading. 😉
I’ve written this post in collaboration with Tamara from Cherry Colors so go to check out her post, too!
How to Start Your Fitness Transformation
It seems to me that most people start exercising because they feel bad about their bodies. I can empathise with that because I was in this spot for quite a while after I stopped practising cheerleading, and turned into a couch potato. Hell, I went through the whole cycle of getting fit and then turning into a couch potato all over again.
People see something they don’t like about themselves, and after a period of over-analysing the situation, they decide to either stay like that or do something about it. I’m one of them. I’m right on the verge of a transformation so here’s a post with my advice on how to tackle this part of the journey.
#1 Get into the right mindset
This is probably the hardest thing to master. The one thing you should NEVER do is to disparage yourself or your abilities. No matter how difficult things seem to be, you can improve yourself, even if it requires baby steps.
A useful way for this is to repeat, out loud, the phrase “I can do this”. Hearing yourself say positive things will make you more positive in general. Also, look at it from a different perspective: you’re not trying to lose those kilos but you’re working towards making yourself stronger or hardy. Keep in mind it’s not all about the looks and looking “hot”, what matters most is feeling well in your own skin.
*If you have body image problems, please do seek professional medical help before going head-first into any sort of dieting or rigorous body exercise.
#2 Motivate yourself
Find out exactly why you want to transform yourself and work from there. Is it because you don’t like the way you look or the way you feel? Is it because others keep saying you would look better if you lost a couple of kilograms? Nothing’s inherently wrong with extrinsic motivation because motivation from the outside can encourage you to engage in a more constructive behaviour but you also need to find a form of exercise or diet that you personally find enjoyable and useful – not because it’ll lead to an external reward (other people praising you or liking you more).
They say that the most difficult part of this journey is the very beginning. Once you get over this obstacle and manage to keep up, you will probably find it all easier. Speaking for myself, once I get back to dieting and exercising regularly, I’ll be more motivated to stay active and healthy. It’ll become my way of life because I’ll be motivated.
#3 Make a plan and stick to it
Once you’ve decided that this is it and that something has to be changed, devise a plan that you’ll stick to. Start your transformation with things that can be easily accomplished (but not too easily 🙂 ), so you’ll have a better chance to follow through. For example, don’t plan 4 workout sessions per week if you can only do 2 or 3. If you discover you have more free time you can spend working out – great! If you don’t – that’s good, too. Just make sure you do your best, according to your plan.
That goes for dieting, too – if your diet includes one cheat meal/day per week, stick to that! Find a nutritionist or a dietician who will help you with meal planning. Keep in mind that having a plan will help you stay on track and eat less “bad” food in general.
Now you’re ready to start your fitness transformation! Did you find out what’s wrong with the first picture in this post? It’s not about being “hot”, it’s about feeling well in your own skin and working towards a better version of you, even if this version doesn’t comply with current beauty standards.
I hope you liked this post and, please, let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. I’ll be posting more fitness/food-related content in the future, so stay tuned! 🙂