7 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Fitness Journey
Sep 10, 2018
What are some things that come to mind when you think about your own personal fitness journey? You may have feelings of success, accomplishment, and self-love. You may also feel frustrated, overwhelmed, stuck, embarrassed, and ready to give up!
Well I want you to know that you’re not alone! I wrote this article to share a little more about my story and the 7 things I wish I knew when I started so your health and fitness journey can be more exciting, enjoyable, and effective no matter what stage you are currently in.
My Personal Health and Fitness Journey!
At the very beginning I had no idea what I was doing and did absolutely everything wrong. Let me tell you, this was frustrating. I can’t tell you how many times I quit because I wasn’t seeing results. When I look back it makes sense because like I said I was doing everything wrong. I mean EVERYTHING!
Then I finally got some help and learned how to workout and follow a super extreme bodybuilding diet. I definitely learned a lot and completely changed how my body looked. But…after the competitions, I was miserable!
I began to realize that I wasn’t actually being healthy and I wasn’t happy. Yeah I looked like I was in great shape but I was putting my body through an insane amount of stress and abuse by doing this. This caused lots of other issues in my body that I’m still dealing with today.
After counting every calorie and macro that I put in my mouth for so long, I hit a breaking point!
Fast forward to now…I may not be quite as lean as I once was but I am incredibly happy and taking steps toward making my body healthier (on the inside and out) every single day!
So please…take my advice and implement these 7 simple things that I wish I knew when I started my fitness journey!
7 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Fitness Journey!
These are all simple things that you can start doing RIGHT NOW!
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1. Don’t let your workouts consume hours of your day!
This was a huge discovery for me! I spent so many hours in the gym and even going twice a day sometimes! I did this for so long that I thought this was the only way I was going to see results.
Thankfully that is so not true! If you block off just 30-45 minutes a day, you can get an incredibly effective workout! And the short and intense workouts helps you to stay consistent.
How long do you really think you’re going to stick to a workout program that requires hours of your precious time every day?
The answer is...not very long!
And here’s another news flash for ya! You can burn just as many calories and fat with a 30 minute workout as you can with a 2 hour steady state cardio workout.
This is what I teach all of my clients and they absolutely love their quick and effective workouts!
2. The quality of your food matters!
This has been another big mindset shift for me in the last couple of years. Back in my competition days, I was given a diet to follow and that’s all I ate. This diet helped me to “look good” but I wasn’t actually being healthy and fueling my body with the nutrients it needs.
So even though I was hitting my macros, a lot of the things I ate were pumped full of hormones, covered with pesticides, and destroying my gut and skin.
You could say that my diet was “healthy” if you looked at the quantity of fat, protein, and carbs I was consuming (macros). But the quality of the food was…not so good!
So since then I have learned to pump my body with foods that are filled with vitamins and minerals. Lots of organic veggies, superfoods, and hormone-free lean meats.
So the bottom line is…
The food you are eating may help you to be fit or in good shape, but that doesn’t always mean it is healthy or good quality!
This is one of the first I teach my ladies in my Holistic Body & Life Transformation Coaching because it is absolutely crucial to reaching your goals and having long term success in your healthy lifestyle!
So if you're sick and tired of dieting and want to learn what food is actually healthy then I encourage you to click the link and answer a few quick questions to see if I am the right coach for you!
3. You can’t outwork bad eating habits!
While we’re on the topic of healthy eating habits, this is something I pound into the head of every one of my clients from the very beginning!
You can workout as hard and as long as you want but unless you pair your efforts with healthy eating habits, you have a long road ahead my friend!
Here are a few quick diet tips you can start using today…
- Choose quality food like I mentioned in #2.
- Portion your meals according to your goals.
- Eat healthy meals/snacks every 3 to 4 hours.
You don’t have to get fancy or extreme but implementing these few quick tips will take your results to a whole new level!
Your health and fitness journey needs to consist of an easy to follow workout program paired with a healthy whole foods diet!
4. Cardio exercise alone is not the most effective way to burn fat!
It is a very common misconception that spending long periods of time on the treadmill or elliptical is the best way to burn fat or lose weight. Of course, these methods of cardio can be effective, but they take lots of time and plateaus are very common. There are better ways of doing it.
Adding different types of workouts like HIIT, muscle building exercises, and full body compound exercises are much more effective when you are trying to burn fat.
Exercise that promotes muscle growth is extremely important because muscle helps to burn fat believe it or not! And no this does mean getting all big and bulky! But building a little bit of muscle is going to help you reach your goals much faster.
You will also notice your body tightening up and a little definition showing through!
5. Switch things up to keep your fitness journey exciting!
This goes for all parts of your health and fitness journey. Make changes frequently so you don’t get bored or tired of eating the same things or doing the same workouts all the time.
Because guess what happens when you eat the same bland meals every day and do the same boring treadmill workout every day...you’ll get sick of the same old thing and quit.
You need to mix things up and keep it interesting!
As far as healthy eating goes, I suggest finding a handful of ingredients and meals that you really enjoy.
It is also important to do this with your workouts as well. Throw in some HIIT movements, weight lifting, and different workout structures for example!
This will prevent the boredom from setting in and it is also great to keep your body guessing what is coming next which helps to keep the results coming!
6. Track your progress correctly!
Having a way to track your progress is so incredibly important. And please don’t rely solely on the scale! This can really mess with your head.
The main reason is because muscle weights more than fat. So as your body starts to change and you are building muscle and burning fat, the number on the scale may not go down as much as you think it should.
Checking the scale occasionally is fine but there are two other things you need to be doing if you want to be consistent and see results!
- Get yourself a measuring tape to keep track of your body measurements and make sure you write them down! Document leg, arm, chest, waist, and hip measurements and compare the results every 1-2 weeks.
- TAKE PROGRESS PICS! These pictures are going to help you see all the little changes in your body that you don’t see on a daily basis when you look in the mirror.
Both of these things are great motivation to keep you going when things get tough!
7. Have an easy to follow game plan!
What’s that famous quote…fail to prepare and be prepared to fail? Something like that. Anyway...the bottom line is you need to be prepared if you want to reach your goals. The best way to do that is to have a plan or program to follow so you’re not always guessing what to do next.
Believe me, I know how frustrating this can be because I’ve been there. I just jumped around and tried different things and thought it would all magically work somehow. Well it didn’t!
It is such a game changer to actually have something written down that tells you exactly what to do every day in order to see results.
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Bye for now friends!
***This page contains links to products that I am able to make a commission from. I only link to products that I personally use and enjoy or have researched. It is important to listen to your body when working out. If something is uncomfortable or difficult, use modifications that suit your needs. I am NOT a certified personal trainer or nutritionist. The content of this website is not written by a health care professional and is based solely on my own knowledge, research, and personal experience. I will not be held liable for any problems, injuries, or illnesses that might occur due to a change in your eating and fitness habits. Those who do not seek council from the appropriate health care professional assume the liability of any injury that may occur. Nothing on this website will replace the professional advice of your own private doctor. You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting any fitness program to determine if it is right for you. If you experience any pain or difficulty when exercising, stop and consult your health care provider.***
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