Hello There My Little Muffins,
So, there are a lot of weight loss blogs out here in Bloggy Land. My favorite is Bitch Cakes at http://msbitchcakes.blogspot.com/
She doesn't have over a thousand followers for nothing. I am willing to bet that over half of my readers already follow her blog.
Anyway, we all have our own little methods for how to get into better shape. We all do it differently, and what works for some doesn't work for others. Different strokes for different folks, if you will.
Anywho, I will offer up ten of my strokes. Enjoy ! And please do share some helpful tidbits in the comment section. Would love to hear from you !
1.) The best thing I've ever heard was "You can do anything for 10 seconds." So while you're running, sprint for ten seconds and then go back to running. If you're doing pushups, go hard and fast for 10 seconds. It's better than just working out at the same pace and letting your body get used to the same pace.
2.)Invest in good running shoes or good walking shoes for that matter. Your feet and back will thank you for it.
3.)Find an activity you like doing. If you don't know what you like exactly, then invest some time to figure out what that is. Don't go to the gym and do exercises you don't like. Some people like to run, others like weight lifting. If you like an activity, do it. I love bellydance. I've stuck with that for 8 years. You may have to try out a lot of different activities. But once you find that one you like, stick with it.
4.) Staying in shape or losing weight is not a short term change. If you don't make it a life style change and think long term, you will not be successful in the long run, because as soon as you reach your goal, you will stop and gain it all back. I can't see myself journaling for the rest of my life because I know I would forget and leave things out, so I don't do it.
5.) Know what you are willing to part with, and what you are not willing to give up, and live your life accordingly. You can't eat it all, so sacrifice some, but not all.
Things I don't consume:
- Soda (Never liked it anyway)
- Butter (I only eat a little at restaurants, I don't buy it)
- Alcohol (I maybe have on average 5 drinks a year)
- White bread
- I rarely eat fried food.
- Salad dressings, sour cream
Things I refuse to part with (so sue me)
- Cake, cupcakes, cookies
- Wheat bread
- Whipped Cream
6.) Push yourself. There is a difference between pushing past the discomfort and feeling better and pushing yourself to where you hurt yourself. Don't hurt yourself. Know the difference and push yourself accordingly. If you don't know, then learn. Hire a personal trainer, and make sure he/she is qualified to help you. Or talk to your doctor.
7.) Don't ever tell yourself you can't do it even if you really can't. Tell yourself you CAN do it and keep trying. You won't get there overnight, but sometimes you really gotta fake it to make it.
8.) I don't buy junk food and keep it in the house from the supermarket. In fact when I go grocery shopping, I just buy healthy food so there is no temptation in the house. This is the best advice for me out of the bunch, otherwise I would be one fat cow.
It's not that I don't eat junk food, it's just that I do most of the damage outside of the house, and I don't like to spend money on junk food. I usually get it free at work anyway.
9.) Don't get discouraged. I've been working out a lot more, and it took a month for the scale to even budge. I don't know why, but that's not the point. The point is, I accepted that I wasn't getting what I wanted and I still got my ass into the gym and still sweated it out. I am hitting some major plateaus early, but at least I am sticking to working out so I can feel better at the very least. That is why you should find an activity you like. So when you aren't seeing any immediate improvements, going back and working out isn't so awful when you are feeling down. At least you are doing something you like.
10.) Know why you're getting into shape. It's okay to do it for whatever reason. Don't say it's for you or to be healthy when you really just want to look hotter or attract the opposite sex, or same sex if you are into that. Don't let people tell you that you should only be doing it for you or your health. That is the most politically correct bullshit answer ever, unless you actually truly mean it, and I can't see most people meaning it. Yeah, of course I want to be healthy, but I don't get up and bust my ass and wanting to scream like a little girl so my heart has an easier time beating. I wasn't dying in the first place. Also, yeah, it would be nice to be healthy when I am old and my tits are sagging in my shoes, but that isn't for a while anyway. Thinking about that is a little depressing anyway. I am doing this because I want to look better. As they say, nothing tastes as good as thin feels.
Do it for whatever reason, but just get out there and do it. And then as you start to feel better, you may actually end up doing it for you. But at the very least you will be healthier and feeling better about yourself.
11.) BONUS* Stop with the excuses. Sometimes we don't want to work out, but at least admit it to yourself and stop with the excuses. Do you want to look and feel better or not ? How much is it worth to you ?
In school it was harder for me, especially with my job after. But I somehow found a couple of hours to watch tv. I could have used that time to work out. I just chose not to.
Parents. I am not a parent, but I know a lot of single parents that bust their asses raising their children AND staying in shape. Surely if they can, anyone can. Sometimes people tell me an excuse like that, knowing I don't have kids so I can't really say anything back, at least not out loud.
People with disabilities. Work with what does work for you. You may not be able to do it all, but you can do something, so do that something. Unless you are completely bedridden, you can do something.
So that is all for now my sugary, carbohydrate laden treats.