I hear all the time from women, “I want to lose weight and get healthier, I just don’t know how to start” and it breaks my heart because that’s 99% of what’s holding them back from reaching their goals. This quote explains it best.
If you have a dream, you can spend a lifetime studying, planning, and getting ready for it. What you should be doing is getting started. – Drew Houston
And that’s the problem. We research, we learn, we plan and then we get overwhelmed and we quit. It’s a cycle I see A L L T H E T I M E. So here’s my 3 tips to just getting started.
1 – Take Small Steps. The number one reason women fail when they try something new is that they overhaul their entire life without really knowing what they’re doing and they get overwhelmed and quit. Or they haven’t eased into a sustainable lifestyle that they can actually maintain long-term and then life happens and they fall off. When I worked on creating my healthy lifestyle it took years. Yes, years, like a decade. So when I say take small steps, girlfriend, I mean it. The only way around this is to have a structured program where you have someone guiding you and have accountability and even that you’ll need to ease into it. But if you’re doing it all by yourself I suggest setting weekly mini goals and focusing on crushing those. Not only will the tiny wins give you momentum and confidence but you’ll create habits that’ll stick as you add on more. I’d start by moving more and drinking half your body weight in water first. Once you master that focus on tracking your food and then working towards cooking from scratch and hitting those macro goals. Then make an effort to work out x amount of days. It’s a journey, not a destination so keep that in mind.
2 – Start with Nutrition. Nutrition is the hardest to master but it has the biggest impact. Once you ease into a few healthy habits then you’re going to want to focus on those things that will get you the biggest results. The Pareto principle states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. So, in this case, you’re going to want to focus on the 20% of things that’ll get you 80% of the way there. Again, it’s about getting those wins so you stay motivated. And nutrition is one of those big impact things. Start first with tracking what you eat and then work on tweaking your nutrition to hit your macro goals. Cooking from scratch will also have a huge impact on the way you feel, energy, cravings, and body composition.
3 – Find Accountability. We’re not meant to grow alone so having a tribe or a supportive BFF will really help you when things get tough or life gets in the way. Join a facebook group if you can’t find a friend to hop on board with your lifestyle changes. Whatever it takes finding an accountability partner will not only make the journey more fun but they’ll keep you motivated when you don’t want to be because let’s be honest, we’re human!
Again, the bottom line is you want to just start, add in one habit at a time and keep going because if you stay consistent you will see results!
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You got this!