A number of women have complimented me by saying, "I want to have a nice waist and flat stomach like you,” and “You have great, strong arms!"
The question that followed always is: “How did you do it?”
3) “I eat right.”
But that sounds way too simple—there is so much more than that!
Today I share 10 tips to get started!
Writing things down helps you keep track of thoughts, ideas, goals, progress, challenges, setbacks, and successes. It also keeps you accountable to yourself.
When something goes wrong as it always happens in life, you will complain, but don’t do it too much. When you tell yourself awful things your body hears all the negative self talk and you harm yourself. So write it down in your journal, deal with it, learn from it, get over it and move on. Research has shown that writing in a journal helps people achieve their health and fitness goals!
|You can't just set goal and hope it will happen on it's own. You have to do the work to reach them! Follow your plan and take it day by day. |
Check out these sites to help you set S.M.A.R.T. goals:
At first you will find that there are tons of philosophies out there about everything! Still, read, read, and read. Take lost of notes, write in your journal. Then, pick and choose what you think could work for your body; apply them and see how you feel. Soon you’ll figure out which ones would work the best for you.
6) Get extra inspired and motivated. As you research you’ll read about success stories and see amazing body transformations you'll automatically feel inspired and motivated! Check out the sites I mentioned above, watch videos on You Tube, read personal fitness blogs and seek out real people. Most people who are already living a fit and healthy lifestyle are happy to reach out and answer your questions, don’t be afraid to smile and ask away!
|This was me before I started my journey in January 2007:)|
|Right after stepping on stage at my 3rd bikini/fitness competition, May 2012|
7) Plan ahead and prioritize. To reach any goal one must always plan ahead and prioritize. A calendar (paper or electronic) will help you see plan your week and schedule your workout days and times. The key for me was waking up at the same time M-F and working out within 1 hour of eating my first meal, and then I was fueled and ready to hit the weights before I started my day-to-day responsibilities. You can get workout routines at Bodybuilding.com.
8) Eat right, sleep well, and stay hydrated. Nutrition is 85% of health and fitness success. I live by this philosophy: You can be at the gym all the day and bust your butt, but without proper nutrition you will never see results.
Sleep for at least 7 hours of sleep. Deep sleep is best
|Earlier this year I heard Robert Cheeke give a vegan bodybuilding talk where he said “Before you reach out an eat anything, ask yourself, what will this do for me?” When eating think of QUALITY of food as opposed to QUANTITY of food.|
While you're telling everyone around you, why not tell the world you’re gonna get healthy and fit this year for sure!
- Post it on Facebook or Twitter (A recent study showed that Tweeting actually helps people lose weight.)
- Set up a BodySpace profile
- Start a blog and document your journey
10) Gear-up. I absolutely love investing in workout gear! Make sure they are comfortable and breathable. Amigas (female friends), the reality is that there are lots of perverted eyes at the gym -- so know that some of your workout pants may actually be see-through! I’ve seen too much skin when girls bend over or even just running on the treadmill. I will always watch out for other women so I’ve actually told some of them in a whispering voice, “I thought I should let you know that your pants are somewhat see-through…” They respond surprisingly and thankful for me letting them know.
- One good pair of running shoes is enough
- Workout towels
- Large enough water bottles
- Digital watch with a time stopper
- Lifting gloves (optional)
- Black socks (that way you won't be able to see how dirty still they are even after a wash ;p
- Gym bag/backpack
- Awesome music!
Now to wrap up....Although I feel that I am constantly redefining hat is “healthy and fit” for me, I can tell you that at 31 years old I am in healthier and in the fittest shape of my life! It’s amazing, I just know it will get better as I age. I always dreamed to be where I am, but never really know how to get there until I just did it by embarking on a life journey.