3 Fitness Journey Lessons
- Put Weight Loss First – Think: What is most important: getting the weight off, and becoming fit enough to put years back on your life – or watching another reality show? Sit down with a pen and paper and allot at least one hour a day to planning meals, recording what you eat, and doing some form of exercise. You will still have 23 hours left to do whatever else you want to do.
- Enjoy Exercise – The secret to enjoying exercise is finding what’s right for you. If you don’t really enjoy the gym, look for other forms of exercise. You need a mix of cardio and resistance training – but it doesn’t have to be on machines. Walk, swim, dance… there are endless choices that can be fun for you. Research what happens to various muscle groups – and to your heart when you exercise and pick activities that you will enjoy.
- Identify your Triggers – Once you have identified these triggers, you can start working on strategies to defeat them, this can be as simple as challenging yourself every time you want food. (“Am I hungry – yes or no? If I’m not hungry, then why do I want to eat? Am I really just thirsty? If I’m running to the fridge because I’m upset, is there a long-term solution that will fix this forever?” and so on.) If you are not ready to deal with the root cause, then be prepared with food that won’t add to your problems with the resulting rolls of fat. Make sure that you have ‘good’ food at hand – but also food that you like.