When you start on a weight loss journey, it’s important to be consistent.
However, more often than not, life gets in the way. The stress at work, at home, and everywhere around, gets to you. You slowly end up skipping workouts, and your pantry is filled, yet again, with all those delicious sugary treats you swore you’d never touch again.
On most evenings, after work, you’re lying on the sofa, watching a new television series, with a bag of chips as your favorite companion. I totally understand, after such a stressful day, it’s a task to even think about eating healthy or exercising!
So what do you do? You procrastinate. You say you’ll start eating healthy from the next day/week/month, but that day never comes. You say you’ll go for that early morning run when the weather gets better, but you always find just the right excuses, no matter the weather.
So what do you need to do? Start small. That simple!
What do I mean by starting small?
Instead of cycling/walking for an hour, start by cycling/walking every day for ten minutes, and once you get into the routine, start increasing the exercise time.
This can be applied to any exercise, be it cardio or strength training.
The thing is, once you start exercising, and you make it a habit to do so every day, you’ll not be able to live without it. That’s the power of habit!
The first step is to understand what you’re eating, and a food journal can be eye-opening.
I use the My Fitness Pal app (it’s free), and I actually tend to eat less junk food, whenever I know that it’s going to be logged into the journal.
You can start small by swapping that bag of chips for a bowl of fruit. Or instead of that plate of rice, have brown rice or brown bread or chapati.
These changes can be really tough at the beginning. Remember to take it one day at a time, or one meal at a time.
Every now and then, learn to give yourself a break, and don’t feel too guilty if you eat a bar of chocolate or a piece of cake. Forgive yourself, and start afresh the next day.
The key is to stay consistent, and to incorporate healthy habits into your day, which you can stick to for your entire life.
You can check out my weight loss journey, here.
Thank you for reading! Stay blessed!