Your fitness or weight loss journey will differ from most people you meet, and a ton of people you meet who want to lose weight or get healthy will quit. Don’t let any of this impact you. Stick to your plan!
But, what is your plan? Where do you start? How do you start?
1. What’s the point?
First off, you need to figure out why you want to be healthier. Are you doing this for yourself or some bullshit opinion other people have? If the answer is anything other than doing this for you, then you need to re-evaluate. Fitness isn’t about other peoples’ opinions of you, it’s your journey, and it should be for you and your goals. Period.
2. Research and pick a fitness goal
You need to figure out if you want to lose weight, gain muscle, learn to make healthier choices, or whatever you might want to do.
If you want to lose weight, then you should figure out how much weight you want to lose in total and divide it into mini goals. I’ve lost 45 pounds (find out how here), and I originally decided I wanted to reach 145 pounds, which meant losing 35 pounds.
Why did I choose 145? It seemed reasonable. It was still considered overweight in terms of health charts, but I didn’t give a flying fuck. Why? Because I wasn’t doing this because of a doctor. I just decided 35 pounds wasn’t as daunting as 45 or 55.
In reality, I have an image in my mind of what I want to look like. It isn’t a fitness model physique, but I just don’t want to be chubby and I want to have nice arms if I flex. Nothing crazy.
Anywho, the next step is…
3. Set your mini goals
Mini goals helped me a shit-ton to stay sane. I split up my goals into 10 pound intervals, and decided to lose 1 pound a week – which means being in a 500 calorie deficit daily. I essentially decided on tracking calories and macros (what is a macro? Read this) because I thought it would be more sustainable for me since eating “clean” just hadn’t worked for me before.
You’ll need to decide how many days a week you’ll workout and what style of workout you’ll try and enjoy. Maybe you like weight lifting, maybe you hate it. Just try something!
4. You might have to experiment
Like I said, clean eating alone did not work for me. I would binge eat and sometimes go into a spiral of it. When I learned about MyFitnessPal I started counting calories, and eventually I learned about macros.
From there, I even learned about intermittent fasting! What’s that? I got you, I wrote an explanation here.
What I’m trying to say is, don’t settle on a diet if you feel restricted. Maybe the keto diet will work for you, or maybe a low fat/high carb diet is more your style. But you’ll never know until you try out the diets.
5. It’s ok to change your eating habits/diet
If you start feeling restricted in a keto diet, then maybe try a high carb-low fat diet! I’ve been there. I hated eating clean, I enjoy being able to fit a slice of pizza into my macros every once in a while! Who doesn’t?! Maybe someone who hates pizza, but that’s besides the point!
All in all, you have to start somewhere. We all start somewhere. Shit! I started at 180 pounds!!! I never thought I would be 135 pounds, nor did I think I’d still be completely ok with losing more weight, and that I wouldn’t feel restricted!
I’ve hit a wall with my weight lifting, so what did I do? I’ve been doing high intensity interval training (HIIT) and bodyweight workouts. Guess what? I love them! So that’s what I enjoy for now, so that’s what I’m fucking doing.
The point is: You can do this!! Start where you stand (something my boyfriend’s mom says), and go from there.
Good luck this year! Don’t forget to pin this!