Starting Your Fitness Journey: 5 Tips You Need To Know

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?

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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.

Image result for fitness stock images2. 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.

Image result for diet stock images5. 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!

8 thoughts on “Starting Your Fitness Journey: 5 Tips You Need To Know

  1. Love this!! Really trying to get into eating better but it’s always hard. This really gave me some things to think about though. Thank you!!

  2. What an amazing post!

    All points are superbly defined and easy to understand, worth reading till end. I am going to follow all the mentioned tips by tomorrow.

    Thank you so much for sharing such an informational post! look forward to read many more and definitely going to share with my friends.

    1. Thank you!! I’m super happy it was a good read! (sometimes I feel like maybe my writing style/topics are boring for people to read if they aren’t super into fitness/makeup) Thank you so much for sharing it with your friends too! Hope you enjoy some other posts! Just a little tidbit, I have a youtube channel where I usually post some grocery hauls (usually for me and my fiancé.. so it’s a good bit of healthy food ideas if you’re into that)! My channel is

  3. It got me when you said that fitness must be the decision of a person and that their decision to be fit or slimmer must be because that is what they want. If so, then I was right to wait for my brother instead of forcing him to give it a try. It is much better if he did something out of his own volition. Anyway, now that he has agreed, I think I will support him by looking for a weight loss center for him to go to.

    1. Awww I’m so happy to hear that resonated with you and that your brother is taking a step towards being a healthier version of himself! I think it’s definitely a great idea to support him through it!

    1. You’re welcome! I love knowing my blog/writing can help someone – and 30lbs is an awesome goal! It might sound daunting at first, but once you’re in the groove of eating healthy and exercising – the weight will fall off! Just expect some plateaus that will be frustrating but you can push through them!

  4. Thank you for the motivation, Meagan!
    You forgot to mention the importance of having a partner. Even though you both might get dependent on each other, it also ensures that you’re accountable, but also motivate each other during tough times. It also ensures that you are able to implement progressive overload fairly well, since you always have a spotter.

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