Sooooo we are two full weeks into the New Year, how are all those resolutions going? I dunno, my gym is starting to thin out again. I feel like, as soon as we call it a resolution, it’s dead on arrival…lol. Just an observation. How about we start thinking about exercising and eating better as a life style change or modification? Something that is gradual and consistent. You got #bodygoals for 2019? Let’s talk about how to accomplish them.
1) Set specific goals. You want to lose weight? Great! How much weight are we talking and in what time frame? My goal this year is to maintain my current weight and continue to build my glutes up VERY nicely.
2) Set attainable goals. If your goal is to lose weight, yes you have to change the way you eat. Things like this need to start gradually and continue to build for better follow through. Let’s start by reducing the number of times you eat out, then, start meal planning or prep. For me to build my glutes and still maintain my weight I will have to monitor my carb intake daily and still eat enough to build muscle.
3) Change your diet. This process is never fun but you will learn so much about your body and how it processes food. Incorporating healthier options and removing non healthy options from your diet week by week will have a dramatic effect on your appearance. You’ll be one step closer to your #bodygoals. When I started bodybuilding in 2017, I cut out everything except water. Today I’ll occasionally drink but you will only find water in my refrigerator. Doing that alone, I have cut out so much sugar from my diet and my skin thanks me! Go to www.bodybuilding.com for meal planning options.
4) Be Consistent. Daily, weekly and monthly goals can help with consistency. They say doing something 7x makes a habit. So if you decided to go to the gym 2-3 days a week, do that for 7 weeks straight! No bullshit or excuses! Changing your diet? Then meal prep and no eating out for 7 weeks straight! No bullshit or excuses.
5) Change your routine. The gym can get boring, so mix it up. Cardio is more than walking the treadmill. They have stair climbers, elliptical, row machines, bikes etc…. Change it up each day. Some days I will do 10 minutes on the stair climber, 10 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes on the bike to get my 30 minutes of cardio in. I also do different glute and legs exercises. Or I will change it up completely, skip the gym and go to a BARRE class one day.
6) Get support. When I lived in Chicago, the Bestie Nikki @its_NikNak was my gym buddy. She kept us on schedule. Three days a week, every week. If you don’t have a close friend that will train with you, there are tons of folks in the gym looking for motivation too. I met my favorite gym buddy through my trainer. We have been ride or die since.
That’s my plan! Let me hear your body goals and how you plan to get there. Let’s keep each other accountable!
Enjoy the Journey