Getting your fitness routine (or yourself) up and running isn’t an easy task. Ask anyone who’s decided to make this lifestyle change and they’ll all tell you that A) it’s okay to falter as long as you recommit yourself every day and B) you probably won’t like it at first.
You’re going to be hungry at first. Such a drastic change to your diet will send your body into shock, so to speak. It’s not used to the high in protein, low in carbs food you’ll most likely be consuming, it’s used to the high in carbs and saturated fats foods that have been a staple in your diet. So, naturally your body will tell you that’s what it needs and you’re going to have to tell it that it’s wrong.
You’re also going to be a tad grumpy, if you will. Motivating yourself to get to the ILKB class you’ve signed up for, maybe the gym, is going to be a challenge. Time management is going to be key and you should expect to get increasingly better at it each and every day.
With all that being said, we here at ILKB have come up with a few “Do’s and Don’ts” that will encourage you to continue taking steps towards the hopefully lofty expectations you’ve set for yourself:
DO: Weigh yourself & take photos
This is going to serve as more than just motivation, this will give you a better means to track your progress. You’ll be able to see how far you’ve come, which for a lot of people can be the reason they keep going. Don’t be surprised if that picture or starting weight is what gets you into the gym that day.
DON’T: Get discouraged with what you see
You’re only getting started so there’s no need to panic. A lot of the time, in the beginning of a new workout program, you’ll gain weight before you lose it. We could obviously see how this could be discouraging and perhaps even prove fatal to somebody’s efforts. This is a natural process, you’ve got to let nature take its course.
DO: Convince someone to join you in your endeavors
Having someone to support you and help keep you motivated can’t do anybody any harm. There’s also an accountability factor to this as well. If you’re not feeling up to the gym or class today when you know you should be there, your workout buddy won’t give you much of an option.
DON’T: Depend on somebody
Although we are encouraging you to work out with a partner, you shouldn’t let them dictate how your days going to go. If they’re not feeling up to class that night, let them know you hold them accountable as well. If they’re persistent, let it go. Just don’t let that stop you from doing whatever it is that you have to in order to achieve your goals.
DO: Eat what you should be eating
We love fried foods just as much as the next person, but that isn’t necessarily going to help us to lose weight. Eating healthy is just as important, if not more important, than getting your work out in.
DON’T: Remove ALL your favorite foods
This may sound contradictory, but you will only set yourself up for failure if you try to confine yourself to a certain few foods. It’s not the end of the world if you have a couple of beers on the weekend with friends or a slice of pizza for dinner. There’s also a ton of healthy recipes for your favorite foods that you could find online. So long as you don’t derail and let yourself completely fall of the tracks, you’ll be fine.
DO: Pick yourself up if and when you fall down
This piece of advice is obviously metaphorical. Building off what we touched on in our last “Don’t,” if you do falter, whether it be in your diet or in your work outs, don’t beat yourself up about it. Everyone gives into temptation but it’s important to remember that you can’t let that define you. Get back up, and finish what you’ve started.
DON’T: Wait until Monday to get it together again
This is a recipe for disaster. If you eat bad one day, don’t give yourself any excuses. Pick up where you left off and eat healthy again the next day, heck, eat right the next time you’re hungry!
DO: Weigh yourself weekly
Weighing yourself weekly will give you an idea of where you’re at in your process. Seeing good results is going to motivate you to want to keep taking the necessary steps to achieve what you’ve set out to do. Weighing yourself weekly will allow your body time to show you the fruits of your labor.
DON’T: Weigh yourself daily
This is no easy task for a lot of us. We all can get impatient, especially with something that takes so much time. Your weight can fluctuate each and every day. It’s totally dependent on a ton of variables that you have almost no control over. This can discourage people, so take the less disappointing route and wait a week before you give yourself any unneeded stress.
This list of “Do’s and Don’ts” should give you a solid foundation to start your coveted transformation. Do what we’ve suggested and don’t do what we’ve advised against. It’s that simple. In order to achieve the body that each and every one would like to have, it’s going to take a maximum effort.
Becoming fit isn’t a choice, it’s a lifestyle. If you want those abs so bad, you’re going to have to prove it to yourself and be accepting of this new way of life.
If there’s anything you’d recommend to fellow work out warriors, comment and let us know!