Getting Started To A Healthy You

So your out of shape…eating bad…totally unhealthy and absolutely know you need to change but have NO clue where to start. You’ve never eaten healthy nor worked out and can’t even remember what you used to have to do in those PE classes many years ago.

Well this post is just for you. No need to be overwhelmed we have a few basic tips to help you get started on your new journey.

  • CUT THE JUNK. Regular and diet soda, cookies, chips, crackers, candy, white breads and pastas, fruit juice with lots of sugars, sugary cereal, condiments like ketchup, mayo, ranch and other fattening/sugary dressings and marinades, fast food, frozen dinners and most packaged goods. Start with some healthy meals. Use wholesome lean proteins, veggies, fruit and healthy fats. The goal is to get as close to natural as possible! {Here is how I ate to lose 45 lbs in 90 days}
  • CUT THE ALCOHOL. It shuts down your metabolism, promotes fat storage and breaks down muscle tissue. It’s basically treated by the body as a toxin… If you’re serious not drinking won’t be a problem.
  • START EXERCISING. There are SO MANY options to get going, some of which include: weight lifting, pilates, yoga, cross fit, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, powerlifting, olympic lifting, jogging, cycling, spin, zumba, interval training, jazzercise, jumping rope, dancing, running, hiking, mountain climbing, swimming… the list goes on!! Find something active you can ENJOY and start working. I’d suggest to kick off do at least three 30 minute cardio workouts a week as you build up. {Here is how I exercised to lose 45 lbs in 90 days}
  • BE PATIENT & POSITIVE. You didn’t get out of shape overnight. You won’t get in shape overnight. It’s gonna take time. It’s a journey filled with some set-backs along the way. You will occasionally cheat on your diet, you will miss a workout, you will stumble, you will make mistakes… you’re human! Nothing worth having ever comes easily… if it WERE that easy, everyone would be in shape! Know that you are only a failure if you QUIT. So don’t quit! You will regret it in the long run!
  • GET A SUPPORT TEAM. If you have a family get them on board with you. Lead a revolution. The same with your friends. Although you can’t get rid of your immediate family sit down with them and explain your goals. Tell them you need them. If you find that your healthy habits are being mocked or demeaned by those around you … ask yourself why your ‘friends’ would want you to go back to being unhealthy. There is nothing worse than having negative and/or jealous people around when you are trying to make a healthy, positive change to your life. There WILL be people you THOUGHT were your friends try to drag you back to your old, unhealthy ways. They might tease, taunt or grill you for your new habits. Some people can’t handle change.  Do they not understand the sudden change? If so, explain to them why you’re doing it… Or, are those friends just jealous? If so, CUT THEM OUT OF YOUR LIFE!
  • PLAN FOR YOUR BEST. Don’t get caught unprepared. It’s a recipe for a minor set back. Prepare your meals and workouts in advance. Keep workout clothes and a water bottle in your car so you never have an excuse not to hit the gym. Carry some healthy snacks like fruit or a serving of almonds in a ziploc bag and a packet of tuna with you. Don’t give yourself any excuse to hit the vending machines or burger joint!
  • SET GOALS AND TRACK PROGRESS. Go into this with some goals. I’d suggest write or print them out and tape them to your mirror for motivation every day. Use myfitnesspal.com to keep a journal, track your food intake and update stats each week so you can track your progress easily! 1-2 pounds of weight loss per week is a reasonable and healthy goal (depending on your current weight). DON’T get caught in looking at the scale for your progress. Numerous factors can affect the numbers that are unrelated to fat gain/loss. The mirror, pictures, the way your clothes fit and your measurements are better ways of tracking progress!

You can do anything you set your mind to. You can get started and begin to make progress right away. Believe in yourself, don’t give up and you will get there.

For a look at the journey of how I lost 45 lbs in 90 days click HERE to read about my journey from FLAB to FIT.

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About Jason Curlee

Jason is about inspiring, transforming and elevating others to make a difference in their world. He writes to share principles of leadership and insights that you can apply to your ministry, business and life. You can read more from him @ http://jasoncurlee.wordpress.com
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