I’ve been consistently working out for a year now. One whole year since I decided to dedicate time and energy into living a more healthy and active life. I’ve tried just about every single trick in the book to make the process quick and easy, but there is nothing “instant” about losing weight. You have to have discipline, consistency and most of all be real with yourself about your expectations. The hardest part for me was finding something that worked and I liked enough to continue doing. Today I’m sharing with you all what some of those things are!
Purchase a workout plan
This was the first thing I did when I started working out. Last year this time I was coming off 3 months of unemployment, and could hardly afford a gym membership. I needed a one-time fee item that required minimal equipment and didn’t interfere with my new work schedule. BBG (the Bikini Body Guide) was the best option for me. It’s a 3 day a week, 30-minute workout for intermediate/beginner. You can work at your own pace but if you stick with it the results are amazing (you can see mine here). Not to mention the community on Instagram is incredibly supportive. I did it for six weeks and it helped trim off a lot of weight!
Join A Class
Once I got more settled into my new job, I wanted to start working out at the gym again. I had lost a lot of inches (don’t know the weight since BBG encourages you not to weigh yourself) and had built enough confidence in myself where I felt comfortable working out in front of people. There is something about working out in a room full of other people, who are equally sweaty and tired as you but still manage to push through it. With BBG, I was working out by myself or with a friend and now I had an instructor and other experienced gym goers (who by the way give amazing tips). It gave me something to look forward to at the end of my day. I took Zumba for cardio and Body Pump for weight training. Both high-intensity classes and loud, so if you’re into a more “yoga-ish” environment then those classes aren’t it! I absolutely love both classes and if you need the extra encouragement this is a great choice.
Create your own plan
Both the above choices are amazing but they are at someone else’s pace. BBG was a preset workout plan, and although I got more versatility with my classes I still had to follow the instructors lead. After 6 months of doing BBG and classes, I was ready for a change so I made my own routine; something tailored to my problem areas. I carry the majority of my weight on my back and stomach so I cranked up the ab and back exercises. I also don’t like resistance training, working on a weight machine is more my style. I can also better track my progress by knowing how much I was able to lift/push on one week vs the next. Free weights and machines are also faster. I’m in and out the gym in under 45 minutes, 30 if I skip cardio. I keep my workouts quick and to the point giving me plenty of time to enjoy the rest of my day. With classes, your stuck with a set class schedule and that started to become difficult for me. If I got off work earlier I didn’t want to have to wait until 7:15 for my Zumba class to start when I could have already been home and had dinner.
My mom hates working out, especially in the gym. She thinks walking and clean eating is all she needs, and for some that may be true. But if you’re really trying to drop pounds you are going to need a healthy balance of both working out and clean eating. I’ll be honest and say this is one of the hardest parts of losing weight; controlling my appetite for everything greasy and sweet has been a huge challenge. The first thing I did was get rid of the bad snacks. Yup I’m a snacker. I could live off chips, candy, and soda for dayssss. I knew that if I wanted to really drop pounds or even just maintain what I already have that I had to cut those things out. I started portion dieting; 3 snacks a day with 2 small meals. You essentially eat every 2 hours, never really allowing your body to truly become “hungry” which is when all the cravings start to happen. I’ll be doing a full breakdown of my portion eating routine later, but for now know that coming up with a healthy diet is detrimental to your weight loss plan!
What are some of your tips for losing weight?