Hello journey buddies,
so a few of you asked me to give tips on how to lose excess weight. I really had to psyche myself to write this because everyone is different, what worked for me may not work for you. I therefore decided to make this on lessons I’ve learnt along the way.
However, I’d like to remind you all that I am no professional, I am still on my journey and everything I write down is based on personal experience. 🙂 .
Anyway, here goes…
TO CHANGE YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT
This simply means for you to be able to change yourself, you first need to accept where and who you are. Love your body immensely mainly because it is the only one you’ll get. (unless you have money for surgery :D)
I personally found it hard to accept myself at first. This was because how I imagined my appearance to be, was not what it was in reality. It took time, a lot of time, but I eventually learned to accept myself.
I know of a few people who are terrified of going to the gym because they feel intimidated. In all honesty, you don’t need to start your weight loss journey in the gym. I actually believe it would be better to start a simple daily exercise routine on your own before you hit the gym. Hopefully this may help build your confidence in working out. YouTube has a lot of free workout videos. 10 -20 minutes of simple exercises daily can be a good start. With time, you can adjust the routine and make it more tough. You can start by searching for Just Gym It, a channel hosted by two Kenyans if you need any more motivation to start. (For real though, go watch their videos!!!!)
BE READY TO CHANGE YOUR DIET.
The hardest part about weight loss is nutrition. You may push yourself through several reps and sets of exercises at the gym then completely undo all the work you’ve put in with the wrong nutrition.
It’s good to know that in order to lose weight a calorie deficit is required. (Calories consumed< Calories expended). However, watching what you eat does not mean you put yourself on a really restrictive diet. You can still have sweet treats as long as you eat them in moderation.
Remember its your own journey, take time to experiment with different foods and observe the effect they have on you and how they make you feel. I would advise one to keep a journal of foods eaten during the journey just so you have records of what works best for your body.
Also, drink lots of water!!
GET YOUR SUPPORT TEAM.
‘Surround yourself with people who provide you with love and support and remember to give back as much as you can in return’- Karen Kain
I highly doubt I’d have made it this far without my family and friends. They have been my constant support throughout my journey. They kept me going when I felt like giving up and for that I am forever grateful to them. ❤ (I’ll post a few pictures of them because they are part of this journey :))
Choose your support wisely. Not everyone needs to know what you’re doing. A few friends and family is enough; just ensure that they have your best interest at heart and are genuine.
Special shout out to my parents who are always there for me! I feel that unconditional love.
SET YOUR PERSONAL GOALS.
This probably should have been my first point. You need to set goals for yourself and make them both reasonable and fun.
Personally what I do is: I set the main goal, break that down into monthly goals and further into weekly goals. This does help keep me motivated. I also take progress pictures which help my stay disciplined.
I absolutely LOVE treating myself when I achieve my goals, (and even if I don’t..because life is too short not to treat yourself)
Contrary to what you may believe, your treats do not have to be in form of food, I used to do that last year but ended up overindulging. Instead I treat myself to red lipstick, gym wear (I usually save up for this though) and other inedible items, because they last longer.
GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK
Yes you feel like you need to workout every single day to achieve your goal body. God rested after creating the earth, who are you not to deserve a break?
I cannot emphasise this point enough. You need to rest from working out, the worst thing you can do to yourself is push way past your limit, get a burn out and completely lose motivation. Choose a day, any day you’d like, I love Sunday being my rest day because I get to plan for the following week as well as dress up and look cute.
Personally, and most of my friends probably dislike me for this , is that even on days that aren’t my rest day, I will take as many naps as possible if I’m not busy. I take any opportunity I get to reenergize myself, plus sleep is also my welcome respite from this cruel world.
Feel free to let me know if this helps in any way, or even just contact me if you just want to talk 🙂