I don’t think any of my childhood friends would label me as ‘sporty’ or ‘healthy’ when we were kids. Even now am I in no way the most ‘in shape’ person, but I have made some MAJOR life changes in regards to my health over the years and I want to share whats helped me!
I was a very chubby kid..that’s me on the right 🙂
The story behind my chub is that my mom made the BEST food! Full of home cooked carbohydrates and fats! Every night we ate a hot home cooked meal followed by a dessert made from scratch. I was also a book worm, I hated being outside in the sun because I’m so pale that I would always sunburn. I’m uncoordinated and definitely scared of any contact sport, so where does that leave us? endless CHUB…
Saving you the in between, I now love going to the gym, it’s kind of like therapy for me. I love that when I push myself I see results and more importantly I FEEL the difference. However, I still have to motivate myself to workout and be conscious of what I’m eating. Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years:
1. Remember, progress doesn’t happen overnight
It’s so important to remember this. We so often begin working out and eat a few salads, then jump on the scale and get disappointed that it hasn’t moved. As women, the older our bodies are the longer it takes for us to shed weight or gain muscle, its so unfair! Give it at LEAST a month of consistency before you start to get discouraged, I guarantee if you stay on course you’ll see a difference!
2. Plan out your workouts ahead of time!
One of the BEST things that I’ve done for myself is invest in more than one training program! My favorites are by Hanna Oberg and Kali Burns.
Hanna’s program is one of the first that I did and it helped me SO MUCH! Theres an app that shows you videos of how to do each exercise, as well as the ability to log your weight, sets, and reps. It will help you learn your way around the machines as well as get comfortable with different exercises. Kali’s programs are a bit more advanced, but boyyy are they fire!
At night when I get into bed, I look at the routine scheduled for the next day and make sure I’m familiar with everything as well as plan out my timing. I go to the gym in the mornings Monday-Friday, so I like to say, “Ok I need to leave my house by ___ , I need ___ minutes to get ready, that means I need to be home from the gym by ____, which means I need to get to the gym at ___, which means I need to wake up by ___.” This helps me a LOT. Otherwise, I never get to finish my workout because I’m rushing, or I could have finished but I was too busy figuring out the movements. That’s why it’s good to go over everything the night before!
3. MEAL PREP IS SO VITAL
Ok, so who else hates to meal prep?
IT TAKES SO LONG!! Once its done though, your week goes so much better! I have to be honest, I now use a meal prep service for our main meals, but we still buy all of our healthy snacks every week or two. This has helped me so much with tracking my meals as well as giving me more time every week! Let’s be real people, who can meal prep breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for more than one person in less than 4 hours??? Please tell me how.
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4. Take small steps!
When beginning on the health track sometimes it’s a lot to think about EVERYTHING you want to accomplish, so my advice is to start small! Perhaps try planning one thing you will do different each week for the next month and continue them each through the next week. For example; WEEK 1= Only drink water (no juice/soda). WEEK 2= Only have dessert one day of the week vs. everyday + only drinking water WEEK 3= Do a 20-30 minute workout 3 days out of the week + only drink water + only one dessert per week WEEK 4 = Incorporate all 3 things listed above.
By doing these things for just 4 weeks you will not only shed some pounds and feel better but you will also prove to yourself that you CAN commit to a healthier lifestyle! Consider this a jump start to a healthier you! To stay motivated I like to use inspirational and positive apps like Uplift Mind Fitness App, available for Free in the app store https://apps.apple.com/us/app/uplift-mind-fitness-app/id1418869280.
5. Find a workout buddy!
I only discovered that I actually liked working out when I began going to the gym with my sister, Megan. We would do workout classes at 24-hour Fitness at LEAST two days a week. At first they were so hard for me but over time, it got to be fun! The best part was being able to spend time with my sister, we would have such a good time in the gym together. We actually gave all the regulars nick names like “dancer guy” and “old pervert” (Rude but so funny). Workout partners hold each other accountable! Even try doing challenges with eating healthy or ‘water challenges’ etc. IT WORKS Y’ALL, TRY IT!
ARE YOU READY?! I AM!
Let’s do this together! No matter what your career is, health is key to a happy and long life. In my career, practicing a healthier lifestyle ensures my capability to give my all day to day as I am on my feet for 8+ hours each day!
If you’ve made it this far, thank you so much for reading! Comment below if your ready to try the tips I suggested, and let us know any other ideas you have for getting healthy!
~Molly K. Carter