It seems like, for most of us, when we set out to live a healthier lifestyle and/or get a bit more fit that we start off trying to tackle it with full-force as we are overcome with so much excitement at what we expect the future outcome to be. And then a few weeks later, the excitement for this new adventure may dwindle because the results didn’t compare to the gusto that was originally put into it.
I’ve found myself re-living this many times since I’ve had my kids. Until last year, that is. That’s when I decided that baby steps were the way to go. I’d make small changes and stick with them and slowly add a few more things as I went along. Before I tried this way, I didn’t see the scale budge. But over the course of time with this new way I saw the scale show a loss of nearly 10 lbs. That may not sound like much but it’s huge when you finally see results happening. I’ve also found little changes can make a big difference when it comes to what we put into our bodies, as far as food. And I’m finally ready to put even more focus on all-around health.
This is Week 1 of the No Foolin’ Fitness Challenge. And like I promised in the intro–the baby steps each week will be fairly simple. Just small things to get us in the swing of seeing a few changes and building up some confidence.
So here are the things I’m going to give you as “challenges” for the first week. I’ll explain each further down in the article.
1) Drink more water.
2) Start a journal.
3) Log your weight and measurements; such as arms, legs, waist and hips.
DRINK MORE WATER
If you haven’t read it already, read my post on The Importance of Water. This might help you get a little understanding of why it plays such an important role in our fit lives. Drinking water doesn’t have to be a boring task. Check your stores to see if you can find a Water Infuser Bottle as they are a great way to be able to add things such as lemons, berries, cucumbers, etc. to add a little natural flavor to your daily water consumption. If you do pick one up, I highly recommend the ones with the infuser on the bottom as they continuously add the flavoring.
Try to set little daily goals for finishing up a glass(es) of water such as making sure you have one gone by each meal/snack time.
START A JOURNAL
I think one of the biggest reasons that we fail to stick to our healthier paths is because we often lose sight of why the journey was so important to us to begin with. So when you begin your journal what I want you to do is to keep the entire first page to nothing but the reasons why you are on this journey. Perhaps add a few ideas of little goals that you’d like to achieve.
Don’t forget to take a few times during the week to write down how you are feeling and the things you are having success with and the things that you need a little more work on. If something good happened to you during the week, make sure you write it down. You could even keep these good things in a separate part of the journal so you’ll have things to read that will make you smile on the bad days.
LOG YOUR WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENTS
One of the biggest fails people make when starting their fitness journeys is to become obsessed with their scales. I remember back when I was doing Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred. Had I not taken my measurements before I started on that workout I would have been increasing frustrated with the outcome. Throughout that month, I didn’t lose much weight but I lost several inches all over and I gained so much strength. The important thing to remember is that muscle weighs more than fat and that there are other factors when determining your success such as increased strength and energy. So while your scale may not be going in the direction you want fast enough, remember to have patience. You’ll get there.
I’m hoping you’ll take some time this week to focus on these little baby steps. These few things are going to play big roles in keeping you healthier and on a positive path.
I’ll check in with you soon with an update and with next week’s new set of baby steps!
Disclaimer: Never start a new exercise/diet regimen without consulting your Dr. first. Tips are to be taken as suggestions and not promises of guaranteed results.