During the colder seasons, it can be incredibly hard to find motivation for exercising and dieting. After all, this time of year is known for consuming tons of turkey, mac-n-cheese and pecan pie and being nestled at home with vanilla scented candles while watching your favorite television shows. In the summer, the weather is warm, the grass is green and the beverages are cold: It’s so much easier to get out and get active. The holiday season will be here before you know it! That honey baked ham and stuffing can make it hard to even THINK about building a weight-loss plan, but this fall season; don’t let those factors hinder you from reaching your goal of losing weight and gaining more energy. With my plan you can have your cake and eat it too, literally!….but in moderation, of course. It’s called the 80/20 rule, which we’ll discuss very soon. If you didn’t exactly have that “summertime fine body” you craved this past season, don’t wait until January to start…now is the perfect time to JUMPSTART YOUR FALL WORKOUT REGIMEN!
Below are a few tips and tricks to get you on your way to a healthier, fit YOU!
1.) Focus On YOU – I’m not the fastest, nor am I the strongest, but I get it done. In order to achieve this weight-loss goal of yours, you’ll need the same mind-frame. Starting out can be a bit intimidating. Who am I kidding?…It can be EXTREMELY intimidating. Understanding that everybody has their own fitness level is crucial. Start out slow with one or two reps, but increase daily, building your strength and endurance. As cliché as it may sound, Rome WASN’T built in a day, so thinking this journey is going to be an easy feat is the quickest way to fail. It will take time, hard-work and dedication. But you have to believe in yourself and…START!
2.) Plan, Plan, Plan! – Planning is a MUST when starting a weight-loss regimen. With a structured plan in place, you’ll be less likely to veer from your journey. Each week or month, create a strategy to include your workouts and meal plans.
3.) Dress for Success – The weather in DC has been quite nice lately, but make no mistake about it….it’s getting ready to start freezing. Make sure you’re equipped with the right clothing to combat the weather, so you have absolutely NO excuses. Nike has some CAH-UTE tights and leggings that will combat the cool temps approaching. Getting new workout gear can also serve as motivation to get out and active(i.e. your money’s worth).
4.) Control Cravings – During this time of year the biggest downfall we encounter are cravings! To help fight hunger pangs and mind games, keep healthy little snacks like almonds, a banana or raisins around instead of running to the vending machine for junk. Along with your regular protein-rich meals, water is also a great tool to keep you feeling full throughout the day.
5.) Little Be Comes Much – Although you are extremely busy, always take time to do a little something. You’ll be surprised what 15 minutes can do for your body. Trust me, 15 minutes is better than nothing. Also, be conscience of your surroundings…instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. Do you live close to your job? Walk or bike to work.
6.) 80/20 Rule – MY FAVORITE. If it wasn’t for the 80/20 rule…I’d FAIL. No joke!…Especially with Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner. This rule gives me a bit of leeway and sets me up for success. 80/20 grants me two cheat meals and two rest days. Although the word “cheat” sounds a bit harsh, this rule will help you meet your goal, while allowing you to indulge in the foods you love once in a while in small portions, of course. There are different rules that correlate with one’s goal, which we’ll discuss at a later date. But if your goal is to lose weight over the course of six months, the 80/20 rule is definitely your best bet.
If you’ve been battling with your weight and health, start now and with these simple steps…you’ll be well on your way to that body you want in no time.
Let’s chat: When it comes to starting a workout/diet regimen, what’s been your biggest hurdle?