When I first posted these pictures on my Facebook page I was nervous as all get out! My before pictures are hideous!!
When I took my before pictures I had no intention of EVER, EVER posting them. EVER! Of course I never really thought I would get to where I am now either! It hit me one day, I might actually be able to use myself to motivate others. If u could do it with 4 kids, in my upper 30′s with genetics working against me- anyone and their mama can do it!!
There is no magic pill. It took me all of last year to get it done, but I did it and am still working on it! There’s a formula though, I’ll even share it with you (I’m cool like that!):
Knowledge + nutrition + fitness + support + determination = SUCCESS
KNOWLEDGE: you need to know what your body needs. How much sleep, calories, alone time (mental health!), you need. You need to do your research so you don’t haphazardly hurt your body and sabotage your efforts!
NUTRITION: you need to fuel your body with the right foods. Eat clean- no/little processed foods, very little red meat, avoid artificial ingredients and sweeteners, and get in your protein!! Protein feeds muscle and muscle is good (see below!). Results are 80% what you eat! Track what you eat. There are several apps and websites to help. My favorite right now is MyFitnessPal.com It makes tracking easy!
FITNESS: “you’ve gotta work” (Ru Paul)! I don’t mean sit on a bike talking in your cell while flipping through a magazine! High intensity cardio! MOVE! Weights!! Muscle is your friend!! Muscle burns more calories at rest than fat! That means muscle supercharges your metabolism. That’s good!! Plus it looks better, it gets rid of cellulite! If you’re a woman, done worry, you won’t bulk up!
SUPPORT: studies show you do what your friends do. If your friends go out drinking every night eating greasy appetizers, guess what, you are more likely to join along! Does that mean you should drop your friends? Yes! Just kidding! Don’t drop all your friends, but look for new ones that are healthy and enjoy the same type of fitness you do. Like to run (me, me!) join a running group! Meet friends while busting a move at hip hop cardio or Zumba! Meet other females who are brave enough to lift in the male dominated free weight area! If you surround yourself with people that have the same goals as you, not necessarily losing weight but living healthy, then you are more likely to succeed!
DETERMINATION: I can’t give it to you. I can’t make you do one more rep when you want to quit! You need to make up your mind that this is it! You are sick of avoiding the camera, sick of not liking how you feel, sick of buying new clothes because the old don’t fit! You need to realize that you CAN and you WILL do this!! You are worth it! Put yourself first for this. Getting healthy is THE #1 best thing you can do for your family!! Get up early and put in a DVD, skip that birthday cake at the office, run to the gym after work or at lunch. Start small, baby steps. Don’t try to change everything all at once. Once you decide to do it there is no stopping you!
Be your after, the BEST you that you can be!! You deserve it!! If you need any help along the way, let me know! Everyone can do this!!
My question for you:
What do you need to do to start to be healthy?
What’s holding you back?