You have one goal, and one goal only, in mind … to lose weight. It may seem easy enough but where to start? So many thoughts may come to mind, including: What exercises to focus on? Which nutrition plans to follow? Is a workout schedule and meal planning necessary? Invest in personal training? Do any of these sounds familiar? If you raised your hand or nodded your head in agreement, this is for you.
It only takes three basic steps to start off on the right foot to healthy and effective weight loss. Are you ready, let’s do this!
Step 1: Assess where you are.
Beyond the statistics like weight, body fat percentage, body measurements and the like, evaluate where you are on a variety of levels: How often do you currently exercise? If so, at what level do you exercise: low-, medium-, or high-intensity? And what styles of exercise: cardio, strength training and/or stretching?
Now assess and include the measurable statistics: body weight, body fat percentage, body measurements including legs, arms, waist and hips.
Tip: Talk to a personal trainer to help provide a true assessment of measurements and fitness abilities.
Step 2: Set realistic goals.
Think about where you are now and where you want to be. Don’t just throw out a weight that you were at in your “younger years” because that’s no basis to judge a healthy weight loss goal off of. Instead, talk to a personal trainer to come up with a realistic weight loss goal that will be the perfect balance of a healthy and life-changing goal.
It’s not just about the number, either. Set other exciting goals! Goals like: run a 10K race in three months, do five pushups, swim 10 laps without stopping or attend two group fitness classes per week. Think about where you’d like to be and what you’d like to do and set the goal as a priority.
Tip: When setting goals, think “SMART”: specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-bound.
Step 3: Start NOW!
There is never a perfect time to start, something will always seem to be a roadblock to you reaching your weight loss and fitness goals. They say “there is no time like the present” for a reason – start now so you can reach those goals sooner rather than later.
Tip: Schedule time in your calendar to actually focus on, and do, steps one and two. Then create a strategic plan to reach your goals and, most importantly, prioritize and commit to your plan! Choose a start date, include your plan in your calendar in bright red marker or a highlighter and, like Nike infamously says, JUST DO IT!