Let's be honest, getting into fitness is sometimes tough. So, I created five things to help jump-start a healthier me.
Step One - Don't make things complicated. Seriously, just take a look into your cabinets and refrigerator! Get rid of your junk. I threw out all sugary drinks and juices, snacks, and anything carb related that was high in carbs. I got rid of breads that were not high in fiber, or wheat/whole grain. No more chips and cookies! I basically got rid of my entire fridge. This also includes getting rid of freezer meals. Have you ever looked at their content? OMG. So much SALT (sodium).
Step Two - After getting rid of my "junk" food, I researched low carb/fat foods and more wholesome nutritious items. I stuck with the basics. Chicken breast, fruits and veggies.
Step Three - I NEVER told anyone what I was doing at first. I wanted to prove to myself that this was something I could do on my own, meaning, no social posts, etc... at least until I got the hang of it and felt like I could handle my new lifestyle choice without quitting. I made it a goal to stick with one week at first, then add on week after week. I added in workouts three times a week, using weights and fasted cardio. The first 10 pounds was challenging, then it just became easier and easier and I regained my love for working out again.
Step Four - I gave up alcohol for 30 days, then made it to 90 days. I know! No wine.. no margaritas. But, I had a goal to get to and you really don't realize the sugar/carbs in them. (I'm not saying you have to give it up, but make sure to have things in moderation!)
Step Five - Finally, this is probably the best step I have ever made. Once the junk was gone, I didn't allow it to come back. I allowed myself to cheat sometimes, but only in a restaurant. I didn't buy those junk foods to be sitting at our house. When they were not as accessible at home, it made the process so much easier. I told myself if I wanted a cheat meal or snack, I had to make a drive for it! (An ice cream doesn't sound so good when you have to get out in the snow to get it!) This was a huge help.
I hope you take some of these steps and implement them into your new healthy lifestyle.