Hello babes! Welcome to my featured segment on our blog called ‘Brit Gets Fit’, where you will get all things fitness and wellness!
For the past 2 years I have been on a weight loss journey where I have lost 40+ pounds and completely transformed my lifestyle. I am now ready to share every step of my journey with you all! From having a trainer to plateauing to becoming a kickboxing fanatic to changing my diet over and over again to learning how to properly weight train, I learned that this journey is not always easy and requires some serious patience and motivation. Here’s some tips on how I stay motivated…
Do workouts you enjoy.
Whether its Zumba, cross fit, yoga or kickboxing, find a workout that YOU enjoy. Otherwise it will feel like a chore. I fell in love with kickboxing last year and never realized how much I would enjoy punching and kicking something for an hour. I was excited about going to class and that’s how you should feel when it comes to your workout. And before I knew it, the weight was melting off!
Set realistic goals.
“I wanna lose 10 pounds in 1 week”. These kind of goals are unrealistic because 1) if you lose 10 pounds in one week, you probably did it in an unhealthy manner and 2) you WILL gain it right back. 2-3 pounds is considered safe weight loss in a week. Set goals that are realistic and healthy for your body. Instead of 10 pounds in a week, aim for 10 pounds in a month. I write down attainable fitness goals at the beginning of each month to ensure I have enough time to achieve them.
Invest stylish workout clothes.
When you look good, you feel good! And that most certainly applies in the gym. I find myself buying more athleisure wear and sneakers than I do regular clothes these days. Don’t go too crazy though because soon you’ll be buying more clothes but in a smaller size!
Track you progress with pictures, not the scale.
The scale is a good tool to know your starting weight versus your current weight. But there are so many things your average scale misses, so my advice is to throw the whole thing away. I track my progress by doing side by side comparison pictures with the same or similar clothing on. By tracking your progress through pictures, you are able to see things the scale won’t tell you such as inch loss and muscle definition. The scale can often be discouraging when you’re going hard and see no difference in your weight. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve opted to using pictures because I’m reminded that my hard work is paying off.
Find an accountability partner.
Surround yourself with people that force you to be better! Not only in the gym, but in every aspect of life. Having someone that pushes you and understands your struggles makes this journey much smoother because they “get it”. Social media can also play the role of an accountability partner. I personally use snapchat as a platform. If you follow me on snapchat, then you know majority of my snaps are me at the gym or what I’m eating. I do this not only to inspire others but to also help hold myself accountable by being consistent.
Remember why you started!
Feel like quitting? Think about why you started! What made you want to embark on a fitness journey or lifestyle change? Use that as fuel to get you through the lows and remember it when you celebrate the highs. Keep your goals in mind. No matter how big or small they may be, they are waiting for you at the finish line.
Remember that everyones fitness journey is not the same. Don’t get caught up comparing yourself to IG fitness models or your peers. Do what works for YOU, and the rest will fall in place. Trust the process. There’s beauty in the struggle!
I hope this post gave you a little motivation and inspo. Comment below on what topics you’d like for me to feature on ‘Brit Gets Fit’! I’m up for the challenge. Stay tuned for more!