Happy Thursday everyone. This week I wanted to share my experience with weight loss and the fitness journey I went on this year. I am no fitness guru or personal trainer and I do not claim to have all the answers to working out or weight loss. I found a routine that works well for me and want to share some of those with you guys this week!
First, let’s start with the mindset shift I had to make to even start working out. In January I made the ever-popular New Year’s resolution to work on my body. I was tired of the extra weight I had gained and just how my body felt in general. So, I decided to push myself to the gym (this was not easy for me as I have a lot of gym anxiety). I think half the battle behind working out is finding a workout you enjoy whether that’s yoga, boxing, HIIT (high-intensity interval training), pilates, etc. Find the workouts that make you feel good and make you look forward to working out.
I found that making a workout routine in the morning was best for me. This worked the best because I would get my workout done first thing and wouldn’t have time to make excuses for myself. So, I started going to the gym at 6:30 am every day and this changed everything for me. I was so much more energized getting my workout completed first thing. This also set the tone for my day. I wasn’t going to go home and jump back in bed I was already motivated for my day and it wasn’t even 8:00 am. I understand that not everyone is a morning workout person and not everyone has the time first thing in the morning.
So, as the year went on and the pandemic took over our lives I found I needed to readjust my fitness journey. The gyms closed in the middle of March so that halted my workout routine and made me go back to the drawing board. At this time I was seeing the result in my body so that was my driving motivation to keep going. I decided I would make a home workout station and continue working out in the mornings. This was when I fell in love with HIIT workouts. They are very easy to do at home and there are numerous videos on YouTube to follow along with. What I love the most about them is you do not require any kind of equipment just bodyweight. Of course, if you are more skilled you can add in things like dumbbells and resistance bands for a more challenging workout.
Here are some of my favourite fitness YouTubers to follow:
- Whitney Simmons
- Heather Robertson
- Natacha Oceane
- Pamela Reif
“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.”
– Tommy Lasorda
As many know working out is only half the battle when looking to lose weight. You also need to focus on your eating habits. You can work out all day but if you aren’t eating right you will never see results. I do not believe in dieting or restrictive eating. I think you can still eat the things you love within moderation. The 3 things I changed in my eating habits were:
- Portion Control: I was filling my plate thinking that was the amount of food I should be eating. Wrong! I started putting things in a bowl as it is easier to control your portions or weighing out your food can help in controlling your portions. It is easy to mindlessly eat everything on your plate whether you are that hungry or not.
- Healthier Options: Instead of meat and potatoes every day we started implementing some salads into our weekly meal plan. More broccoli and greens were present in every meal. I started eating 3 meals a day and never skipping breakfast. Remember that food is like gas for your body fuel up with all the fresh and healthy things to make your body happy!
- Cut the Takeout in Half: We stopped eating out as much, really restricted that to once or twice a month instead of 4 or 5 times a month. It saves you money and your waistline! Cooking home-cooked meals are so much better for you as you know exactly what is going into your food and fueling your body.
And that is how I started a fitness journey this year and in turn, lost 20 pounds. I am very proud of the progress I have made. I know that my fitness journey will continue to grow and evolve as I get older and my body gets stronger. I am hoping as things get back to normal in the world I will be able to get back to the gym. Until then I will continue to do my at-home workouts. How did your workout routine change and evolve this year? Share below in the comments some strategies you took to keep on track. That is all for me this week I hope everyone has a wonderful week. Stay happy, healthy and safe!