One of the most important steps you can take to develop new habits is to understand how ready you are (if at all) for change. Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Are you ready to take action even if you have tried before? Will you make tough choices and show up even when you may not want to in that moment? Take the quiz below to find out.
- Do you look in the mirror and feel frustrated, upset or humiliated because of how your body looks?
- When you feel run down and tired, what do you think is the source of these feelings?
- Are you willing to wake up in the morning a bit earlier and stay up at night a bit later to accomplish your goals?
- Are you willing to slowly work up to five hours of physical activity each week?
- If a friend or loved one suggests that you don’t have what it takes to get into great shape because you have failed before or for some other reason, what will be your response?
For those of you who ARE ready, you may be wondering:
- How many calories should I eat each day?
- How many times per week should I work out?
- Is this supplement (fill in the blank) the best for recovery/weight loss/hydration/gaining or losing weight?
- Is it ok to eat carbs? Should I remove the carbs?
- Can I drink alcohol?
If you are not eating three meals a day, all of which contain at least 1-2 servings of vegetables…you do not need to worry about counting calories. Your first step needs to be meals plus veggies. Don’t complicate things. Just start out right there. Meals plus veggies x3 everyday. Repeat.
If you are not working out consistently week, at least 3 times per week, start there. Get in 3 workouts, of any kind, every single week (unless you are sick in bed). Don’t feel like working out? That’s ok. Just do it anyway. You will not regret it.
Skip the supplements until you are regularly doing the two steps above. Supplements are made to supplement your already solid choices. They are not designed to create a pathway for you. Instead build the foundation with three meals a day including veggies PLUS at least 3 workouts of any kind per week.
It is perfectly fine to eat carbs, regardless of your goals. However, the types of carbohydrates do matter. Again, if you are not eating three meals per day plus veggies, don’t add or subtract carbs from your diet. Instead, add meals and veggies. Oh and your 3 workouts.
Not sure about if drinking alcohol is ok, refer to the paragraph above.
See a pattern here? Start with THREE.
THREE meals plus veggies every day.
THREE workouts of any kind per week.
Oh and my favorite. Tell yourself THREE things you are grateful for every single night before bed.
Just because it is simple does not mean it is easy. But you do hard stuff every day. We can help keep you accountable.