Yeah yeah yeah. We all hate how we look. Sorry if that offends you, but it’s true.
So, how do you feel good about yourself? The answer is by switching off reruns of House and CSI for two hours to get a kick ass workout in. Motivation is hard and i still shove chocolate into my face every once in awhile. However, these steps have helped me feel good about myself and have helped motivate me to go workout .
UNO: start easy! for the love of kittens do not start out with a hardcore workout! If you haven’t been to the gym in over two monthes then start very easy. Do two sets of 5 on weight machines, and only lift a reasonable amount of weights, once you build muscle mass you can start gradually uping your weights and switch to sets of 10.
DOS: BE CONSISTANT! going to the gym once in awhile whenever you feel fat will not make a difference! Try to go at least three times a week for an hour each to see any sort of improvement. I try for at least four times a week and spend at least 1 and 1/2 hours each session. Do cardio and weights when you work out, working your legs, arms and stomach muscles. On days when you can’t make it to the gym, do exercises before bed. Try getting up to 100 crunches each night by starting out with 25, then 50, etc. Being consistant is the most important part of getting in shape, if you’re inconsistant, you’ll loose everything you’ve worked to get, and that is not good.
TRES: The most difficult part of exercise. Motivation. My easiest form of motivation is going with a friend. My friend Olivia and I used to go workout together and I wouldn’t even notice how much I’d done on the treadmill. Talking to someone can really help you focus on something besides the numbers on the treadmill. Watching the TV in the weight room can help sometimes, but if you’re going to be walking/running for awhile, a mp3 is a must have. You can also find personal ways to motivate yourself. I wanted to look good for prom (which is two days from now and i think i achieved my goal pretty well :] ), but i know after that i’ll use the excuse of getting in shape for bikini season. Just find some reason why you want to get into shape and you’ll do great if you keep reminding yourself of that reason everytime you want to skip workout day to play rockband.
CUATRO: Oh boy, dieting. Okay okay, listen up: do NOT eat fast food more then once a week (if even that). I can’t remember the last time i had fast food. If you stay away from greesy cheap food you should be fine if you exercise regularly. Don’t try to cut out sweets, it’s impossible and you’ll end up stuffing your face. So, eat desert in moderation, try a rule like no more then one desert a day. Also, try to only eat when you’re hungry. I know it sounds stupid, but you wouldn’t believe how much people eat out of bordom. If you’re just bored, have some tea (without sugar), brush your teeth, or chew some gum. This will keep you from over-doing your caloric intake for the day. However, skipping meals is a big no-no. If you skip meals you lower your RMR (resting metabolic rate) which is how many calories your body burns while resting. This basically means that you’ll burn less calories throughout the day and when you do decide to eat a lot- BAM! straight to the thighs! Altering some aspects of your diet is never a bad idea though. I recently swapped 1% milk for soy milk, which i drink all the time. Eating more veggies and fruit makes you feel better about yourself as well as being way healthier for you. Another note, if you’re not already, start taking vitamins. They ensure that you get everything you need to stay healthy and build muscle.
Oh! and also..Don’t obsess about weight! please! Muscles weighes more then fat, so you will probably gain weight by working out and don’t freak when you do. If you feel good about yourself you won’t care what you weigh. I got super discouraged when i started gaining weight from exercising and got really upset, but now i don’t care because i like the way my body’s starting to look. Just be healthy and destroy your scale with a sledgehammer because it doesn’t define who you are.
Good luck ^_^!