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I’ve been on a health journey for a while now and nothing has worked until this year. I like to say health journey instead of weight loss journey because for me, it’s more about becoming healthy and the best version of myself. If I lose weight in the process that’s just an added bonus!
I’ve been a Tone It Up member for a few years now, but it wasn’t until this January that I really took this health journey seriously. For a health journey to work, you have to be mentally there. For a long time I just wasn’t.
In January, my boyfriend and I decided 2020 was going to be the year we focus on our health and if we do it together, we’ll be able to motivate each other more. Tone It Up was launching the Love Your Body series on January 6 and I was so excited that I talked about it everyday for the weeks leading up.
Once the meal plan was released, I ran to the grocery store and got everything I needed. I spent half the day meal prepping for the week with a smile on my face the entire time. My biggest problem has always been food. I get lazy with it and if “bad” food is in my fridge I’ll eat that before I reach for some carrots.
Quarantine has slowed my process down a bit, but to this date I have lost 15lbs. To some, that may sound like a low number, but for me that’s a major accomplishment.
Here’s what works for me:
- Meal prepping is key
When I don’t meal prep I will fall off the wagon and just eat anything I want. I have to meal prep everything, even my snacks. There’s been plenty of times when I’ve wanted to eat some chips, but then I remember I have a snack prepped and I’m not going to let food go to waste. Trust me even though it can take a while, meal prepping will keep you on track.
- Listen to your body
This is something the Love Your Body series taught me. You have to listen to your body. If you’re super sore and tired it’s okay to skip a workout. Go for a little walk instead or do light yoga. Forcing yourself to workout isn’t going to be beneficial. That will just make you dread it even more.
- Have an accountability partner
For me, this has been my boyfriend. We keep each other accountable and always remind the other of why we’re doing this when we’re just not in the mood. Having that accountability partner really has helped me stay on track.
- Wake up and workout
The first thing I do when I wake up is drink my Meta D (a metabolism boosting drink containing apple cider vinegar to help with bloating). Then, I put on some workout clothes and I turn on a Tone It Up workout. I have to workout first thing in the morning or I won’t do it. Some people like to workout at night, some like to workout mid-day. Find what works for you, for me it’s in the morning because then I have the whole rest of the day for other things.
- Workout as much as you want
I workout 5 days a week (Mon-Fri) with 2 active rest days. Saturday and Sunday are my walking and biking days. If I’m really sore from the weekday workouts I’ll just do a light walk on Saturday and completely rest on Sunday. If you want to workout everyday do it, if you want to workout 3 times a week do it. Again, listen to what your body tells you.
- Get a Fitbit or AppleWatch to track your activity
My parents bought me a Fitbit last year and I haven’t taken it off since. I use it to track my calories burned, heart rate, and activity. If I’m low on calories burned for the day, my Fitbit motivates me to go for a walk just to hit that daily goal.
- Water, water, water
Drink your water! You’ll have to use the bathroom several times and it will get annoying, but drinking lots of water will keep you hydrated, and keep your muscles from cramping after a workout! If you’ve ever had a Charlie horse after leg day you know the pain is real lol, drink your water.
- Figure out what you like to eat
I follow a pescatarian diet, so for me getting enough protein is important. I love the Tone It Up protein powder and protein bars! They have delicious flavors and don’t leave you with that gross chalky protein aftertaste. I even bake with the protein powder to make pancakes, muffins and even donuts! Yes, you can make protein donuts and not feel guilty about eating them!
- Set small goals
I’ve found that when I set a big goal for weight loss I give up quickly because it’s too unrealistic. Setting smaller goals will keep you motivated to hit them and you’ll be happier with the process.