By Candece Kenrick
It’s been 62 days since I started my quest for a more healthy and active lifestyle. Even though it does not sound like much at all, this time has changed my life in so many different ways. I have become more confident within myself, less anxious and more willing to try and participate in new things.
To say this journey was hard would be an understatement. Since I was 14 years old I have tried to loose weight and be active but, I would fall off the bandwagon constantly, and the one thing I hated more than anything was exercise.
My first step towards better health was to monitor my calorie intake. This very simple activity changed my mindset the most. There are many apps that can help you keep track of your calories and exercise, however, the best app for me is one called ‘Lose it’. This app is free and easy to use; you set your goals, it gives you a recommended daily calorie intake and tracks your weight loss and exercise.
The first 2 weeks I was solely focused on my diet because I dreaded exercise. In these 2 weeks, I lost 1.7 kilograms. This shows how important your diet is when trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Now I’m using the term diet very loosely as I still eat whatever I want I just make sure not to go over my daily calorie intake. To this day I’m still following the same idea; I’m able to eat whatever I want but I make sure not to go over my calorie intake on every day except for Saturday. Saturday is my cheat meal day and boy how I long for that cheat meal!
After those two weeks, I decided that eating right wasn’t enough and that I needed to get out and do some exercise. I started with walks or going on the cross trainer but honestly, it was too boring for me to keep doing every week. I then started training with a personal trainer once a week and it felt amazing to be pushed to my limits. However, this wasn’t enough and so I joined a few group fitness sessions. The next few weeks I stuck to that routine but found myself enjoying the group fitness sessions a lot more than my one on one time. So last week I made the change and now do group fitness sessions 3-6 times per week. The weirdest experience of my journey so far has been the fact I have gone from hating exercise to being upset when I miss a session.
I am now 5kgs down and working on losing weight whilst building muscle. I honestly have never been so proud of myself about any other achievement. Being able to stick to something and see results such as; increased fitness levels and losing weight, leads me to believe that absolutely anyone can do whatever they set their mind too.
Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way:
1. Find an app that tracks your nutrition and calories (or Kilojoules).
2. Set realistic a goal or goals in increments.
3. Find a way to exercise that you thoroughly enjoy. Everybody’s different, so find something that works for you!
4. Weigh yourself at the same time and day every week, preferably in the morning. This is to ensure you get an accurate result. Your weight fluctuates regularly and is influenced by many different things such as hydration and the amount of food you have eaten.
5. Make sure you have a cheat meal!
Now the ball is in your court, you can lead a fit and healthy lifestyle just like I am. I honestly could not be happier with my results so far and am working incredibly hard to stay on track. Don’t be discouraged if you fall off the wagon, as long as you can pick yourself after you fall, you are doing something right.
*Please note these recommendations are not from a professional and everyone is different, so make sure to do your own research before embarking on your personal health journey.