4 basic tips to get started

“Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, godlike feature that only the special among us will ever taste, it’s something that truly exists in all of us.” – Will Smith

First and most important: realize that you can do this.

There is no reason why you couldn’t.

In this respect, let me share with you that:

  • I was chubby for the biggest part of my life. I remember, I was only 10 years old when somebody suggested I should go to a dietician. If you don’t believe me; here’s some proof:

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  • I had rather bad eating habits. Especially in weekends (or as a student perhaps during the week), I ate loads of French fries, pizzas, cookies, chocolate and fried food in general. On top of that, most of the time, I overate.
  • I did no sports whatsoever (apart from the attempts for dancing classes and soccer as a kid).

Let me put it differently: I am not particularly talented. I love doing sports, but I wouldn’t say I’m very good at it. Everybody reading this, should be at least as capable of getting where I am at now. Like Will Smith says: “Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, godlike feature that only the special among us will ever taste, it’s something that truly exists in all of us.” Therefore, it is very important for you to believe that you are the one.

Just -again- as an example: how I looked before and now.

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Also, there is no perfect timing. Every month, you’ll find another reason to start next month. You’re going on holidays, it’s nearly Christmas, it’s nearly Easter…Or you just “have not time for it”. But let me tell you: there are only two options: you make excuses or you make progress.

Surround yourself with positive and like-minded people

Getting started and keeping yourself motivated is way easier when you are surrounded by positive and like-minded people.

For me, what worked very well, was following other people on Instagram and reading their blog posts. For example, I can recommend you the following Instagram pages:

  • Kayla_itsines
  • Imrececen
  • Annavictoria
  • Julieanakim
  • Wayofgray
  • Powerfoodies
  • Lizevranken
  • Blogilates

For more pages, just check out the pages that I’m following on Instagram. Because I’m following so many motivated people, full of energy and fond of sports, I feel like “the entire world is working out, so I’d better do the same”.

I can tell you: staying motivated is extremely hard within a group that doesn’t understand or encourage you to live healthy. I sometimes feel odd, when we’re having lunch and I’m the only one that didn’t go for a pizza, but a salad. Don’t feel bad about it (honestly, I sometimes still do) – you should take pride in it.

And, if at any point, you would need a boost: just drop me a message!

Realize it’s a way of living, not a diet

If you’re looking for a way to lose 10 kg in a month and praying it will miraculously stay like that for the rest of your life after that one month, I’m afraid I have to disappoint you. I want to motivate you to get active and adopt healthy eating patterns. Nevertheless -if you start doing sports and start watching what you’re eating, you can expect results very soon.

As regards the eating, it will take some time to adopt new habits. Promise me you won’t just go extreme and scrap out all the food you love. I’ll help you find ways enjoying lovely food.

Nevertheless, I can recommend one concrete action already (and you can start with it as of tomorrow): eat oatmeal for breakfast (of course, do not add sugar). It’s very simple, it’s delicious (okay, admittedly, I did not like it in the beginning, but now I love it and I found so much ways to spice it up), has amazing nutritional values and keeps the hunger away for a very long time.

Get active

Get behind that computer and get active. I can’t barely believe I used to watch television every evening. Now, I probably watch 2 or 3 movies a month –but that’s all the time I spend doing “nothing”. Some tips:

  • If you’re not doing anything whatsoever –as was the case for me- I strongly recommend the “start2run” program. I did it myself and it’s so rewarding. You probably don’t realize, but it’s not that hard to build up some condition again. It’s cheap (just need a pair of running shoes), doesn’t take a lot of time and you can do it everywhere and anytime.
  • Even more important: find a fun way to get active. There’s so much fun ways to get yourself moving -rather than just running on the treadmill (honestly – it’s so boring). Myself, when I got my gym subscription, I started with the body pump group classes: it’s just fun! Other examples: I started stand-up paddle boarding 2 months ago and I started this week with my very first ballet class! Honestly, there are so many other options: register yourself for a zumba class, start with yoga or whatever you like! Just do it.
  • It’s not a must, but I strongly recommend you get a gym subscription at a gym where they offer nice group classes and provide a lot of assistance. There’s a lot of people that go for the cheapest subscriptions available. You shouldn’t (or not per se). More important is that you find a place where people will help you and motivate you. On top of that –to be honest- paying a bit more for your subscription might give you an extra “push” to use that subscription, right?

YES YOU CAN

These were only 4 tips. I hope these are a good basis to get you started.

Personally, I think these can take quite some time and require some effort already. Now, no excuses anymore! Today is the day… Get yourself to the closest grocery store and buy those oats!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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