“I’ve tried it all.” I’ve told myself this so many times. The frustration that comes with attempting quick fixes and fad diets are inevitable.
In 2006, I lost 60lbs and kept it off by building a new lifestyle based around eating healthy and working out regularly. However, once I entered my 30’s I slowly started gaining some of that weight back. It was just a few pounds at first, but it added up to almost 20lbs at one point!
Holy Cow! – How did I let this happen?
It’s easy to slip into a mindset of guilt & shame. It’s east to chose inaction. It’s harder to face the real obstacles that are preventing you from living the life you really want and deserve.
So how did I get back down to my healthy weight again? Some trial & error and a lot of accountability. I had to figure out what my new 30-something body needed opposed to my easy-going 20-something body that did whatever I asked of it. I had to share my goals with everyone around me to help hold me accountable, including my friends, family and my Coach.
If this sounds like you, like you’ve been treading water, I understand how frustrating it is! Here’s a few mistakes I’ve made that you may be doing too:
1. You’re Not Eating Enough
It’s logical to think that when you eat less that you’ll lose weight faster. But that’s not how our metabolism always works. The quality of your food matters more than the quantity. Focus on eating a whole foods diet emphasizing whole, minimally processed foods including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts. Not only will you save money (all those processed foods cost more than whole foods!), but you’ll start to drop the pounds by actually eat more quantity of food. Say good-bye to hunger pains!
2. You May Be Exercising Too Much (or Too Little)
Again, it would make sense that to burn more calories you would want to exercise every day, as much as possible. But that’s not always realistic for our busy lives. When you make your workouts efficient, you only need to be exercising 3-5 times a week to get the weight loss goals you’re wanting.
If you’re a beginner, 3 times per week is a great place to start. And on your “off days” from the gym, get active! Go for a walk, a bike ride, take your dog to the park, just get outside, moving! When it comes to exercise, it’s about working smarter, not harder.
If you’ve had a hard time getting to the gym for the minimum 3 days a week, then start with getting active. Aim for every other day. Find ways to sneak it into your everyday activities. Chose the stairs when possible. Talk a 20-min walk during your lunch break. Do a set of push ups at your desk every hour.
Ask yourself the real reason you haven’t prioritized your own health. How can you make this time to invest in yourself? Eventually, you’ll find a way to set aside 3 hours a week to get yourself into a gym to start maximizing your results, if you really want it.
3. You’re Trying To Figure It Out On Your Own
When it comes to exercise, something is better than nothing… but what if you’re already doing something and you’ve hit a plateau? This will eventually happen to us all, leaving you in search of what comes next. You may find that you’re stuck in a cycle of injury. or you’re constantly switching sports, or looking for that “next thing.”
You need a plan!
Do yourself a favor and take the guesswork out of this part of the process. It’s hard enough to stay motivated to get to the gym on a regular and consistent basis, to eat healthy every day. Don’t make it harder than it needs to be! Hire a coach and let them do the planning for you.
I was in this exact place. I had gotten some results on my own. I had dropped 60lbs. But now I wanted to be an athlete, gain muscle, and start racing triathlons! The only problem is I had no idea where to start or what to do. So I joined a group class gym and got a Coach. I’ve been injury free, and haven’t hit a single plateau ever since then.