This coming February will be my one year anniversary of “starting that healthy stuff” as some people would say. Last year on February 4, 2013 (Also the day of the Superbowl), I set out on a quest to better myself in the health department. I wasn’t satisfied with how I started to look physically and mentally I was tired of being a fat pig. I was never obese or overweight, but just unsatisfied with how I looked. “Salsa” would be the perfect term to describe my physical appearance at the time, not huge, but chunky in certain places.
It’s now December, and I’ve lost over 50 pounds since. My weight went from 189 to 140 in August, and my weight has maintained at that number ever since. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished because this was a personal goal I kept to myself that I didn’t really want others to know about.
So what did I do? How could a young college student accomplish such a feat that many grown men and women struggle with? Well, that’s what this post is for. As we crack into 2014, here are five tips to anybody looking to change their lifestyle, lose weight, and become a healthier person. Enjoy.
1. Multitask. During my early years of college, I would wake up and watch my morning fix of sports news while eating a fat bowl of cereal in my dorm room. Now I do that while on the treadmill in the morning (except without the cereal obviously). Just think, if you love reading or listening to the news, consider the different ways you can go about doing that while contributing to your goal. Go on a walk while listening to your favorite news station, or even a run. It works. This is very important.
2. Gain confidence. This is essentially one of the biggest keys to accomplishing your goal. You can find confidence in yourself in the oddest ways, seriously. Understand that it’s a process and you will get the results in due time. If you like looking sexy during your workout, buy some cool Nike gear, but make sure you earn the right to wear that stuff by putting in the work. Also, if you have a reason behind why you’re working out, let that boost you. Want to accomplish your goal in remembrance of somebody? Have a girl you want to impress? Well, there you have it. “Put your life into a positive perspective, we are not defined by our pasts.” – Kim Kardashian
3. Do your homework. I cannot tell you how many people I see today that think they know what they’re talking about regarding fitness but have the slightest clue. Twitter is a huge resource. Follow nutritional and health pages because a lot of times they can give you the answers that you seek. Know what you’re putting into your body and understand the proper exercise techniques before doing them. Plus, you’ll be able to pass along that knowledge to others like some guy that posted this. Ask questions, don’t be afraid to use Yahoo! Answers. Plus, I love giving further advice to others.
4. Fit it into your schedule. The whole argument saying you don’t have time is ridiculous. MAKE TIME. If you work an eight hour job and are typically tired by the end of the day, workout in the morning. Get it out of the way early. Boom. It’s not illegal to go for a run or walk outside in the morning if you don’t have a treadmill. Make those sacrifices to get your workout in daily. Respect yourself.
5. What you eat is the most important factor. Of course I saved the best for last, right? This is the biggest key and the determining factor into whether or not you will lose weight. Period. Shop smart, and increase your water intake daily, it cleans your system and makes you less hungry. Incorporate fruits and greens into your diet. Add things like, spinach, tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms into your eggs to charge them up. Please, do your homework on what is actually good for you to eat. If you mess this factor up, everything else you do is completely pointless and you won’t accomplish your goal.
In case you haven’t noticed, I really love talking about this stuff. It’s always great to share my knowledge with others and pass down what I know. I’m not perfect, I’ve made my mistakes and have had my struggles but ultimately I picked myself back up. That’s what it’s all about. You don’t have to be this indestructible fitness machine, but understand your limits and comprehend the balance you need to find regarding your health.
Oh, and please, remember, losing weight isn’t just a short-term thing, you want this to be a lifestyle change for the long-term.
For questions, always feel free to send me an email at: arongyohannes [at] gmail [dot] com.
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