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Hey loves,

I wanted to share few tips that worked for me when I started my healthy/weight loss journey. Keep in mind that those are the things that I did and that worked for ME. Remember that everyone is different and always consult your primary physician first. I hope that you can learn a thing or two from this post to help you with your journey!img_8831-2

  • STAY MOTIVATED AND CONSISTENT
    In my opinion, before you can start anything you need motivation. After you start, you’ll have to be consistent for you to see progress. We all know that losing weight can be tough, and that’s why it’s a struggle for a lot of us. Once you make the decision to go on your healthy journey, you have to stay consistent and motivated. One of the ways that I stayed motivated was through social media, and you want to be surrounded by people who have the same goals and that are going to encourage you. My weight loss journey started with the Fit Girl’s Guide challenge, and there were plenty of girls doing the same challenge. I followed a lot of the girls and other fitness pages on instagram. You want to wake up in the morning scrolling on your news feed and seeing positive posts that will encourage you to get up, eat your healthy meal, and get your workout done. Make a poster board with your fitness goals and hang it somewhere in your house. Once you start your journey, don’t want to give up after a week because you do not see any progress… remember quitters never win!
  • CLEAN EATING
    Hopefully, you already know how important this one is when it comes to losing weight. When I first wanted to lose weight in my mind, I thought I was eating healthy, but I wasn’t. Eating a salad every day or starving yourself by eating one meal a day is not eating healthy. Your body still need a lot of nutrients when you’re losing weight, you have to eat the right portion and know how to balance your diet. You have to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack in between meals so with that being said you’ll probably be eating about six times a day. When it comes to eating healthy meal prep is VERY IMPORTANT, the reason is that it helps to stay on track. When you prep your meal ahead of time you’re not going to pull up at your favorite fast food restaurant’s drive-thru because you’ll have your healthy, homemade meal or snack available to you. Also when you prep your meal you’re in control of what is added to your food, I’ll make another post and elaborate more about what is considered healthy. Before you leave the house most likely, you’ll have an idea how long you’ll be out for, so take something with you. If you’ll be out for lunch pack your lunch box and same goes for dinner, grab a fruit or protein bar to snack on because trust me… the temptation is real out there. I can’t forget a fit girl’s favorite beverage, water!!! Drink a lot of water, and my current goal is to drink a gallon a day but as a beginner, you can start with 64 oz which half of a gallon or 4 of the regular bottled water.
  • EXERCISE
    Exercising is very important, and a lot of us tend to make excuses as to why we can’t get it done and I honestly was one of those people. Remember if something is important, we make time if not we make excuses. Believe me, you don’t need a gym membership to exercise when I started my journey I didn’t have one because it was more convenient for me to workout at home.You can build your workout plan if you don’t already have one, you can find tons of exercises online. You want to work out at least every other day targeting different areas of your body. For instance, if you work your upper body on Monday, do some cardio on Wednesday, and your lower body on Friday. You can start light then work your way up.  If you can go to the gym, that’s great but if you can’t you can always exercise at home. If you choose to work out at home, just invest in a few fitness equipment like a yoga mat, dumbbells, ankle weights, or an ab roller. As long as you have a plan you will get it done, squeezing a 30 minute workout in a 24 hour day is doable. Use every second you have, squat while waiting on my food in the microwave, do lunges while on the phone, or exercise while catching up on my favorite TV shows. When you first start you’ll be sore BUT that’s not a reason for you to quit. You know how your schedule looks like, stay on track, you can do it!
  • TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
    The scale, the scale, please stay away from it, that scale you have in your bathroom can be one of the reasons you quit. Weighing yourself is not the ideal way to track your progress because your weight fluctuates due to many factors like what you just ate and drank, and the time of the month for us women. I stepped on the scale the day I started my journey to have an idea what my starting weight was, and didn’t weigh myself again until the challenge was over. If you have to weigh yourself do it every two weeks, after you wake up in the morning, and don’t do it right before your cycle because you might be bloated and would weigh more than usual. Enough with the scale by now you’re probably wondering what are the effective ways to track your progress. Take before and after pictures wearing the same outfit, same angle, and pose. Take measurements, measure your arms, waist, hips, and thighs with a measuring tape. Do the clothes test by trying on your favorite dress, pair of jeans, or shirt. I tracked my progress twice a month, you can do the same. If you feel better or notice that you look better then you’re doing something great for yourself.
  • MAKE BETTER CHOICES                                                                                                               Cut the sodas, sweet juices, those things are not good for you, instead try to make a cup of green tea or a fresh smoothie which can be substituted for one of your meals. Cut the greasy food, anything with lots of salt and sodium, read the nutrition label, do some research and educate yourself. Eating healthy is a challenge itself so you’ll have days when you just want to eat whatever especially when aunt Flo is in town for us women but it’s OK. We are human, and you don’t want to deprive yourself of things that you like, it’s OK to eat something that is considered not healthy, but you need to bounce right back to your regular healthy routine. You can have a cheat meal but not a cheat day. There are so many recipes out there that can help you cut your favorite foods’ calories in half, use them. Something is better than nothing, take the stairs instead of the elevators, go for a walk in your neighborhood, dance while listening to your favorite song, play outside with your kids if you have any, or park a little bit further than usual so you can get your steps in. Start thinking life a “Fit Girl” and before you know it this will be a lifestyle!

Hope you enjoyed reading this post! Any questions or suggestions? Please leave me a comment and don’t forget to follow the blog!

Until next time,

Love

Magdah

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