Body transformation, oh the joys of it! For quite some time now I wanted to share few of the lessons I’ve learned so far in my body transformation journey. There was a time in my life where I would hate waking up at 5:30 am, especially to exercise! I would snooze my alarm 6 times at least, I completely hated my job and came to think I wasn’t loving life that much either. Exercise and eating heathy were not high on my priority list. But then, my body started giving me pretty much signals that something wasn’t right and I felt constantly drained. Gut issues (mainly due to not managing stress properly combined with not eating right for my body) have forced me to essentially realign my whole life and initiate my body transformation. To top it up, I was constantly struggling with my weight and didn’t really like the person staring back at me in the mirror.
Here’s what I’ve learned so far on my body transformation and what I consider to be the key attributes to drive change in general, in life:
1. Don’t let anyone (ANYONE!) decide what your measurement stick is
Do you compare yourself to catwalk models or fitness models? I know most people do and I used to as well. But I’ve soon realised, it’s not healthy, nor realistic. Your body shape is your own! For example, if you have wide hips, you can exercise as much as you want but you won’t shrink to the point where you look like a size 0 model. Shocking, I know! Took a few years for me to get it too! So take a step back and recognise this, before you do anything else. Recognise you can’t look like your favourite model (that would be boring anyway!) but you can certainly look like the best version of yourself. That’s pretty cool right? Of course at this stage you might not know what that version is and that’s even cooler! People around you will have an opinion about what you do..ALWAYS and that’s okay. But just know that you don’t need anyone telling you what your ‘ideal’ weight should be, you alone are the judge of that. Too many times we’re led to believe that we need to shrink ourselves more and more…almost to the point where we shrink our own personality and voice, don’t let it be you.
2. Do what feels right for your body and what suits your current lifestyle
Although I am an advocate for HIIT type of exercising, Yoga, weightlifting & resistance training, no one should tell you which one to choose. That’s for you to decide but a healthy mix or resistance training, weightlifting, own body weight training and constantly mixing and changing stuff around will definitely be a game changer and it will help you change your body shape too. You might even get a booty like Beyonce (since we’re talking comparison here). Running on the treadmill for an hour every day, won’t do the trick, believe me, I’ve tried! Spent lots of months doing the same thing over and over again and wondering why I wasn’t seeing results. In the end, I’ve realised you need to try out different things and shock your body. Go easy at first, even walking, dancing whatever you need to get you started. But once you start building it slowly, don’t get complacent, push yourself & mix it up just for fun!
3. Appreciate your body transformation journey
Don’t expect change overnight. It didn’t take you a few weeks to pile on the extra weight, sure as hell won’t take you a few weeks to shed it off. Have patience and learn to move with your body as it is right now. Hating yourself for what you are now won’t help and there’s some science behind that claims positive people shed pounds quicker, go figure! I can tell you that once I had in my head that I can’t do this or the other that was the case. Our mind is a pretty powerful thing. So whatever you tell yourself you’re usually right. Start telling yourself the good stuff 😉
4. Surround yourself with positive people
By now you’ve probably realised the world is filled with downers, negativity and jealous people. You would expect your close ones to support you but instead they will say stuff like “You’re great just the size you are” (even though you’re not and you hate yourself for it) or they will eat foods you can’t eat around you. To a certain extent you almost feel like people won’t love you as much once you’re in better shape. If you’ve ever experienced this too, you know I am not crazy in saying it. For example mum (bless her!) would always say “You look great and you’re beautiful.” That would infuriate me! Of course she was only trying to help and you can’t really blame your family for that, they are convinced they are helping. But you can surely help yourself. Surround yourself with like minded buddies. Try different activities, hang around people who like keeping active, we humans need to be kept accountable in order to gain some momentum and keep going. Don’t be afraid to train with people who are better than you, this is exactly the push you need, although it will make you slightly apprehensive at first. Don’t be afraid to start lifting some weights. Who cares you can’t lift too much to start with? Start where you are and progress from there.
5. Build a great relationship with food
This is definitely the most important step once you get a hang of how you and your body work. I don’t think I can stress enough how crucial this is. Really understanding food and that it’s not about the calories but the nutrients in those calories is essential. I almost feel like it’s one of those topics that could be taught in school under a “Lifestyle” curriculum (alongside with understanding your emotions and meditation but that’s a different story). Without being dramatic, I believe it would save a lot of body image issues that later transform into deeper issues.
Most people believe you’re supposed to “diet” and then go back to eating the wrong food and live happily every after. It’s not like that at all. You just go onto building a healthy lifestyle and you’ll have days and even weeks or months when you’ll eat that piece of chocolate or cake or have a glass of vino and that’s fine, it’s not the end of the word, panic not! Don’t feel guilty for eating your favourite food. Please don’t blame the temptation around you, they will always exist but rather train your mind and prep for those situations.
6. Set a routine and execute it diligently
Let’s face it, you’ll have plenty of days if not weeks/months of feeling completely demotivated. And you’re gonna ask yourself how to get that motivation back. Unfortunately, you can’t buy it on Amazon, I too wish I could! When all the motivation is gone, you gotta look at the bigger picture and remember your WHY. Why are you doing this? What is it that you’re ultimately trying to achieve? Do you want to be fit and healthy and avoid premature disease? Do you want to have more stamina to play with your kids or have more energy in general? And then you just show up and do the best you can in that moment. You know what they say, in the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take. You will never regret working out or eating a healthy meal.
These are some of the lessons I’ve learned so far and I am learning new stuff every day. And please don’t get fooled…you’ll always want to progress & to a certain extent you might never be entirely happy with your body shape but it is important to celebrate the little wins, to accept your body for what is at the present moment and to work with it, not against it.
What are some lessons you’ve learned? Pop them in the comments below, would love to know 🙂
Focus on the good,
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