I'm writing this post from a place of love and support knowing that you have ended up here out of frustration and hope.
I have seen it many times over. You have a huge heart and love being helpful. You make sure all the things get done. You are stressed out and feel a cloud of anxiety when it comes to taking back your health.
Where the hell do you begin ?
It is normal and totally okay to feel that way.
There are so many choices that you could be making. Instead you feel paralyzed from just being straight up tired and not knowing where to start.
Start right here.
These are the exact steps you need to take to get to a healthy weight so that you can stop half-assing your health and start living.
1. Drink water to help flush out the fat.
You will need at least 2L to hydrate your body. Gradually increase to 3 L. If you are dehydrated, you will continue to bloat and your digestive system won't working to clear out the waste.
2. Keep your meals simple.
A healthy meal is made up of a protein source ( animal or vegan, whatever floats your boat), vegetables/ greens / unrefined carbs and a healthy fat.
3. Move your butt.
Chances are you haven't been moving much lately. Start by exercising for 30 minutes per day, 4 days a week. Try to find something fun, that makes you feel alive versus just going to the gym to lift things up and put them down.
4. Don't even try to deprive yourself.
This includes cutting out whole food groups or cut back your calories back below 1200. Your body isn't dumb. It won't let go of the weight if it feels it's being starved.
5. Track it.
How can you know what needs to change if you have no idea what you are currently doing ? Get MyFitnessPal, Noom Coach or any other eating / exercise tracker you like. I used MyFitnessPal every day to make sure my meals are balanced and that I'm getting enough protein ( I tend to fall short in this category). Track your eating and movement for 1 week without changing anything.
6. Don't talk shit to yourself.
Having a positive mindset about change is important. Also, working on your healthy habits isn't about shaming yourself or putting down your body image. Treat yourself with love and respect. Remember that your body is strong and has gotten you this far. Be proud (no matter what it looks like).
7. Getting healthy and losing weight won't happen overnight.
This is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix. Change happens with a consistent set of choices. In the beginning it may seem that you just want to fit into your jeans. But over time you will see a boost in your confidence, energy levels and love for who you are inside of that body of yours.
8. Treat it like an experiment. Explore your body and have fun.
Explore what makes you feel best. Try to look at your body in a new loving light. Get a support system.