In the beginning of this year I participated in a Paleo-ish and workout challenge. And, surprisingly, it wasn't as hard as I had expected it to be. However, it was still difficult. It was much more work and prep then anything else. At the time, I was pretty unfamiliar with meal prepping, so I was constantly in the kitchen, chopping, slicing and cooking three meals a day. I was also not seeing many results because I wasn't taking the right prescriptions for my insulin and thyroid problems. All the work and lack of progress really began to get me down and I eventually dropped out. But now it is time to try again!
For me, things like this are most successful if I just throw myself completely in. Quit the junk cold turkey and don't look back. But I understand that most people (at least the ones that I know) don't operate in the same fashion. If you are one of those people that like to take health/diet/exercise one step at a time, then I would definitely recommend eliminating (or cutting back) only 1-2 things every two weeks.
For example (a person who drinks 2 cans soda/day):
Week One: decrease your intake by 50% (1 can/day)
Week Two: eliminate your consumption completely five days a week (1 can/day 2 days a week)
Week Three: eliminate your consumption 100% (no more pop!)
Now remember, I am not a doctor, nor am I a nutritionist. I am just a girl sharing my own experiences.
Other tips for success:
Always take "before photos" and measurements in the beginning.
Update with progress pictures and measurements every few weeks/month.
Set an end date. Yes, this is a lifestyle change, but working towards a date and then measuring success and adjusting or setting a new goal always helps.
Use meal prepping to make your life easier! I will have a post on this next week.
Make sure you are eating enough. Track your calories using an app. It's too easy to under eat on a clean diet.
Do small daily workouts every single day.
For the month of November, I have one simple goal: practice what I preach (or in this case, blog)! I am sharing my beginning weight and measurements. I have taken progress photos... but there is noway I am sharing those until I have an after photo to make them less horrendous.
I really hope that you will join me in this month of healthier choices. And if you do, please let me know! I love comments (tips/tricks/motivation), seeing your progress photos, and food porn. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and use #MRHchallenge (tag me too!) so when can support each other. I know we can be successful if we help one another out!
Neck: 13" - L Bicep: 13" - Bust: 38.5"
Waist: 37.25" - Hips: 39.5" - L Thigh: 23.25"
L Calf: 14.75" - Bra: 36DD - Weight: 152.6"