5 TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

It can be a little intimidating to begin your journey into fitness and health. There is a lot of information and many people can feel overwhelmed by this. What happens when we feel this way? We shut down. Shutting down is NOT the answer, but it happens. This industry can definitely be a little much at times with conflicting information. Like should I not eat coconut oil now?! Wait, almonds are bad?! Welcome to my world....

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I am here to tell you, it doesn't have to be so complicated. Anyone can start, but you need to start slow and stop listening to everyone else. Focus on you and what works for you. Let's go back to basics. 

1) food log: this is the best way to see everything in front of your face. Most people are blind to the foods they are putting into their mouths everyday. Writing down what you eat everyday will be like a "brain dump" and it helps you focus. 

2) make SMALL goals: please don't make a goal of losing 50 pounds in 6 months. Your goals have to be baby steps towards your BIG goal. If you only look at the big picture, it will overwhelm you and seem impossible. A small goal: losing 1-2 pounds per week OR adding an extra water bottle to my day. It doesn't have to be crazy. Keep it simple and achievable. Once something seems unachievable, you will not stick to it. 

3) make REALISTIC goals: going back to what I said, losing 50 pounds in 6 months is a GREAT goal, but making it a year goal is less overwhelming. If you lose it in 6 months, AMAZING! All I am saying is don't make these huge goals in a short amount of time. You have to remember that you want to make this long term and you want to do this the healthy route. 

4) go back to real food: the sad thing is, people don't know what real food is anymore. Does that mean cheerios? NO. It means meat, fish, veggies, fruits, healthy fats. I also accept basmati rice and oats. Use REAL sugar, nothing artificial. Humans like to over complicate things, but it doesn't have to be that way. Man made...put down, mother nature...eat (pretty simple). 

5) don't go full force: start out with a goal of 2-3 days a week of exercise. You can always work your way up, but if you one day wake up and say "okay 5 days every week of exercise" it may be difficult for you to stick to that. Just get yourself moving, it's more than what you have been doing. 

Anything too extreme is not going to be easy to sustain, especially if that isn't the type of person you are. I will just throw it out there, I am that extreme personality. I am an all or nothing type of gal, BUT most people are not. Hey, if that's your thing. go for it...if not, please don't think you have to. Do what works for you and your lifestyle. If you have 3 kids running around, chances are you will not be the extreme. 

If you are looking for a kickstart, you can sign up to receive my 5 day meal plan! This can help jump start you into the right direction! 

Alesha Lazan