Here are my top 3 tips for success based on my past experience losing 60 lbs plus working out at home:
- Aim to work out first thing in the morning! I usually work out first thing (on an empty stomach) as I find it provides these benefits: It ensures that IF for some reason you cant work out in the morning, then you still have the afternoon or after work in the evening to make up that missed workout! I find it's just an extra chance to ensure I get my workout in each and every day. Also, when you work out in the morning...YOU'RE DONE! You don't have a looming cloud over your head all day where you know you have to still workout when you get home...your evenings are now free to do whatever else you want.
- Figure out what your top food addiction is and cut it out! It could be sugar, wheat flour, etc. For me, it's both sugar and wheat flour...I'm not celiac (severe gluten issues) but I do know that I feel much much better now that I haven't eaten wheat for over 20 months straight now. I know I was addicted to products made of wheat/wheat flour and now that I'm not eating them, all of my severe food cravings are gone and I find that I "eat to live" rather than "live to eat". It's freed me to focus on other things in life. So try to figure out what that crutch is for you and cut it out completely (don't just cut down...that's like cutting back on your heroine addiction—it's not going to work!) and see how you feel! Trust me...at first you will feel awful (migraines, lethargy) as your body yells at you for not giving what it CRAVES—but that passes and then you're free. Let me know if you need any advice.
- You NEED a support network to support your goals! Groups like these are really important to keep you on track with achieving your goals. Seeing others succeed and have setbacks (I have setbacks all the time just like you!) is the best way to know you're not alone and others are in the same boat. You will experience setbacks, I promise, but it won't matter as long as you're looking for support and know you are giving it an A+ effort and not letting your mind play tricks on you (it's really good at that). Your support network also ensures that when those people in your life see your successes and feel insecure about themselves, their criticisms stemming from their insecurity can be ignored and you have some place to come to for TRUE SUPPORT.
If you have any tips, feel free to share them!