As the holidays come and go, and the new year approaches, it's a very popular time for people to begin thinking about their fitness goals for the coming year. Everyone wants to start the year off strong and says "this will be the year that I get in shape". If this is you, you probable fall into 1 of 3 categories:
1. You know what you need to do, but you're not doing it.
2. You have a pretty good handle of what to do and are consistent, but are frustrated that you're not getting the results you think you should get
3. You have absolutely no idea where to start
No matter what category you fall into, the first step you should take is to keep a food journal for at least 14 days. This doesn't have to be anything fancy. In fact, I don't even want you to count calories, macros, or portions.
All you will keep track of is:
-What you ate
-How it made you feel (i.e. sluggish, energetic, bloated, etc.)
-How hungry you were when you began eating
-What cravings you were having, if any
That's it. No fancy app needed, just a pen and paper. It'll take you 30 seconds.
After 14 days, review your food journal and ask yourself "What is ONE thing I could improve upon right now?"
Will this change make everything perfect? No.
Is it really going to make a massive impact? Probably not.
But we're striving for progress, not perfection.
When you overcommit yourself to change and go hog-wild, trying to change everything at once, you get overwhelmed and decrease your chances of success. You only have a finite amount of energy, and the key here is getting really good at one thing at a time. Focusing your energy on that one thing is going to make you far more successful than trying to spread yourself thin.
Once you get a hang of this one thing, choose one more thing to improve, and repeat, and repeat, and repeat. BOOM progress.
Thanks for reading, catch you for Part 2 of this New Year, New You series!