No BS, you're likely not going to learn anything here that you haven't heard before. There are SO many resources out there written by far fitter, smarter people than myself. I'm just hoping that something in my delivery will help you make the changes necessary to change your lifestyle if that's what you're looking to do. A little background, my highest weight was 210 pounds. I changed my life by starting the Insanity workout program with the help of a coach and online support group. I was able to implement exercise into my lifestyle, but still struggled with food. I was a fast food junkie, and still consider myself somewhat of a food addict. If there is an unhealthy choice to make, I will make it. I have very little self control when it comes to ooey, gooey, cheesey yumminess, yet I've still managed to lose a significant amount of weight. If you want the exact programs and tools that I used, we can talk about that, but I'm going to give you three basic tips that helped me create long term, lasting results.
1. Fix your mindset. It can't be all or nothing, and it has to be a joyful process. So many women that I coach struggle with this. I'm going to be blunt here. The only person that is forcing you into an all or nothing, love/hate relationship with health and fitness is you. There isn't someone standing over you saying "You ate those cheese fries for lunch, you might as well just eat pizza for dinner, then ice cream, then eat any other shit you can find and start again Monday" or "You are never gonna be able to lose weight, why are you even trying?" (If there is, we need to talk about what kinds of friends you have). Sound familiar though? If you've been struggling, it's likely because of what you're telling YOURSELF. You have to get out of that. I can't tell you exactly how (though I CAN offer you resources to get started!). You have to start to change your thought process and self talk. Hard rules and beating yourself up just does not work. Health/fitness/losing weight is ALL mental. If you can learn to change your mindset, you can reach any goal you set for yourself.
2. STOP DIETING. Again, I see this all the time. Women following diets, going on and off them, never having lasting success. My suggestion is an 80/20 lifestyle, meaning 80% of your foods should be healthy, whole foods. Ignore the fat content and calories and focus on the ingredients. If they weren't grown from the ground or raised on a farm, it's most likely not healthy. Save those treats for your 20% unhealthy foods. Following this strategy, in my opinion, is much more doable because when you do occasionally indulge, it's ALLOWED, and you don't feel like you've "blown it", but MOST of your food is coming from natural, healthy sources and providing your body the nutrients it needs for health.
3. Get active. I know, you're thinking "I'm exhausted. I don't have the energy to workout." I really cannot say it enough that implementing exercise into your life will create more energy, but if you never try, you'll never see that. It might be rough for the first week, but after that, you really will start to have more energy. As far as not having time? That's bullshit. Everyone's busy. We've all got shit to do. If you think the next guy somehow has extra time in the day, you gotta check your ego. It's not that the next guy has more time or less responsibilities than you. It's that they've MADE time for exercise. You don't have to commit to an hour every single day. 4 half-hour sessions a week will help you towards tremendous health benefits and physical results.
So there you have it. It's simple and it works. These tips, if implemented, will 100% help you make changes to your health and fitness. If you're looking for major changes, head on over to the "work with me" tab and let's get started on your fitness overhaul!
Hi! I'm Andrea Cummings. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle that I can MAINTAIN and that still lets me feel like I'm not being deprived. I like to exercise, but I also love to eat (nachos!). My main focus is to be healthy, not skinny, and to help others do the same! I love Jesus, but I also say fuck a lot, so if you're offended, I may not be the gal for you.