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Fitness goals can be overwhelming. You may realize what changes need to be made in order to live a healthier lifestyle, but it could take a lot more than what you were expecting. So, instead of stressing about ALL of the necessary adjustments, let's start with the basics.
Focus on 1-3 smaller goals.
Instead of attempting to make all 15+ changes at once, pick 1-3 smaller goals and work towards achieving those. For example, if you never eat breakfast, begin by adding a light breakfast in the morning to get your metabolism started. Or, if you tend to drink one soda per day, cut it back to 2-3 per week. Then as time goes on, having a breakfast each morning will become a habit and drinking sodas regularly will diminish. I know it's easier said than done, but this will help you create healthy habits one step at a time.
Hold yourself accountable.
Whether you hire a fitness/health coach, keep a training and food log, or track on MyFitnessPal, choose something that works for you. I know some people who have started an Instagram page specifically for their fitness journey so they could keep tabs on their own progress. Photos are a great way to identify results over time (not a bad idea to start one yourself!). Whatever method you choose, do it for YOU and YOUR health.
Love your body.
Learning to love your body at all stages is SO important. Whether you are 50 lbs away from your end goal or 5 lbs away, love yourself during each phase. Accept yourself for how you are and how you look. Hating yourself is going only going to make things worse. Trust me. Realize that you are beginning a process that is going to take time. You can't gain 10 lbs overnight, so you won't lose 10 lbs overnight. It's going to take hard work and dedication, but results will show up as long as you do.
Don't let the mirror, social media, or your family and friends bring you down. Surround yourself with positive and empowering people that will help you keep your head up and focused. Remember you are starting your journey for YOU, not for anyone else. You got this!
Keep it up!