Every single page of every single magazine, paper and article says how to lose weight, get fit, slim, healthy, active... And I've a little perspective on this.
Why January? Why Spring? Well supposedly we start off with all best intenetions following on from being slobbish and unhealthy during Christmas. (Personally Ive never understood this... I want to look great during Christmas, I'd much rather slob out in the sunshine and a Kaftan than during Christmas when its party dresses, high heels and no sunshine...?!)
Change in attitudes, permenantly, would shift this desire to shed extra quality-street-pounds. Food re-education is huge, and seemingly women are the worst offenders. Men seems to care less about their bodies, but on the whole look after them for longer than women...
Women skip over the fact that during their teens and early twenties with the bare minimum work they can literally look their best when they wake up, this changes, of course as we age, but its no good suddenly waking up at 40 and saying,
" my GOD - I look like an old woman!"
I DON'T think "eating chocolate" made Nigella Lawson look like this, she has had a LOT of work done.... And eating "Salad" didn't make Gillian McKeith look like a corpse, not bothering to take care of her fitness did...
Prevention is of course best, but if the preventative window is barely open to you anymore then its going to take a massive shift in your mentality to gain some control over your health and your body and... A New Perspective.
Muscle memory; the importance of getting in shape early on in life is imperative, if you are/were lean and fit at 18, chances are you will be in fairly good shape still at 45 - because of muscle memory. Without it, working out and trying to make those New Years Resolutions realties at 38 or 48 is going to be as likely as climbing a mountain in a pair of flip-flops; You'll only get there if you change your footwear to something more suitable... And sustainable!
Start with the things you can do. Setting a pace with a personal instructor that is so far out of your daily routine and lifestyle isn't going to stick for very long. Small changes can make big differences, and they last much longer, hopefully forever, but theres the key.... You shouldn't be focusing on "losing 14lbs", you should be focusing on throwing away every item of clothing that will no longer fit you after you have changed your lifestyle... because.... then youll never need them ever again.
Short term goals are fine, if they are just milestones along the way, but focusing on a weight loss will do nothing to help you stay at that weight once you've reached it, unless you have paved the new path along the way that you intend to keep walking.
What you EAT and DRINK makes you who you are. (Bold statement but look a little closer.) The choices you make about the foods you eat, cook and buy show you what kind of person you are. (The same goes for drinks, no SMART, INTELLIGENT person would drink or buy a bottle of coke a cola... because it makes your body almost rot with sugar and salt!)
If your trolley consists of noodles, bags of frozen chips, grill steaks, bottles of sauces and microwavable items.... then you are someone who doesnt see food as important; therefore you have other prorities - what are they? What do you dislike about shopping or cooking? These root-cause and answers will enable you to change habits.
If you hate trapsing the shoppng isles - work out WHY? If you hate cooking work out WHY? If you drink frizzy drinks - ask yourself WHY?
Learning to shop, means learning to cook, learning to cook means having the best control over your own body, (health and mind), and learning to have to control over these things empowers you have more control over other aspects of your lifestyle too.
If you find you just dont know WHAT to eat - then shame on you. All these Jenny Craig diet-meal planners, delivery to your door in a tin box nonesense.... Come ON. Its almost embarrassing yourself. If you can't feed yourself - which is supposed to be a basic human function, you have some serious questions to ask yourself. Learning to shop and learning to cook are going to make you far happier than spending any money on "getting thin by drinking celebrity slimshakes".
Buy a cook book - not a diet book per-se, but a good, comprehensive cook book. Go onto amazon, browse for 15 minutes, those 15 minutes spent buying a couple of books will be the best 15 minutes spent, and last far longer than 15 minutes in the gym!
Start with mastering basics, and I only say this, as this was how I taught a friend of mine to cook. Mastering basics, rather than following recipes is what you need to gain control. Basics I consider;
Suggestions; Spagetti Bolognese, Lasagne, Thai Curry, Chinese Stir Fry, Casserole, Stew, Pies, Creamy pasta.
All of the above are cheap, quick and can be tailored EASILY to your own preferences, and can be done very leanly too.
SoFeminie.co.uk do a daily recipe to your inbox. I used to really like this when I was in my early 20's and living on a tight budget - It meant I could pick and chose the recipes that appealed to me, go oline and order my shopping from Asda for the ingredients, make sure I have everything planned out for the following week, learnt how to cook a few things, having gotten the right ingredients and after a few months, I stopped really needed the recipes for anything other than a bit of fancy inspiration.
Budget is such a deciding factor when trying to get fit as we are conditioned by advertising and media to believe 3 things:
1. Famous people, "other" people, Rich people are thin and attractive.... We are not "them".
2. Wonderful food costs a lot, thats why restaurants charge lots of money for the priviledge of it.
3. You can only get fit if your join a gym, hire a personal trainer, pay for a studio class or a professional person to help you.
Dispell these notions of rubbish from your brain and thoughts as they are all designed to make you spend money that you needed never have spent to try and achieve something that THEY say you can never achieve anyway... Its like a cruel form of brainwashing to keep the general public controlled by the media.
You dont ever need to join a gym just to get fit. Buy a really good pair of trainers, the best sports bra you can afford and a decent system to play music through headphones that you can fix to your arm with a velcro strap. If you want to splash out, get a blow-up swiss-ball and some smallish dumbells... the rest you can improvise!
You can absolutely look fantastic at 20, 30, 40 and 50.... But you need to believe you can. Perhaps you used to, and now don't, perhaps you think that having children and aging is just the price you pay for being 4 dress sizes bigger than you would like to be... Wrong - it is just an excuse. And just because its "the norm" and the national "average" does NOT make it ok!
Yes - you have to put in LOTS more effort, both with what you know about food and excercise, but its not information that is kept under lock and key and secreated to the chosen few who happen to have lots of money to pay for... Honestly!
5 things YOU can do today that will change your whole body in 6 weeks...
Don't drink sugar.
Don't buy anything you put in the microwave to heat it up.
Go for a walk, a brisk walk, either on your lunchbreak or just down the road, until you feel your bum muscles start to get tired and your breathing start to become more noticeable... If it doesn't, you certainly arent walking fast enough!
Clear out your kitchen cupboards of ALL the crisps, chocolate, tinned-soups, snacks, cakes, and other stuff your body seriously has ABSOLUTELY no need for.
Learn and Do - Sits-ups, Lunges, Leg stretches, a plank and a push-up - and do them EVERY DAY.
These BASIC excercises will cover your most important muscle groups that you will need to engage before you can start really working out. And here comes the bad news - you have to do them every day. That means either get up 40 minutes earlier, or set aside 40 minutes in the evening to do them...
Sit-Ups.... various degrees of difficulty but start easy. Why not! If you can manage 3 reps (repetitions or 'lots of-' 10 then you are doing really well... If you can only do 5... fine... just make sure that the next day do 6. Miracles dont happen! They take time.
If you can only hold a partial plank for 30 seconds then fine - if you can hold a full plank for a minute fantastic... if you can hold a push-up plank for 3 minutes... then fabulous... but it may take you 6 months to get from one degree of difficulty to the next.But its no good being able to do this if you don't do it EVERY DAY.
Trick is small changes and consistency. Don't slack off, don't think "oh sod-it".... or there is no one to blame but you for your flabbiness. Sorry... harsh words are often the truest.