5 tips for beginners

I cannot STAND looking at these old pictures. It bugs me. So unhappy. I was around 215 or 220 pounds?  Not exactly sure since I dread the scale. Clothes shopping was pretty much out of the question. If I needed something then I would find something that would cover me up completely. It was a struggle.

Should I wear something tight fitting so I didn’t make myself look bigger than I actually was?  Should I wear something loose fitting so I felt more comfortable so people could not see my body?

I would fill my closet with shoes and accessories instead. Retail therapy in an attempt to make myself feel better.

Hanging out with smaller sized people made me feel like a giant. Even though I’m only 5’6″.

I know this mindset is not the case for everyone. If it’s not you, I would be very happy for you. Because living in this way was the worst.

I know what it’s like to be a beginner. So I thought I’d share 5 things that might help.

1. Skip all of the destructive ways of losing weight. No pills, wraps, surgery, laxatives, or starving yourself.

2. Focus HARD on food. No sugar, no grains, no alcohol. Eat mostly vegetables, moderate protein, healthy fat, Limited fruit and limited dairy. Try to drink close to a gallon of water per day.

3. For fitness just do what you CAN. Being overweight myself I know how hard it is. Push-ups are next to impossible at first. Do them on your knees. Modify the heck out of the exercise!  Or if it’s an hour workout, do 5 minutes and tomorrow 10 minutes, the next day 15 minutes, etc.

4. Get a support system. It can be a friend, neighbor, spouse, sibling. Find someone who you can count on.

5. Don’t give up. Remember EVERYONE starts as a beginner.

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12 thoughts on “5 tips for beginners

  1. This was a really good post, great advice to remember as a beginner 🙂

  2. Thank you for this tips very motivational this is just what i need Just I looked in some of my photos but when i was in good shape 🙂 i would like to be again so i started with healthy food and exercises.

    1. There ya go! Great job!!

  3. Its hard to look at old photos but so important to see how far you’ve come – I find them inspiring rather than embarrassing. Congratulations on your achievements!

    1. Awe. Thanks Emma! Good reminder.

  4. Great tips! Getting started is the hardest part and you wake it sound doable.

  5. You look amazing. Thank you for sharing this fabulous tips!

  6. It’s funny bc this isn’t beginner at all. This is how to be healthy! Nothing crazy is needed.

    1. Sometimes we over complicate things. Right??? I do!

  7. Wonderful tips. My friends are always my support system

    1. That’s awesome!

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