I used to be quite overweight and out of shape so one day, I decided to take the plunge and join Gold’s Gym which is near my workplace.
At first, I wasn’t really sure what I was doing. I would just go to the gym and use whatever equipment was available. But after a few sessions, I realized I needed to come up with a plan if I was going to see real results.
So, I did some research and put together a workout routine that would help me lose weight and tone my body. Let me share my experience with you in this post.
Sticking to a Routine
I started going to the gym 3 days a week, and I would spend about an hour and a half each session. I would start with some cardio, usually on the treadmill and would do about 30 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio to get my heart rate up and burn some calories.
After this, I would move on to strength training, alternating between upper body and lower body workouts.
I started tracking my weight and measurements, and weighed myself once a week. I measured my waist, hips, and thighs every 2 weeks. The numbers helped me stay motivated and see the progress I was making, even when the changes weren’t immediately visible.
Sticking with It
It wasn’t always easy to stick to my workout routine. There were days when I just didn’t feel like going to the gym. But I reminded myself of my goals and how far I had come. I also made sure to mix things up and try new exercises to keep my workouts interesting.
After three months of sticking to my workout routine, I had lost 20 pounds and several inches off my waist, hips, and thighs. I felt stronger and more confident, and I knew that I had made a positive change in my life.
It wasn’t always easy, the hard work and dedication paid off in the end.
My Personal “Eating to Lose Weight” Guide
At the start my weight loss journey, I cut out all junk food, sugary drinks, and processed foods from my diet and focused on eating whole, nutrient-dense foods that would fuel my body and support my weight loss goals.
One of the most important things that I did was meal planning. I’d spend a few hours every Sunday planning out my meals for the week ahead. This helped me stay on track and avoid making impulsive decisions when it came to food.
In addition to meal planning, I also made sure to develop healthy eating habits. I would eat small, frequent meals throughout the day to keep my metabolism going, and made sure to eat a protein-rich breakfast every morning to keep me full and satisfied.
I drank plenty of water throughout the day, as hydration is key when it comes to weight loss. I would aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and I would also have herbal tea in the evenings to help me relax and unwind.
Another important aspect of my weight loss journey was portion control. I would measure out my food and make sure that I was eating the appropriate serving sizes. This helped me avoid overeating and stay on track with my weight loss goals.