The most important part of getting in shape is admitting you have a problem. My problem was that I had an unhealthy life style. Yes, my brain chemistry played a key role, but I still needed to face the physical problem.
Step 1: Take a look at yourself.
I had my husband take some candid photos of my body. I was in denial about how bad it was getting. He was concerned about my breathing when I slept and he recorded my snoring! My clothes were size 22 already. I asked my biokinetisist to help me calculate my BMI and Body Fat %.
This is me…
On 6 January 2015: 103.8 kg, BMI 33.8, BF% 48 %, hips 120 cm.
In simple terms half my weight was fat and I was Obese.
Step 2: Set goals
In Life Orientation I teach the S.M.A.R.T. goalsetting method every year, yet this is the first time I would be applying it to myself.
Be specific: I want to lose 2 kg per month, and 24 kg for the year.
This is measurable as I can weigh and measure myself. It also sets a time-frame. It is attainable because 2 kg is not so much, which also makes it realistic.
Step 3: support system
You have to be held accountable for your actions. Someone needs to check up on you because self motivation sometimes fails.
I started a Whatsapp group with my friends and biokinetisist. On the 6th of every month I weigh in and post the results. Then I choose a motivational theme for the month and post it. Sometimes they post their results and sometimes they send a cool motivation.
Step 4: Work it!
No pain no gain. Sweat it out! Vasbyt!
Look. There are no shortcuts. Good Luck in finding one. I’ll talk about my first three months next time.