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  • Biggest Challenges

     Cornelia updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago 7 Members · 11 Posts
  • Cornelia

    Member
    October 16, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Being a Warrior for almost two years now, I learned that one of the main factors of failure during the first program is, that people try to do too much too fast and all at once. Change is difficult. That’s why it is easiest to make a plan when starting something new, for example a new program. Let’s say you never worked out before, you don’t eat healthy and you do not have a good sleep routine or any routine for that matter. If you start off jumping in trying to get up at 5am, meal prep to perfection, count macros, workout every day and so on.. Chance is it will be overwhelming within the first few weeks and you will just throw in the towel. I suggest when you start off to commit to do a program for two rounds.

    On the first round for the first 4 weeks focus on getting all the workouts in. Does not matter if you do them in the morning or end of day. Whatever works. If you cannot find time to do all the circuits, just commit to doing two rounds of all exercises instead of all 3. It is not about being perfect, its about making a habit .

    If you already figured out how to meal prep, great. If you still struggle with that, just focus on the first few weeks to go to healthier choices. Grab the fruit instead of a chocolate bar, but don’t feel bad or punish yourself if you end up following old patterns. Those are hard to break. The first 4 weeks are to focus on working out consistently so that will be your first goal. Progress is any improvement from who you were prior to who you want to become. You are your own competition so to become a better you should be your focus.

    On the following 4 weeks keep up the workouts and add more focus on nutrition. Learn a bit about food, read some articles on how to meal prep. Try new recipes. Once you become more familiar with the foods you enjoy and find new foods to add to your list, meal prep and figuring out what your body needs will become much easier. Try to plan out what you gonna eat for the month. Print a calendar and fill in ideas of what you would like to eat for each meals, focus on good quality protein, whole grain carbs and some healthy fats. Counting macros is not as difficult as people think it is (I could make a post focused on that if anyone is interested, let me know in the comments). Every food has certain amount of calories and certain macros (carbs, fat and protein). And as funny as it is, it is not that exact. Calories shown on packaging for example only has to be within 20% in accuracy. That means whatever portion size they say has 100 calories, it might be 20% more than that, or 20% less or anything in between. I need you to know that so you can stop obsessing that you are 5g away from your protein goal. It is not that big of a deal girl! 🙂 Anyways, that’s a topic for another day.

    After both of those (regular workouts and healthy food choices) became more natural to you, you can play with a morning and night routine to set yourself up for success. Be mindful, have a going to bed routine can be so helpful in achieving good sleep quality and then will make you be more energized for the day. Do something just for yourself, silence the business of life for 10 minutes to just be to yourself. It can be hard with kids yelling and everyone wanting something. But remember, you are someone and just like you want to give a lot to everyone around you, you also deserve to give to yourself.

    Your second round will go much smoother than the first, which is why I always recommend to finish round one instead of starting over. Starting over never does any good. Often it just discourages us and puts us in this cycle or downwards spiral. The first round can be super messy with missed workouts and weekend mess ups on the nutrition part but once you completed it you did it. And you can do it again. And again, and again.. 🙂

  • Stephanie

    Member
    October 16, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    This was great to read and I totally agree. This is not my first rodeo but I can’t say I have great habits either which is why I’m here…to change that. I will admit I want to follow the program perfectly, but I know that’s not always going to be possible.

    Please post about macro counting. If you have an easy way of doing it I’m interested. I currently use MyFitnessPal to log my meals and count macros. It’s easy but I’d still like to understand the math behind it!

    • Cornelia

      Member
      October 16, 2021 at 4:12 pm

      I will check if I can upload larger videos on here to possibly make a little class. I definitely update once I figured it out. It took me quite some time to figure out what works for me and be able to maintain. It is ok to take the time to learn and revise. I am sure you got much better at a lot of things since you started and as long as you keep the upward trend you will succeed.

  • Shaza

    Member
    October 16, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    Great advice, as usual 👍🏽. Will keep this in mind as I work on getting back on track.

  • Edna

    Member
    October 16, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    OMG…..I LOVE THIS! There is so me because even with the meal plan I’m struggling to find what my body will respond too. Besides what you just given us, is there any foods you can suggest for someone who carries most of their body fat in their mid-section?

    • Cornelia

      Member
      October 16, 2021 at 4:06 pm

      the easiest way to track what your body works with well is to eat the same foods for one week and take note in a journal how you feel after eating each meal. Then see which meals made you feel bloated or made you feel good and then change ingredients that could be responsible for negative responses. It will take time but it is the best way to remove ingredients you are sensitive to.

  • Anabel

    Member
    October 18, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks do much for these words of wisdom 🙂

  • Chante’

    Member
    October 18, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    This was great and so on point! I am that person that tries to do everything right and ALWAYS end up not completing anything. I keep spending money and wasting time buying stuff and either not using it or cooking it and throwing it away 😩 This is a vicious cycle and it needs to stop 🛑 I’m getting tired of it! I’ve gotten a bit smarter and more focused about what’s at hand this time around and only bought what is needed for one week and use what I already have at home. No need to keep re-buying the same shit 🤨 Anywho…thx for that! Lesson learned the hard way 😕

    • Cornelia

      Member
      October 20, 2021 at 1:43 pm

      Don’t feel bad! We all have been there and that’s why we know. The best way to learn is through experience so just consider it one more thing that counts towards your goal 🤗 and keep us posted how it’s going. You can tag me if you update your profile with news if you needed help.

  • Zahra Elhossaini

    Member
    October 20, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Yes please I would like a post on counting macros and what each food consists of! Great post, it resonates so much with how I’m feeling atm.

    • Cornelia

      Member
      October 20, 2021 at 1:44 pm

      I will see what the video max is to upload and maybe make a video.

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