Updated: Feb 10, 2020
How many times have you scrolled through the gram and admired the next person because their bodies were POPPIN’, abs are GLISTENING, and their booty gave a peach a run for their money? Don’t feel ashamed, I am right there with you admiring!
There is no problem with admiring. The problem that arises, is the fixation and comparison of what you do not have compared to what they are broadcasting. Remember, social media is a marketing platform.
Most of your Fitness Influencers have put in YEARS to perfect their craft! There have been so many times when future and established clients come to me and want “Quick Fixes” for what they deem to be a problem area.
Sis, listen up. There is NO SUCH THING as a quick fix. The term quick fix is made to draw you in and give false sense of hope. Scientifically, it takes at least 14 – 21 days to see SOME form of change. Let me let you in on a secret. Majority of the quick weight loss diets or exercise challenges are successful BECAUSE of their strict regimens. I bet I got you thinking now.
“How do I know this?”
“Hush girl, you just hating…”
Nope, no hating. Let’s state facts. Depending on your startingbody fat percentageit can take up to 3 months to a YEAR for you to get any form of definition in your abs. This does not even factor in what your nutrition lifestyle looks like. Your macronutrients play an even bigger factor than weightlifting alone. That’s another post we’ll have to wait on that one.
Now… I am not telling you this for you to be discouraged. I want you to understand that patience is a virtue.
“Your health is an investment, not an expense.” - Anonymous
The best way to get started is to look at your diet. Eliminate items that could be detrimental to your healthy lifestyle.
1. Cut the sugars, stop drinking the lemonades, don’t sneak candy and sweets saying “only one bite won’t hurt”because one bite turns into two then three then we’re in trouble. Swap out these sweets for fruits, veggies, unsweetened drinks. Use Splenda instead of sugar. Increase your protein intake. CARBS ARE YOUR FRIEND. Know the difference between simple and complex carbohydrates. Limit the simple (ie. White bread, pasta, white rice etc.) bulk up on the complex.
Once that’s done, the harder part starts…
2. Make a plan and stick with it! Hold yourself accountable. Don’t make excuses. This will be detrimental to your progress. If you’re making a 30-day challenge with yourself. Have a friend join you, you don’t have to do it alone!
“You must do what others don’t, to achieve what others won’t.”
Getting your dream body does not have to be difficult. Take little steps. Don’t rush the process and above all else BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.
“Your love for what you do and willingness to push yourself where others aren’t prepared to go is what will make you great.”
- Lauren Shahlaei
Embrace. Encourage. Evolve.