Let’s face it. The journey to completely change your diet and keep a consistent exercise routine takes a lot of work and constant effort. It’s a lifelong commitment, but it can be so tempting to give up on your fitness goals. Everyone has a different ideal of what they see as the body of their dreams. Muscle definition, six pack abs, or bulging biceps are not everyone’s idea of how they would like their body to look. At SkinnyMs. we believe the number one priority is to have good health. Having toned arms, triceps, and glutes can be achieved by adapting a clean eating lifestyle and incorporating regular exercise.
You’re over 50.
You may be thinking that once you reach a certain age, you should just learn to live with the body you have. While learning to be content is never a bad thing, it doesn’t mean you have to settle! If you want leaner thighs, a flatter tummy, more sculpted arms, or allover weight loss, this is the perfect time to go after it.
Just ask SkinnyMs. co-founder Gale Compton! At the age of 54, Gale has the body of her dreams, after years of on-and-off dieting. Gale found that going back to basics – eating right and exercising regularly – can help anyone not only achieve their weight loss goals, but also help them get the body they’ve always wanted. Learn more about Gale’s total body transformation here.
Another thing to consider if you’re over 50 is that your metabolism may need a boost to get you started. As we age, our metabolism slows, making it harder for us to lose weight. Check out these tips on how to rev up your metabolism.
We realize that losing 30, 40, 50, or even 100 or more pounds can be an incredibly daunting task. The physical strain of exercising alone is exhausting, plus needing to overhaul your eating habits can seem overwhelming.
Do what you can, when you can, and never give up. Take baby steps. For example, if you have a sweet tooth, don’t try to give up dessert altogether. Instead, try switching to healthier desserts in smaller portions. You can also keep plenty of sweet fruits – like apples, bananas and grapes – nearby to help curb your cravings.
Another baby step you can take is to cut your portion sizes. Try using a smaller plate (some people even use the kind of divided plates made for kids). Start by taking less food than your normally take, then gradually get in the habit of knowing the appropriate portion sizes for different types of foods. For instance, half of your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables, and your meat portion should be about the size of your palm.
When it comes to exercise, start with a beginner program and then gradually move up from there. Starting off with a challenging routine will leave you exhausted and frustrated. Many people who have lost weight start with a simple exercise routine like taking their dog for a walk each day. Take a look at these other great ideas for beginners’ workouts.
You’ve given up.
We tend to get the impression that we have “failed” if we backslide in our efforts to eat right and exercise. This is not a competition, and no one is grading you. There are unlimited opportunities for you to pick yourself up again and try again.
The important thing for you is to find your motivation. What do you really want to accomplish? Increased confidence? More energy? Better overall health and well-being? Try writing down your goals on a sticky note and posting it to your mirror. You can also find a friend or group that will help encourage and even join you on your journey.
You can also improve your “self-talk” habits. Stop mentally harming yourself and become your best advocate instead. Tell yourself you CAN do this, and make sure to give yourself a mental pat on the back each time you make any steps in the right direction, no matter how big or small.
To read more about ways to keep motivated, check out 9 Steps to Fat Loss Motivation, Tips for Staying Motivated, and Secrets to Staying Motivated in Your Fitness Program.
As long as you keep going, we know you will get there!
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