Living a healthy lifestyle is not about strict diet limitations, trying to be unrealistically thin or depriving yourself of the foods you love. For me, it’s all about feeling great, having more energy, improving my outlook on life and stabilising my mood.
There is some very overwhelming and conflicting diet advice out there, don’t be discouraged, you’re not alone.
Let me help you cut thought all this confusion and learn how to create a healthier lifestyle that is good for mind and body.
Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain weight, build muscle, become fitter, feel better, feel stronger, have more energy, check out these tips to help achieve a healthier improved you.
I’ve had quite a few of you reaching out to me asking me about tracking progress, so I thought I would share my advice with you all…
I don’t recommend weighing yourself, personally I like to take progress pictures and measurements to track my progress.
I recommend taking progress pics at the same time of day, in the same light, on a fortnightly basis. Taking one from the front, back and both sides, full body shots. I like to use the app PicCollage to put them side by side. It’s easier to see your progress when you put the pictures side by side. Also by taking full body shots , you can see changes all over not just focus on one area.
• Try to take your pics in the same sports bra and shorts/undies.
• I like to take my pics first thing, but it’s entirely up to you.
• Changes might not be dramatic, but when you line the pics up you will clearly be able to see changes.
When I measure myself I take measurements from:
• Chest- at the fullest point
• Waist-at the narrowest point under ribs, above belly button
• Belly button-self explanatory
• Hips-at the fullest point
• Arms-both, around fullest point
• Thigh-both, around fullest point
• Calf-both, around fullest point
I like to do these on a weekly basis. That way you can visually see your progress written down.
Bear in mind that a pound of fat and a pound of muscle, may weigh the same but their appearance is completely different.
Muscle is far denser than fat, so as you lose weight and gain muscle, your body composition will change dramatically and clothes fit will change but the scale may not. Do not be discouraged. This is why measuring and progress pics are much more encouraging and motivating.
I would love to hear your thoughts on tracking progress, how do you do it? For me this is definitely the most encouraging and motivating way to keep getting stronger and fitter.
Remember my friend you are always flawsome, no matter what!!
I’ll leave it there for now…
Keep smashing it!
Lots of love,
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