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How One Instagram Post Changed My Life
Last year July 2020 was the very first time that I ever set any fitness goals. Every year I had a simple goal to stay fit but that’s it. Nothing too detailed or planned out. Just eat healthy food and workout out whenever I can was my strategy.
Isn’t that good enough to reach my goal? Because that’s what all books, podcasts, blog posts, and memes say — 80% diet and 20% exercise is the key to good health.
I’ve had a healthy lifestyle for 8 years now, so working out and eating healthy came easy to me.
Yet, I didn’t have my desired body and it never seemed to go no matter what I did.
So I did something differently in 2021, I penned down my goals. There was a step-by-step method, of course.
This method helped me
get muscle definition
lower body fat
gain muscle mass
become mindful on what I eat and do!
Step 1: Identify your why
First, let’s figure out — why you want to work on your fitness. Maybe it’s weight loss, weight gain, want to become more active, or trying to fit in your favorite jeans or dress you brought ages ago but now couldn’t get in.
If you got up this morning and thought about working out, then said not today? why is that?
Step 2: Create your workout schedule
Draft a timeline and plan your workout based on your scheduled. Either it is morning, afternoon or during lunch break. Set the 30 minutes aside as you will do with any other important work.
Step 3: Create monthly goals that align with your primary goal
By what month do you want to attain a smaller goal? Create your own work out that mixes with cardio and high intensity training in a way that it will allow to meet your goals.
Have a rest day. Recovery is as important as working out.
Step 4: Set Micro Goals
Choose to be healthy because you deserve it, choose to nourish your body with nutritious food, and choose to eat that donut when you really want it.
Create small actionable which help us get closer to where you want to be.
Step 5: Retrospect Your Progress
Life happens, and it’s okay to not go as per your set timelines. will help you to understand your body and its strength. Compare your progress every week to make sure you are improving.
Reflect each month on
what went well
what could be improved
what we commit to improve next week or next month
Take notes or maintain a diary or use fitness watch to keep track of all of your activities in a day.
Step 6: Learn to enjoy the process
The key is to add more mindfulness in your workout is ENJOY what you do and add purpose to it.
Once you find your purpose, stick with it.
On your low days, get back to your purpose why you started it. I am sure, it will help you to get up and start working towards your fitness goals.
Last but not least, no matter what, Love and Forgive yourself.
That is the best gift you can give to YOURSELF.
Lastly, Always remember, you can concur a mountain with small steps and it is never too late to have a “first” day.
All the best!
Now the time for that Instagram post
My very first post on Medium that started my writing journey and
made me mindful of my habits last year actually
was inspired from one of my Instagram Posts.
This post made me to be more consistent with my workout habits and allow me to identify and experiment various things to make health a priority.
You can read the post here:
Until next time
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Until then, I will see you next week.
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