This is for those of you who are ready to lose weight, but have no idea where to begin.  You’re an absolute newbie to fitness and have never picked up a dumbbell before in your life.  You probably don’t know what a dumbbell is and most definitely don’t know how to use one.  Diet?  You’ve never been on one, but from what you’ve heard they don’t sound too fun.  No, you don’t know much about losing weight, but you do know it’s about time you did it.  You do know you’re tired of your pants being too tight.  You’re tired of feeling self-conscious about your appearance.  And you’re tired of feeling so blah, all the time.  I mean you’re so young, shouldn’t you be abound with endless energy?  But instead, you’re gasping for breath after two minutes of jogging.  You’re sick of your situation and you want to change…but how exactly?

If I just described your life almost too accurately, it’s probably because I have firsthand experience in all of the above.  Just like you, I was a total newbie to anything fitness related.  My daily routine consisted of eating whatever and however much I wanted (which was rarely anything of nutritious substance) and sitting on my well-fed bottom all day long.   The idea of exercise other than the laps I was forced to run (well, attempted to run) in gym class was unfathomable.  I mean why would anyone want to run on purpose?

Then one day, just like you, I realized enough was enough and I needed to lose weight.  So I did.  I went from over fed under exercised fitness newbie, to a 100 pound lighter marathon running health and fitness advocate.  Yep, I’ve changed a bit and so can you.  Now, here’s a couple ways to get you started.

Start Moving

You need to exercise not only to lose weight, but for your health and well-being.  Don’t psych yourself out by thinking you have to jump into some crazy intense workout regime.  As a beginner it’s best to start slow.  Grab your headphones and start walking.  Aim to walk at least 30 minutes every day either outside or on the treadmill. I started out doing just this.  I was so out of shape that doing anything more was just too hard.  So I took it slow and did what I could, building up my fitness and endurance every time I went for a walk.  I went from having a near death experience every time I tried to run to running miles at a time with ease.  You have to start somewhere.

Eat Mindfully

You may not know that much about calories and carbs and all that other diet related stuff, but I bet you do know that an apple is better for you than a donut.  And I’m pretty sure you know that nobody really should eat an entire pint of ice cream by themselves in one sitting.  You don’t have to go cold turkey and eat nothing but broccoli and carrots, but you do have to pay attention to your eating habits.  Before you eat something, ask yourself if you could eat something even healthier (ex: apple over donut, grilled chicken over fried chicken)?  Are you going for that second helping because you’re still hungry or because it tastes good?  Do you really want to finish everything on your plate or are you just eating it because it’s there?  Think before you eat.  You need to be more aware of what you’re putting into your body and how it’s directly connected to your growing waist-line.  The ten pounds you gained since last year didn’t just magically appear on your body.  The french-fries, frappuccino’s, and cheese nachos most definitely had something to do with it.

Now that you know how to start, don’t stop.  You’re not going to lose a ton of weight after following my advice for one day.  It doesn’t work like that.  You have to work at it every single day if you’re ever going to see results.  But it’s really not so hard once you get started.  Just remember that every day is a chance to do better and get closer to your weight loss goals.  Start now. The sooner the better!

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