So, the long weekend for Merdeka has just ended and most of us probably partied hard and rather than a cheat day we had cheat weekend. I mean there is nothing wrong with that, but for those people who are thinking that they want to jump back on the bandwagon of getting in shape, it seems a bit daunting. But, FRET NOT my friends, I am here to try and stop your anxieties.
First of all, you need to START SMALL AND MAKE REALISTIC GOALS. You are not a machine, you need to be able to know your capabilities. For example, if you think that you have the ability to lose 2 kg in a week with exercise and eating well, then go for it! But, if you know realistically that you can't, do set that goals because you will be disappointed at the end or you may push yourself too hard and it could hurt you physically and mentally. The last thing that you want to do is blame yourself for not having enough discipline.
Second of all and probably the most important thing in my mind is STAY AWAY FROM THE CRASH DIETS. While crash diets may seem like the ideal thing to do to lose weight quickly, it will not last. When you start one, you get excited because you seem to see results instantly. I am sure that all of you have heard of yo-yo dieting, most of you hear the good things about it, but it actually hurts in the long run and can damage your metabolism and make it harder to control your weight when you really want to properly lose weight.
Third, and something that I have learned from personal experience. DON'T STEP ON THAT SCALE. While you want to check on your progress, you might end up getting shot in the foot. When I work out, I am one of those people that instantly want to see results, well obviously that is not the case. So, when I see that nothing has changed, it ultimately kills my motivation and I just stop everything and give up.
Finally, NEVER QUIT. The worst thing that you can do to yourself is quit something that you have worked so hard for. You need to realize that there will be ups and downs. There will be days where you don't feel like going to the gym, you feel like having that bowl of ice cream, but that means that you just need to work hard in the gym or with your diet the next few days.
My personal journey to weight loss has been an uphill battle. There has been so many ups and downs, that there are points where I have said "eh. Forget it" I will be fine without working out. But, with the right motivation I dropped about 20 kg in about 8 months. Don't beat yourself up if you want to go out and have a night out with friends, go eat a cray meal, or treat yourself to decadent desserts. YOLO, as the kids say these days. So enjoy yourself.