A note to my followers:
First things first, I would like to start off by saying that I am not a licensed nutritionist, dietician, psychical trainer, or a doctor. I am just a 23-year-old student. :) With that being said, I am not here to write a meal plan or a work out guide for you. I can just simply give you tips and advice of information that I have gathered in my years of being a college athlete as well as research I have done along the way. This is my blog to track my progress of my transformation as well as my own opinions. I will add sources to the links I provide.
I feel obligated to mention that if any of you decide to start a new work out or try a diet plan, consult with your doctor. (Especially, if you are taking any type of medication or have a health problem.) That way your doctor can clear you for any type of exercise and/or diet changes and you can seek professional advice.
[I advise getting a notebook!]
1. Write your goal(s) down.
- Every new fitness journey or whatever it is you do in life consist of a goal - whether it is long term or short term. Write it down. What are you trying to achieve? Are you trying to lose weight? Gain weight? Eat healthier? Become a competitor? If so, what type?
- If you write your goals down on paper, it makes everything official. Anyone can simply “think” of their goal in their head. But to see it physically is a reminder of what it is you’re trying to obtain.
2. Do your research.
- Once you have established your goal. Begin researching diet plans, work out routines, look through magazines, etc. Something that is tailored towards you.
- If you decide to integrate lifting into your regiment, look up proper lifting techniques to avoid injury.
3. Stay consistent!
- Create a calendar with what days you want to work out. Again, when it is on paper, you can plan your days out accordingly.
- Create logs for your daily nutrition and log down your work outs and what you did to help maintain and track your progress.
- Take pictures! Pictures can help remind you why you’re doing your journey.
4. Change up your work outs.
- Ideally, you want to alternate your work outs. Make sure your body doesn’t get used to doing the same work every single day. You don’t want to hit the plateau effect.
5. Take care of your body!!!
- I strongly emphasize this because no one knows your body better but yourself. If you are starting to feel any type of pain, take a break. You do not want to over train your body.
- IF you decide to fight through the pain, you can actually prolong your journey.
IPHONE APPS THAT I HAVE:
I am not sure if these apps work for android but here are some worthy apps that I have on my iPhone that help me track progress along with other things.
- MyFitnessPal (free)
- Bodybuilding.com (free)
Other apps that I heard are great and worth checking out! *Compiling a list of calorie counting apps as well as lifting and exercise apps.*
- Lose It! (free)
- DailyBurn Tracker (free)
- My Macros+ ($2.99)
- Endomondo Sports Tracker (free)
Supplementing is not for everybody. Some people choose to do it and others not. Personally, I got into supplementing after I graduated college and completed my four years of softball. (For drug testing purposes…) Supplementing simply means that you’re “adding“ something to your diet. That something could be a dietary supplement or a nutritional supplement. It could kind of be like adding rims to your car. (Terrible analogy, I know, but I hope you get the point!) Now, just because you are adding a supplement to your diet does NOT mean that you are curing any type of problems or treating a condition.
Remember: IF you are considering taking supplements, DO YOU RESEARCH, read the labels, the dosages, and if you have other questions ask a professional. I cannot stress how important it is to research your desired supplement. You do not wan to put your