Of course, it's not fair to say that I went in without knowing what to expect. Truth be told, I did know what to expect because this wasn't my first rodeo. I've tried to lose weight before. The one thing that was different was that this time, I actually did it.
Because of my previous, unsuccessful journeys, I already had an exercise bike. Early on in this journey, I picked up a set of moisture-wicking active wear. This helped me eliminate possible excuses. With the bike, I had no excuse to skip cardio. With the clothes, I couldn't say that I was "too hot" or "too sweaty."
It is incredibly important that you make preparations prior to your lifestyle change to reduce the risk of "relapse." You can start at any moment, but as you go along, you'll want to make sure that you have what you need to make your journey a little easier. Old habits die hard, so it's up to you to have what you need to stay on track. Not to mention, purchasing new goodies for your exercise routine is also a good way to stay motivated!
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For your workouts, you should have at least one piece of workout equipment, whether it's a machine for cardio (bike, elliptical, etc.), resistance bands, or weights. As long as you have some way to complete daily cardio and challenge yourself during strength training, then you're off to a great start!
For my daily cardio, I use the Stamina Air Resistance Exercise Bike. It is an elliptical bike, meaning that the handle bars move as you pedal to give you an extra workout.
For low-impact workouts, try a treadmill for walking. The Weslo Cadence Treadmill is a great choice and is affordable.
I highly recommend compression pants, moisture-wicking tops, and a high-quality, supportive sports bra. If possible, you should have two specific workout outfits, that way you can use one when the other is in the wash. Amazon has some great activewear for plus-sized women.
If you're looking for a cheaper workout, then try resistance bands!
Microwaveable meal prep containers are also necessary if you're trying to eat clean. Books are also a great way to read up and research so that you have more knowledge on what you're doing and how to get to know your body so that you know exactly what it needs. The Shredded Chef features 120 recipes for eating clean, building lean muscle, and staying healthy.
Whey protein is a must, especially if you're not getting enough protein from your daily diet. I like to have a chocolate protein powder mixed in with almond milk. There is also grassfed whey protein and hemp protein supplements that you can try.
You can also get a fitness inspiration journal to help keep you motivated. For me, I just use SparkPeople. I use the fitness and food trackers and the forums. It's a great tool and it's 100% free!
While this list may seem overwhelming, it's just a general guide to get you on your way to a healthier lifestyle. If there is anything else that you'd like to add, feel free to leave a comment!