Fat Girl Fitness

3 Fitness Tips For Beginners

These 3 fat girl fitness tips will help keep you on track tor reach your fitness goals!
Working out is really more of a mental battle than physical. The gym seems to give a lot of people anxiety, it’s full of people seemingly much further in their journey than you but it really all stems down to comparison. (speaking from experience!) More than anything, know that there is only one competitor for you to compare yourself, YOU. Focus on being better than you were yesterday.
1) Whenever, wherever you decide to work out, give it 1000%.
The only person whose going to truly be able to make a difference for you is you. You can follow as many fitness instagrams, read as many articles, and buy all the quick fix solutions you want but until you decide you ARE worth living a healthy, fulfilled life and committed to the JOURNEY, it will always seem like a unattainable goal. Ultimately, only you will know if you cheat on your reps or if you are only giving 65%. But you are also the only one who has to live with the results of those decisions. I believe every rep counts, every bit of effort you spend on your body it reacts to it, whether visible or not. So don’t cut corners, don’t rush the process, just show up and work hard every time.
2) STAY IN YOUR LANE. Don’t compare yourself to other people.
The WORST thing to do in fitness, and life as a whole, is to compare yourself to someone else. Everyone’s journey is different, every BODY is different and that’s what makes life so damn beautiful. It would be a boring, redundant world if everyone was the same, trust me, it’d get old real quick if for some reason that sounds appealing to you. I’m so thankful for a God that cares enough about us that He created us as unique individuals with callings special to each of us. In regards to fitness, don’t be jealous of someone that’s further in their fitness journey than you. Honestly, you have NO idea where they started from or what work they’ve put in to get to where they are today. Use it as motivation to continue on your own journey and to continue to improve. The only person you should be trying to best is the person you were yesterday.
3) Food isn’t the enemy. Not listening to your body is.
I use to have a really terrible relationship with food. Emotional eating is not uncommon in women (or people in general) and definitely not the ones in my family so of course I picked up the habit. I have always been a chunky kid and throughout adolescence that negative relationship with food was further embedded in my mind. It has not been until recently as an adult, as a mother, that I have re-evaluated what food is for and how I should feel towards it. Food is the fuel for life, it’s not only necessary but beautiful. To me, a foodie, I find food to expressive of the person cooking it and there is art in that. So although I love brisket mac and cheese and doughnut ice-cream sandwiches, the fact is that I feel better when I eat more consciously than when I give in to every indulgence so I try to do that more consistently than not. The important thing to remember is there is NOT “good” or “bad” food – it’s either dense in nutrition or it isn’t. You don’t have to completely deprive yourself, but always show your body the love and respect it deserves by eating thoughtfully.
Basically, do you and leave everything better than you found it.
Peace,
Jamie 

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    Amy @ Salt and Skillet
    June 25, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    These are such great tips that a lot of people don’t think about when they’re starting out with exercise. They might be so focused on the “how,” “how long,” or maybe even the idea that exercise is a punishment – a limiting belief that even I’m trying to retrain my brain to eliminate! Putting in the effort for a workout isn’t a punishment, it’s EMPOWERMENT. Your body is so much stronger than you think – push it and just see if you CAN go an extra ten seconds running, or an extra 20 feet.

    In the same light, healthy food isn’t punishment, either – it’s literally nourishment! Heck yes I love me some brownies, chocolate, donuts, pizza, chips, etc etc….we ALL do. But you’d better believe I’m craving sauteed greens, roasted veggies, fresh salads, sweet fruits, and earthy, delicious nuts and seeds just as hard as I’m craving the less nutritious food. It’s all about balance!

    And comparing yourself to others is just a no-no all around. I’ve struggled with that my whole life, and am finally learning to compare myself to my past self. As long as I’m better than where I was, I’m kicking butt. Sure, I’ll look to others for motivation here and there, but ultimately it’s down to discipline to keep on going. Rather than be jealous of others and putting yourself down, make a vision board! Visualize yourself becoming more like that person that you’re comparing yourself to, and take the actions to get there.

    Great tips, so glad I found this blog! 🙂

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      stilljamieblog
      June 26, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      I love this comment Amy!! You are absolutely correct, it’s all about balance and finding what ways you can be active that you find enjoyment in. Comparison is definitely the thief of joy and only HINDERS progress! Glad you found Still Jamie too! <3 Thank you for the love! - Jamie

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