Small Changes = Big Results

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, right? Especially when it comes to weight-loss or trying to get healthy.

Well I certainly hope that it’s true because I’m adopting it as my motto for the next couple of months! 

Here are the “small” changes I am planning to adopt in order to see some big results. (When I say “big” results, I mean any results at all. After not making much progress on my health and fitness at the end of 2015, anything I can see as progress — running/walking farther & faster, gaining strength, and yes, weight loss — will be a huge plus!)

Eatin’

My plan is fairly simple: 

The first two are daily struggles that I’m hoping to change little by little. The more often I bring my lunch, and the more often I cook dinner, the less I will be eating more calories. Even when I do make good choices when eating out, I inevitably eat more calories than I would at home.

I’ll be tracking those calories using the MyFitnessPal app. You may be thinking, “Wasn’t she doing Weight Watchers?” Ah! You’re so observant! Well, I’ve decided to give it a break for now. One reason is my gym membership has gone up a little, so I want to put the WW fee toward that. Another is that I’ve been really unhappy with their app. It’s constantly malfunctioning and not nearly as easy to use as MFP. So for right now, I’m just feelin’ MFP and I’m going to say adios to WW. We’ll see how it goes!

Sweatin’

There’s no doubt that several years ago when I worked out 5-6 days a week, I felt remarkably better. My energy was better, I slept better and I just felt stronger and more confident.

I’m proud that I’ve kept up some form of workouts since then, but I’m looking for that type of commitment to myself again. So here’s the plan! 

Yup! I have a personal trainer for a little while! I’m very excited to work out with him a couple days a week, and I also plan to do Torque (similar to cross-fit), spinning, swim, walk/run go to SOL dance or yoga for the other 2-3 workouts. I think challenging myself in this way, and then mixing in other types of workouts will keep me pumped. Plus, I need to commit to stretching after every workout. I failed to do that a lot last year, and it left me sore.

Another thing that will keep me pumped? You! If you live in Birmingham and want to try a workout, let me know! And please join the health and fitness discussion on my Facebook group — Stellar Fit Fam!

Do you have any similar goals for the next couple of months? Tell me about them!

5 Comments on Small Changes = Big Results

  1. Laura Gallitz
    January 11, 2016 at 11:08 am (11 months ago)

    I am trying to track meals with MFP and activity with Fitbit. Since they are linked, I am having some success. Also, UAB Wellness has a My Fitness Rewards program where healthy activities get you points to be entered into drawings for prizes. I don’t need prizes, but I do love the idea of “You hit your steps goal. 50 points for you!” (Even if the points mean nothing.) I have a quarterly goal of losing 8 lbs. So I will have to step up (literally) to meet the challenge.

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    • stellarfashionandfitness
      January 11, 2016 at 9:07 pm (11 months ago)

      I love that reward program from UAB! So cool! And I’m having some technical difficulties linking FitBit with MFP 🙁 But in some ways, I think it’s good I don’t know how many calories I’m burning, so I can’t be tempted to eat them back! lol. We’ll see if that work! 😉 Good luck with your goal!

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  2. Sasha
    January 11, 2016 at 5:18 pm (11 months ago)

    I need to find you on MFP. I am the worst about taking the time to track. I need tooo!!!!!!

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    • stellarfashionandfitness
      January 11, 2016 at 9:05 pm (11 months ago)

      I’ll look you up! I’m under StellarJennifer.

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