The Zero to Hero Fitness Guide

Tired of that not-so-sweet muffin top, jiggly jello arms, and saggy bottom swag? You’ve already determined that you want to get fit but the journey is a jungle. With information being thrown at you left and right saying the latest studies recommend eating three gummy bears and drinking lemon, cayenne pepper, tomato juice three times a day just to lose five pounds in a week. It’s enough to make our heads spin and leave us feeling confused, frustrated and ready to give up (as well as turn to our best friends Ben and Jerry for some comfort).

WAIT! Before you dip that spoon into a mooshy mess of creamy cold sugary regret, let me make it simple for you. This is your GET FIT SURVIVAL GUIDE for both beginners and those of you who are looking to level up. Consider this your starting line on the long marathon of a journey to health and happiness. Game on!

1) Set achievable goals with deadlines and share them with others, either friends or online fitness communities such as Bodybuilding.com

Image lets you create a personal profile to set goals and record your current stats as well as connect with other members with weight-loss and muscle building goals. It’s like Facebook for fitties! Bodybuilding.com also has all the tools you need to find a free fitness plan (designed by professional trainers and fitness models) that suites your personal needs and desired goals.

2) Track your intake and progress

You’d be surprised to find that a grande white chocolate mocha has as many calories as most desserts! In fact a grande white chocolate mocha has almost double the calories of a single slice of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting! Pardon the pun, but that’s a whole latte sugar and calories! Don’t fret yet because with tools like My Fitness Pal and Bodybuilding.com (both available as apps) you can calculate just how many mochas fit into your diet.

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(photo credit: Starbucks.com and weight-loss blogger, Jenny)

Image has the nutritional information for nearly every food under the sun, fast food included! If it’s not on the site you can add the nutrition information yourself and get it checked by other users.

3) Get educated and motivated!

You start out with a fiery desire to burn up some extra calories and chisel some lick-able washboard abs but it’s so easy to get overwhelmed and impatient when the results aren’t immediately apparent. Knowledge is power, and in this case it’s absolutely necessary to your fitness success. Workouts, advice and interviews with fitness pros are excellent information as well as inspiration! Check out CutandJacked.com Image

or SimplyShredded.com Image when you’re feeling discouraged and you’re sure to remember why you started this fitness journey in the first place. No one said it would be easy, but it will be worth it! What motivates you?

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