We recently asked the Sleekgeek community in our Facebook Discussion/Support Group: “If you could give one piece of advice to anyone starting their healthy journey, what would it be?”
Here are some of the awesome and candid responses that we received from real people in the community. People just like you who have all gone through the process of starting somewhere and facing different challenges along the way:
Candi Schietekat: Preparation.
Richard Bauer: Get your mind in it!
Zubayr Bhyat: Be informed. Start learning as much as possible about as many things as possible, the rest will come. The more a person is willing to take and give on small things, the easier the journey becomes.
Wesley David Muir: Consistency over time beats short term intensity.
Mark Grobbelaar: Be patient.
Simon Fishley: Have a plan and give it time to work.
Robert Miller: You need to be ready to make the change.
Rory Freeman: Figure out a way to make your new healthy lifestyle fun (so that you do it) and convenient (so that you keep doing it).
Debbie Rogers: Research… take a look at all the different options and decide which is workable for you. Go easy on yourself and remember it’s a journey, a few steps back won’t do you any harm in the long run.
Angela Cawcutt Schurink: Plan, plan, plan.
Chantelle Megan Badenhorst: Don’t beat yourself up if you “stumble” and eat a chocolate. You are at the starting line so don’t stop. Don’t give up.
Anthony Barkhuizen: You have to fight many battles before you can win the war.
Rory Freeman: Every person I’ve ever met that looks amazing (i.e. good body, that fit and healthy look) has been doing it for a LONG time. The lovely thing is: Exercise and eating regularly and sensibly, over a long time period, and the results WILL come. They are inevitable.
Jonathan Augustyn: Consistency is key. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Enjoy yourself.
Lauren Helene Parkes: You can’t expect to burn fat faster than it took you to put it on!
Chantell Föxy Brazer: Take it one minute at a time. One meal at a time and stay focused. Trust the process, be patient.
Stephne McGee: Do it every day. Don’t think about it, don’t negotiate with yourself, just do it, no exceptions. This includes eating and training.
Lenkoe Oa Mathaha: There’s no magic pill… Only hard work and more hard work.
Cherece Westraat: Make sure you don’t starve!
Ashley Galliard: Surround yourself with supportive people.
Eric Chowles: Find a way to remind yourself daily about your goals and why you are doing this.
Riaana Ray Brenner: Moderation, and nothing worth having – comes easy!! Hard work pays off at the end.
Debbie Gatt: No matter how fast you move, you are still lapping those sitting on the sofa.
Richard Bauer: Keep a progress report so you can see how far you’ve come, and not just how far you still have to go! Take pics, measurements and keep that item of clothing that was to tight for you, even when it’s to big. You will know when the time is right to throw it out.
Prava Ramphal: There is no quick fix to any lifestyle change. Commitment, determination, perseverance brings life-changing progress that is the reward for sustained good health and fitness.
Siyaam Mallick Richards: Patience.
David Harley: Have a fixed end goal with fixed intermediate goals.
Rayner Botha: Never miss a monday! Never miss more than 3 days in a row, don’t quit! It will not be overnight (4 years and counting). Eating healthy is even more important than training.
Tam Olckers: Be patient with yourself. If you fall off the wagon, it’s not the end of the world – dust yourself off and get back on. Above all, be gentle with yourself and foster a loving and respectful relationship with your body.
Simone Cameron: I would definitely recommend that you take pics of yourself, ugly half naked pics! Remember this is your own journey and it will be done in your own time. Don’t compare yourself to anybody else;)
Eilidh Venning: There is no failure, only feedback.
Amy-lee Pollard: Look forward; not back at what you’ve done in the past! No matter how small the achievement, it is and always will be an achievement.
Liz En James Jonker: Don’t give up… If you fall, get back up and keep going. The climb to the top is hard but the view is worth it.
Vicki Bedeman: Its 90% diet and 10% exercise. So don’t beat yourself up too much if you miss a workout. Make sure you stick to your new LIFESTYLE change in terms of food. It is so easy to stick to it. But be prepared to plan ahead and shop around to find things.
Kgadi Segwapa: NEVER give up. Stay away from the scale. Keep on keeping on.
Kobus Vorster: Take it minute by minute. Hour by hour. Day by day. If you can keep to your choice for a minute, then you can for and hour and the for a day and onwards.
If you make a mistake for one minute, do not let the day be a waste. Take it from the next minute and onwards.
Tia Taylor: Take it slow and drink lots of water.
Kyle Wright: Dont underestimate yourself. And bodycomposition is 99% diet , no pill is going to make you not fat.
Saskia Goldberg: Persevere, deep breaths and water…
Priscilla Anne Fick: The sacrifices are wortht it!
Katharine Liese: One. Day. At. A. Time.
Janine Catherine Salick: Tell yourself that you are beautiful and say “I love you.” When you start loving yourself everything else will fall into place.
Katharine Liese: Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.
Nicholas McCreath: Stop smoking.
Paul Benn: Know your goals and milestones… Knowing the journey, how you are going to get there, and what progress you made is half the mind battle.
Tamryn Wilkinson: Nothing will work unless you do.
Ruari Richardson: Set realistic goals.
Jo Rhodes: Stop rewarding yourself with food, you are not a dog.
Judy Smith De Lange: Believe in yourself and remember life is full of choices and only you can make the right choice. Just to make every day count so you can learn something every day.
Sunika Nattrass: You’re going to feel like giving up – don’t. It’s worth it in the end.
Marietta Piperis: Be prepared in the kitchen! Be prepared to see changes in your health! Be prepared for people to notice the changes in YOU! It is difficult at first but once you get going you can’t help embrace the lifestyle changes!!!
Shaun Matthews: Make time for your exercise routine, everyone else can plan around it!
Carmen Mulder: Failing to plan is planning to fail.