Yeah that’s right I said vital. Vital as in, you NEED to follow daily routines if you want to achieve weight loss. If you don’t develop a daily routine and stick to it, not only will it be very very hard to lose weight, you’ll probably fail. And fail hard. And put on even more weight.
When I first decided to lose weight, I didn’t really have a routine. Some days I would eat healthy, some days I wouldn’t. Some days I’d exercise, and again, some days I’d think “nah fuck it” and watch TV instead. After an entire year of this “weight loss attempt”, I’d managed to lose, yep, you guessed it, exactly 0 kilograms.
So what did I do? I can’t really remember actually, but I’m pretty sure I took my diet more seriously and started exercising EVERY DAY. Within weeks I was seeing results and before I knew it I was down over 20 kilograms. It wasn’t even much of an effort, because after the initial few weeks the routine just seemed normal.
As best as I can remember, my routine at that point in time was very simple. I’d start the day with a bowl of wheatbix, go off to school (I was 18), while I was at school I would eat a few pieces of fruit and maybe a sandwich, but not too much, and within 30 minutes of coming home from school I would go for a 15-30 minute run on the treadmill, all topped off with a simple but healthy dinner like chicken and rice, steak and veges, etc.
I’d repeat this routine every day, and sure at first it was a bit tough, but like I said earlier after only a few weeks it became normal. I’d actually get upset if I didn’t go for a run or stick to my diet because I started to enjoy those aspects of my life.
I still follow a routine these days too, except now it’s not so much about weight loss as it is staying in shape and gaining muscle. My normal day goes something like this:
- Wake up, eat a couple of bananas or 2 slices of toast with peanut butter.
- Go for a 5km run (this is within 30 minutes of waking up) which starts at my house and ends at the beach.
- Go for a short swim to get all the sweat off me.
- Jog/walk home, have a shower, and get dressed.
- Catch the bus to uni.
- Spend the day at uni.
- Come home, have a protein shake and work out.
- Spend the rest of the day doing whatever I want.
I’ve noticed that since I swapped from the treadmill to actual outdoors running, I’ve been running a lot faster and since I finish at the beach and get to have a swim, I look forward to my daily run even more.
So there you have it folks, a daily routine is key to losing weight. If you don’t have a routine in place at the moment, spend some time writing down a few daily goals you want to get done and start turning them into a routine, and out of no-where BAM! You’ll start to see success.