The main reason I used to buy these health focused magazines during my weight loss was because I was seeking the plans, the recipes, and the research about how to feel good, look good, and be happy. I believed that just reading about nutrition and exercise would make me as bright and vibrant as the pages themselves. – Andie Mitchell
What to Get to Get Started
At its core, weight loss that’s rooted in wellness consists of eating better and moving more. I know you know that. If nothing else, as Andie Mitchell wrote, there’s a barrage of information every day on how to do that in some way, shape or form; but she makes a great point about the realities of actually doing that. One of the very first things I learned is that while we talk about what to do to get healthy and why we should do it, there’s very little information on the how to do it. We often seek the inspiration to lose weight or be healthier, but don’t seek out blueprints on how to do that on a random Tuesday evening.
I’m not talking about going to the gym or eating your vegetables, though you should do those things and I will touch on those things later. I’m talking about the tools you will use, yes really use and not collect dust in your kitchen, on a daily basis. I’m talking about what makes your day-to-day wellness tasks so easy it would be next to impossible to skip it. If I could go back in time, I would have skipped every weight loss shake, avoided every workout class that bored me, and tossed every Lean Cuisine in my 29 years of living. Here’s what I would have purchased to simplify my day and keep my progress moving forward. Without further ado: the 10 things I wish I would have had when I started my weight loss journey.
1. A notebook. I’ve always been a sucker for a nice notebook, but over the past few years I’ve been using notebooks for everything. It’s quick and easy to regularly write a few things I’m grateful. I keep two running to-do lists every day: Work stuff and home stuff. I use my notebooks to keep shopping lists for each store I go to regularly (Target, Aldi, Whole Foods, Trader Joes’s and GNC have their own monthly lists in my notebook.) Most importantly, just having a place for quick notes of self-reflection and gratitude helps point your heart and mind in a healthy direction.
Meal prep containers.
I like glass ones because they don’t get that residue that plastic Tupperware ones do. I recommend Pyrex or the TJ Maxx housebrands.
A big lunch bag. I
take breakfast and lunch to work with me almost every day. I recommend making sure your containers fit with room for fruit and potentially a freezer pack
I like Yeti freezer packs, which you can get at any sporting goods store.
A sports bra.
Not just any sports bra, one that you know could get you through a trampoline workout in a tornado. You get my point, choose the most reliable one for your body.
Workout pants/shorts with pockets
. Seriously, how did I not do this sooner? I’ve been unnecessarily carrying my iPhone around at the gym. I usually get mine at Fabletics, Gymshark, TJ Maxx or (seriously) Costco.
A glass or metal water bottle or two.
because I aim for 70-100 oz of water every day, I prefer a bigger metal or glass water bottle since they keep water colder than plastic and don’t have an after taste.
I received a Under Armour drawstring bag from my parents for Christmas a couple years ago and it’s a lifesaver. Look for a bag that’s big enough for shoes, has a spot for jewelry and a place for keys. Don’t mess around with the bags with cute taglines, get a durable one with multiple pockets.
Download Lifesum and pay for the premium subscription.
MyFitnessPal is great but it doesn’t do a good job at grading nutrition, just counting macros. I like Lifesum better because it gives me a smiley face rating for every single thing I eat and it updates and changes throughout the day based on what else I’ve done or eaten.
I don’t know what I’d do without Digize and Peppermint for those stomach achey days or Panaway for my sore hip flexors. I use my Young Living essential oils for just about everything, but especially to keep my health and wellness in check.