5 Best Tips to Start Any Fitness Program!

I’m so excited to write this post for you. This is a topic I get so, ultra-passionate about, that I honestly love any opportunity to share with anyone at any time. I’m also ultra-passionate about New Year’s Resolutions, new opportunities, new beginnings, new chances to start over and fully become and embrace the very best versions of us that we can be.
Let me tell you about myself briefly before I give you these tips so you can see what “qualifies” me, if that’s what you want to call it. OR, you’re welcome to scroll down and skip to the steps. If you skip down- well.. ouch- but I’ll forgive you, because you’re trying to become an awesome version of you FASTER.
I’m a mom of two boys, a wife to one boy. I’ve lost 65 lbs in a year, overcame a suicidal postpartum depression, and am now a trainer that’s dedicated herself to sharing body positivity, self-love and teaching lifestyle friendly ways to reach your goals, for the right reasons. I spend each day working with women from around the world to achieve their goals and through nutrition and exercise. It’s something I’m passionate about, that brings me so much fulfillment in my life. I’m all about mind set, dreaming big and working very, very hard. I love God, my family, BBQ and Tony Robbins, and have dreams of changing the world through trying to live my very best life, while teaching other women to do the same.
That’s a little bit about me. Now, let me see if I know a little bit about you.
You’ve wanted to start on your fitness goals, but it’s been hard to find the motivation, the right program, the right diet, any direction, etc. OR, you’ve tried many “diets” before, and they’ve failed you because they don’t work for you, your situation, budget, or you haven’t been able to stay on track.
I’m here to tell you, you are in the right place if you’re looking to make a change that will actually stick. You’re in the right place if you’ve looking for 5 simple ways to begin, and discipline to continue after. Beginning is by far the HARDEST part and the good news is, we are here to focus on and address just that.
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Let’s dive right in, shall we? I just ask that you keep an open mind as you read through these.
(We’ll count down, because it feels cooler.)
5. THE WHY
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Why are you doing this? Why are you beginning? What’s driving you to start an exercise program? Is it because you don’t like something you see? Because you’re hoping it could bring happiness and confidence?
I’ll tell you now, if you’ve tried to make a change before and it hasn’t stuck- it’s because that journey was started for the wrong reason. Hear me out- remember you did say you’d stay open minded.
When I first started losing weight after my first baby, I was hardly eating. I was over cardio-ing. I was depressed and HATED what I saw in the mirror. Because I loathed what I saw, and how I felt, my “dieting” spun me into a suicidal depression, and a super unhealthy way to live. THANK GOODNESS, that diet and lifestyle didn’t stick.

Things changed when I started to see myself and my body for the awesome it was. My second baby came, and losing the 65+ lbs wasn’t coming from a need to be thin, or just drop numbers or because I hated what I saw. Change came when I saw myself differently. Change stayed when I decided I wanted to lose weight and change my lifestyle because I wanted to be the best version of me I could create. I wanted to be an example to my children and show them and everyone else that though things take time, anything is possible with a lot of heart and a lot of work and dedication.
So, again, why are you starting? Can you do me a solid, and tonight- go to your reflection, and tell yourself that you love that gorgeous body you’re honored to wear? That you’re ready to help it become healthy so you can better thank that body for being the awesome gift it is?
4. Create a Vision
“Where there is no vision, the people perish:” – Proverbs 29:18
Something that goes hand in hand with a “why”, is having a vision of what you want. Have you heard of vision boards? Legit- I thought they were kind of dumb until I actually made one! The way vision boards work, are you post a visual of something you want, and you put it in a place that you’ll see it over and over. When you see it constantly, you remember that you need to put energy and focus into that thing, what ever it is until you attain it.

When I started my weight loss, I was determined to “change” my body, beat genetics and again, become my very best me. I cannot begin to tell you even to this day how many friends ask why I continue to wake up at 4 AM every day to work out, and lift and “why I’m not going to stop even though I’m already in good shape”- I haven’t stopped because I haven’t yet reached the vision I have of the Andi I want to be. It’s that simple. Something you can do tonight too is sit down at your computer, find and print photos of what you envision for yourself. I have had clients put up pictures of jeans they’ve dreamed of wearing, yoga poses they’re hoping to slay, a squat weight they want to lift, a swim suit they want to wear and a vacation they’ll wear it to. When you print it out, I promise you- it. Will. Come. True. I’ve done it. Create a vision of what you want, put it somewhere you’ll see every day, so you’ll have that constant reminder of where you’re headed for a boost of motivation and direction.
3. Seek Accountability
“Accountability breeds response-ability” – Stephen Covey
You need to find someone to hold you accountable. I will tell you now, this someone should NEVER be a spouse or BFF. I did a full blog post about why, in a post you can find HERE but here’s the readers digest version. You don’t want to resent your BFF/Spouse because they will push you too hard or they won’t push you enough because they will try to protect you and your feelings.
Instead, look for a trainer or a coach. Another suggestion is if you go to a gym, try a class and introduce yourself to the instructor. That creates this GOOD push of pressure that can help you feel like “oh, today is Tuesday! I have to go to class or Andi is going to notice I’m not there and she’ll miss me!”. As an instructor- you’re totally right. We DO notice and miss you when you’re gone. That is AMAZING accountability. Maybe find a group of friends at the gym too- be brave. Stand by strangers and introduce yourself. There is nothing more motivating than that positive peer pressure from those who, LIKE YOU, are trying to better themselves. You will also make some seriously awesome life-long gym buddies.
2. Make a Plan
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
Here are a couple things to plan for, for your workout tonight, or in the morning.
Will you be working out from home, or at the gym? What time will you be working out? Will you be meeting anyone there?

If you’ll be working out from home, be sure to find a video at the library, YouTube or *ahem* andimaree.com (shameless plug), that will take your through a fully guided workout. You will feel far more successful having someone to follow than just standing in your living room trying to make something up on the fly. You will have a beginning, middle and end and you’ll be guaranteed a great work out.
If you’re going to the gym for the first time, take time to do research. Figure out travel times. Look online to see if there is a class that sounds awesome to try. FAST SIDE NOTE- group fitness classes are THE BOMB way to start your gym experience. Even if you’re shy, show up early and try and get up toward the front so you can see the instructor, meet the instructor and feel that front of the class energy. I started working out back in 2008 in a group fitness class, and that changed my world. I loved the atmosphere, energy and guidance that comes from a class. They are, in my opinion, the BEST way to start your gym experience. 
Anyway, find travel times, group fitness class schedules and set a plan to make it happen.

Next- lay out your clothes and shoes. Just like our moms had us do so we would make getting ready for elementary school way easier, setting out your clothes makes your morning flow so much better. It will also help remind you that you took the time to set out your clothes, so you need to get those hot buns moving pronto.
Make the path to get there easier for yourself.
  1. Take Action
“There is greatness in you. The time to reveal it is now.” -Mel Robbins
“The path to success is to take massive, determined action” – Tony Robbins
I just finished an awesome book by Mel Robbins (no relation to Tony, but they’re both freaking amazing!) called “The 5 Second Rule”. In it, she teaches how to beat doubt, fear and the need to self-sabotage by counting DOWN – “5-4-3-2-1” then just taking action. She said something I NEEDED to share here.
“Forget motivation; it’s a myth. I don’t know when we bought into the idea that in order to change you must “feel” eager or “feel” motivated to act. It’s complete garbage. The moment it’s time to assert yourself, you will not feel motivated. In fact, you won’t feel like doing anything at all. If you want to improve your life, you’ll need to get off your rear end and kick your own butt.”
As I was reading this, I was seriously fist pumping one fist as I held my book with the other hand. Like- YES. YES!!!!
Remember when I said the hardest part of all of this is simply beginning? I promise you will see your perfectly prepped clothes and shoes, and car keys calling you telling you it’s time to hit the gym, and instantly your mind will flood with doubt’s and “What-If’s” and try to stop you. So- the solution is 5-4-3-2-1 GO.
The alarm goes off in the morning- 5-4-3-2-1 JUMP OUT OF BED.
It’s time to get dressed- COUNT DOWN 5-4-3-2-1 and GO.
Try it. I’m serious. It’s science. It works. Do it.

ALSO, schedule it in. The best time to get your workout in, is whenever you can get it done at the same time, every day. Stay consistent. Don’t miss that scheduled time- just like you wouldn’t miss a scheduled doctor’s appointment. Make it happen, because you deserve to unleash your awesome, and show yourself and the world that YOU CAN DO THIS.
I cannot wait for you to begin.
You are already on the right path, and I know that, and you know that because you’re HERE trying to make it happen. This is your moment. This is your time. Don’t let it pass by. Find your WHY, make a plan, be accountable and TAKE ACTION, and create the discipline to continue. I promise that you will make any dream come true with these 5 steps.
XO, Andi Veenker

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