If you haven’t seen already, this year I’ve launched my very own podcast.
I’m not a confident speaker. I’ve shied away from giving presentations from the age of 15 and have previously hated the sound of my own voice.
But I have a message, and decided I needed to put my own securities aside for the benefit of those that may need to hear that message.
I’m not going to lie - I procrastinated like hell. I bought my first microphone in Summer ’18 and it had been sat gathering dust for the best part of 18 months before I used it properly.
That time I spent procrastinating didn’t make recording my first podcast any easier though. It didn’t make me any less anxious when hitting save once I had uploaded it online. Neither did it make me hate my voice any less.
It took around 3 hours to get around 40-minutes of content and countless takes. It’s safe to say it wasn’t perfect.
Week two came around, and it was time to record podcast number two. Things were a little easier this time. I knew the ropes a little better, recording took far less time and less takes.
Week three was even better…. You get the idea.
Well, on the Sunday just gone I recorded my first ever podcast with a guest and we managed to get a 40-odd minute podcast in less than an hour. I was relaxed, confident and focused on creating something that hopefully other people will find valuable.
This podcast journey of mine bears resemblance to a fitness journey.
You see, if you want to lose right now, you might be procrastinating but trying to find the answers to the following questions:
‘What is the best diet?’
‘What is the best fat loss exercise?’
What is the best training plan?’
The answer to all of those questions - there isn’t one, and even if there was, you don’t need ‘the best’ of anything right now. Just like I didn’t need the best microphone to start recording my podcast (it cost £23)
You just need to start.
If you’ve listened to the first episode of the podcast, you know that you need to create a negative energy balance AKA you need to expend more calories than you consume.
You can do that by eating less, moving more or both.
In order to eat less, you don’t need a perfect diet, because the perfect diet is all subjective - I could create the perfect diet in terms of calories, macronutrients and micronutrients, but you hate every bit of food on there and just won’t eat it. Rendering it useless.
You just need to take what you’re currently eating, slightly reduce some things (high calorie, non-filling foods) and add some thing (veggies and some fruit). This can be done through some simple portion control or counting your calories.
And then just do it every day, and maybe a little less at weekends (but only a little).
When it comes to moving more, you don’t need the best gym plan.
You might not even go to the gym at the start. You might start by taking a 30-minute walk at lunchtime and taking the stairs rather than the escalator at the train station.
Once you’re feeling a little lighter on your feet and a little more confident you might head to the gym and begin a beginner’s training plan with an experienced personal trainer (which would be similar to me buying a slighter better microphone, which I did two weeks ago).
You don’t need to conquer the world in a week, but procrastinating on changing your diet and your activity levels isn’t going to make hunger any easier and it isn’t going to make that first time you walk into a gym any less anxious.
BUT starting moving forward, and putting one foot in front of the other - both figuratively and literally, will help to make you feel more comfortable in 6-12 weeks time and you’ll know so much more about losing weight than you do right now.
If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast yet, click here to head to Anchorfm. You can also find it on the Apple and Google Podcasts apps.