1) Take pictures
Not because you're vain! Its one of the best ways to show your progress. I wish I'd taken some full body shots before I started, just so I could see the difference. Even if you don't show them to anybody, take pictures just for yourself, from front and side angles. In 6 months time you'll be surprised at the physical changes.
2) Join a gym
A lot of people will tell you a gym membership isn't needed to lose weight, which to a certain extent is true. However, if you're in an environment where people are all working on their fitness, and you have access to all that equipment, plus trainers to ask any questions you might have? Well, I think that's a whole lot better for people who are just starting out.
3) Get inspired
Inspiration breeds motivation. I get inspired by scrolling through healthy recipes on Pinterest/Instagram, and watching at least 30 minutes of fitness videos* on YouTube a day. The video watching part is the most important! Not only will it give you ideas of exercises to try and how to split your sessions, but it will inspire you to try new things and learn which machines/moves you love.
*some of my fave fitness youtubers to follow are Heidi Somers, Gracefituk, Zanna van dijk, Tally Rye, the lean machines, Carly Rowena, clean eating alice, and matt does fitness.
4) Plan your sessions
If you don't plan your sessions, trust me, you won't be productive. I usually plan my sessions a week in advance but if that's too much, at least plan a day beforehand. I open up the notes function on my phone and type something like the following:
MONDAY WORKOUT: Leg Day
10 mins running
10 mins rowing machine
(All exercises - 3 sets of 10 reps)
Glute kick backs
A 'rep' is how many times you do something, so if I was doing bicep curls, lifting my arm up and back down would be 1 rep. A 'set' is a group of reps, so 3 sets of 10 would be doing 10 repetitions of the exercise, 3 times.
5) Set a training schedule that works for you
You can get up early before work and get your session done straight away, or you could go after work, its up to you. Once you've figured out your time slots set yourself a target. I go 4 - 5 times a week. For beginners, 3 times a week for an hour each session is enough to make a difference.
4) Get used to working out alone
While its always great to have a gym buddy, you have to be prepared to go alone. Spend the first few weeks in the gym alone and just get comfortable with it. Even when your friend doesn't want to work out, don't let that stop you from going.
5) Learn one new skill every time you go to the gym
This continues to help me to this day. Keeping your sessions fresh and new will keep you interested and more likely to go. It will also get you educated about fitness. YouTube will help a lot with this. Start by trying a new machine every single session, if you're unsure of how they work, staff are always happy to show you, and they'll probably give you some valuable advice for free!
6) Challenge yourself
Every single time you step into the gym, you need to challenge yourself. I can't stress this point enough. Put on your kickass playlist, zone out the world and do your absolute best for as long as you can. This is the only way you're going to see progress. As soon as somethig starts to feel easy, increase your intensity. Go for longer, push harder.
If you don't have supportive people around you, I'm here to say that you can do this. You are capable, you are so fucking capable and you don't even realise it. Keep going. You will reach your goals.