Tuesday, July 3, 2012

My Advice

My Advice

In this post, I want to offer some advice for losing weight. Let me be quite clear, I am not a doctor, nurse or a dietician. I’m simply a personal trainer, who struggles everyday with maintaining my weight. It’s not easy for me or anyone else trying to lose. I get it! But I thought some facts that have helped me along the way could possibly help you too.

My first piece of advice is, don’t make your goals unattainable. You will be so disappointed if you expected to lose 30 lbs in a month and didn’t. It’s not worth the disappointment.

Another thing I do, and this has kept me motivated and inspired to work out, is to make a weight loss goal and reward chart.  The more weight that is lost, the more expensive or desired the reward should be. It is hard to stay committed to a life style change of working out and eating healthy, especially during the summer months when graduation parties and weddings are in full swing. So each goal should be rewarded with something other than food. When you want to eat that bowl of ice cream on a hot summer night, or you want to skip a workout...think of the reward chart. Here is mine. Make your own and post somewhere you will see it everyday.

You have probably heard a million times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Do yourself a favor and set your alarm 10 minutes earlier and make time for it! You want your metabolism to start working as soon as you get up, don’t you? Try to make your breakfast more about protein than carbs. Want to start your day with a protein shake? Join My 90 Day Weight Loss Challenge

Schedule your workouts. I know after working 8 hours a day, the last thing you want to do is exercise. Luckily this is the only part of losing weight that I do not struggle with. I love to work out, love getting sweaty, and love the sore muscles the next day. You have to find something YOU enjoy, and this may take a few weeks. Try My Boot Camps or Personal Training

Keep a food journal. This is probably the most important one. I do not know anyone that has lost weight without doing this. Keep a paper journal in your purse and write down everything you eat. If you are on a computer a lot use http://www.loseit.com/

Here is my final piece of advice. Just because you worked out doesn’t mean you can eat what you want. You are not a dog, do not reward yourself with food. Do not ruin the hard work that you have put into working out.

I lost 30 pounds in 6 months a few years back, in The News Herald Lighten Up Contest. I have maintained that but still want to lose more. I have posted this tips to help anyone else trying to lose any amount of weight. I know it’s hard, it does not happen over night...but It can be done.

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