Things to consider when you are ready to drop the extra pounds!
In order to start your journey to a "new you" YOU have to decide that this is something that you want to do. You have to be ready to dig deep and start from the core. It's more than just losing the weight it is understanding how you got there so you know how to move forward successfully.
I have seen family members, friends and clients start a great workout, lose the weight and then 3 months later, they are right back where they started. It could be a number of things that can cause this to happen. So, it is important to know what triggers bad habits to form and how to redirect your thinking so that being fit is a part of your lifestyle and not a trend.
Here are some things that you need to consider when starting YOUR journey to lose the weight.
- Make the decision that you are ready to change. Do not be encouraged by others. Do not jump on the "quick fix" bandwagon. Understand that this change is a lifestyle change and you are the person who decides what kind of lifestyle you want. Find a plan that will work for you.
- Learn why you are overweight. This will be a tough one. For some of you, it's simply from having a baby while others it could be stress, an unexpected illness, you were never taught how to eat healthy, depression or loss of a loved one. There are so many reasons and yours is unique. Find it, get help and rebuild!
- Next, talk to your doctor, weight loss specialist or personal trainer. You need to find out what is your ideal weight. Please understand, the women you see in your favorite magazines are NOT your ideal weight. You can steal their hair color or buy the shoes they are wearing but not their ideal weight. Here's a great tool to get started but I do suggest getting the best information from your doctor. http://www.calculator.net/ideal-weight-calculator.html
- Start a workout that is ideal for you. If you have not exercised in a while. Getting down and doing 100 push ups on your toes is not the best thing for you to do. Working towards goals that are obtainable will help you be more successful during your journey. Break down your goals so that your ideal goals are not so far fetched. It's reasonable to believe that you can drop 2 to 3 pounds a week if done correctly and safely.
- Find a support group. This if very important because swimming upstream "ain't easy" and that is exactly how you feel when you are around others that are not supporting your new lifestyle. Find a group that has similar goals and are encouraging.
- Learn about Food and Nutrition. The reason why programs like Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem work so well...the meals are served in reasonable portions. It a great way to regulate and decrease your calorie intake. Yes, the soda pops (39 grams of sugar), Starbucks coffee (32 grams of sugar) and chips gotta go! Vegetables and Fruits are IN IT to WIN IT!
- START TO MOVE!!! This was not number one because I believe weight loss is caused by something deeper. The start of your journey may be a 5 minute brisk walk or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Take one step at a time and progress from there.
Whatever you do, make sure you do it for the right reasons and ALWAYS check with your doctor before you start a new workout routine. Get a physical, get the ok from your doctor and start working out!