So, I am trying to lose weight AGAIN.
Having so much fun!
I want to let you in on a secret: I am trying to lose 10 pounds.
10 pounds not seem like a big deal for you, but it is a huge deal for me.
If I had to be honest with myself, those 10 lbs did not creep up just by accident. I know it I am a trainer and I am struggling to lose weight! Yes. It is true I am human and struggle just like the rest of us mere mortals.
Those 10 lbs came after years of apathy, pride and ignorance of my body. In my mind I had the body of a 25 year old although I am 35+ years old.
So here are some take aways from my new reboot into fitness. Hopefully this may be helpful for you not just in fitness but in life. Here are my 6 Tips to Reboot Your Fitness Regime.
1. Don’t ignore what is right in front of you.
I was constantly ignoring what the scale said, how my clothes felt around my waist and my energy level throughout the day. If your body, mind and soul is telling you something is off – believe it.
2. Get Your Ass Up and Move. Challenge yourself.
I had a “routine” of running and jogging in place around in my house. I RARELY broke a sweat during this activity. My husband routinely would look and laughed at me.
“You look like a fool jogging around!” he would say.
I ignored him, I thought that my 10,000 steps a day was all that mattered. But the truth was I saw no gains in my cardiovascular health. I needed to sweat. Right now I have returned to jogging. I love to see my energy improve but I also see my heart rate efficiency is improving. When my heart works better my whole body is happier.
3. Find an activity and stick with it.
It does not matter if you like to jog, bike, hike, yoga, whatever it is. Decide for yourself a schedule and stick with it. Mark it as a date for yourself to take care of your mind and body. Don’t make things complicated -just commit to t least 30 minutes a day, 3-5 days a week. And be sure to eliminate your distractions. Turn off your phone and focus on your workout.
If you are a mom like me, it may mean that you have to exercise VERY EARLY or VERLY LATE. Just find a time when your kids or husband or boyfriend or whoever cannot bother you.
4. Be Grateful.
Be grateful for those you have in front of you.
A lot of people are worrying about how to lose a couple of pounds but ignore all the other wonderful blessings that are right in front of them. Mothers ignore their beautiful kids (or dogs), family, friends and loved ones. What is the point of losing weight and you feel unfulfilled in your life?
Start getting happy about the small things that are in your life. When you feel grateful you will be able to be more focused on being healthy to enjoy the things you have right in front of you.
5. Track and monitor your progress and stumbling blocks.
A lot of people can’t meet their goals because they do not know their own stumbling blocks. Get out your phone (or a notepad and start writing out your goals, shortfalls and milestones. -What does progress look to me?-How will I know when I need to change things around in my program?-What causes me to lose track when I lose weight?-Who/what distracts me from my exercise plan? How can I work around them?
Start getting honestly with yourself so you can hold YOURSELF accountable.
6. Stop making things so gosh darn complicated.
The problem is we want to make things much more harder than what exercise and fitness needs to be. I always tell my clients these questions:
-Do you have a pair of shoes?-A place to walk around?-A weight scale?
Congratulations! You have everything you need to get started on your weight loss journey.
I hope this message helps someone. As I said, I am in the progress of reaching my own goals so this is a work in progress. Fitness is not a state of but a state of mind. Once you get your mind ready for tackling your goals, then our body will soon follow suit.
If you like this message, go ahead and send it to another lady who may need to read it.
As far me, I will continue to sweat it out on the pavement.
If you need support from someone who knows how to lose weight, gain it and lose it AGAIN, let’s talk.
Schedule an appointment with me and let’s develop a wellness plan that works!