For anyone who wants to lose weight.
This can apply to many forms of personal health, but one of the most common is weight loss. It's good to see folks trying together. There's one thing that I've told anyone who I've either trained or sold supplements to...
Remember why you're losing the weight or whatever it is your attempting to do. The failure rate for losing weight and keeping it off is probably about 4/5 (and I'm being generous here). Why is that? I mean seriously...you're not even trying to lose weight when you get to your goal, but you're simply trying to maintain. Now part of it comes from genetics and there's nothing that can be done about that. But another part of it is that once we hit the goal, we feel that the race is over and we quit. So we go right back into our old habbits.
Remember why you're doing what you're doing. And remind yourself after you've reached your goal, that it's not over. You're losing weight, working out, or doing whatever other activity for yourself and for your health first...and for others second.
When we think of something like 'yo-yo' dieting, the mentallity basically goes like this...you want to lose weight, so you cut everything bad out...then when you hit the goal you reward yourself and think the job is over or simply forget, and then you're back to where you were.
Remember that you are (like it or not) actually changing your lifestyle, which is not an easy thing to do. So don't do it all at once. If you eat a bag of chips every night of the week...keep eating a bag of chips every night. But leave that bag out one night. Work your way into it. Diet MUST be accompanied by exercise as well...that doesn't mean that you need to go hauling ass down the street as fast as you can. You'll get burned out and not want to do it. Start by walking a couple times a week and go in whatever direction you like...sports, running, weights, etc...
And finally. Don't allow any excuses. There's no such thing as 'tomorrow' because that tomorrow may never come. If you don't like doing something don't keep putting it off, face it and decide what needs to be changed. I hear the biggest excuse "I don't have time." And that's a BS reason which any trainer or nutritionist will easily see through. How do I know that it's a poor excuse? I have clients which are CEO's or presidents of companies, most with families. If they can make the time, then you certainly can as well. Of course there's going to be a day or two when you really don't have the time, but don't confuse lack of motivation with lack of time. We can make time. Making time today to do good for yourself will give you more time in the future. Much better to lose an hour today to a workout than to lose 10 years to heart problems.
Last edited by BIGGY; 05-05-2006 at 11:12 AM.