Remember the Hair Club For Men commercial? “I’m not just the president; I’m also a member.” Well, I am not just the writer of a blog about happiness, determination, and self-motivation; I also practice what I preach.
Nearly a decade ago, I had a significant weight problem. Then I made up my mind that I did not want to live like that anymore. The same thing happened to my friend Barb.
Barb’s Weight Loss Success Story
Barb and I have been friends for close to 20 years. Barb, too, struggled with her weight in the past.
Then a few months ago, Barb was inspired by two of her friends who collectively dropped 150 pounds. Wow! 150 pounds combined! That’s so inspirational!
Barb’s friends hired a personal trainer and watched what they ate, especially processed and refined carbohydrates like bread and pasta. Barb saw their results and decided to take action.
In a few months of dedicated hard work and a balanced diet, Barb went from a size 18 to a size 8! That’s amazing!
The best part for me, as her friend, is to see the pride she now displays prominently, replacing the embarrassment of the past.
How Barb Did It
When she first began her weight loss journey, Barb claims that results were her best motivation. “Once you see the weight come off, you just want to keep going”, she told me.
Barb would be the first person to tell you that dieting does not work. The only guaranteed way to lose weight and keep it off is a lifestyle change.
Barb works out 5 days a week and eats three sensible meals a day with one snack in between lunch and dinner. She also knows that to stay with a lifestyle change, she has to allow herself a cheat day once in a while.
The thing about weight loss is that if you fall off the wagon for a day or two, big deal. Give yourself a break and go right back to the way. The way being exercise and wholesome foods eaten in moderation.
If We Did It, So Can You!
Have you been thinking to yourself it might be time to drop a few pounds? Please do not wait until the New Year to make a lifestyle change.
Overeating, over drinking (colas, juice, and alcohol, namely), and not exercising are usually how people gain weight. So eating healthy foods within your caloric needs, not drinking your calories, and introducing exercise into your life will help you shed those unwanted pounds.
It’s not rocket science. It is surprisingly simple to lose weight. The hard part is finding the motivation to begin.
I guarantee you however, within one week of a lifestyle change, you will see results. Those fast results will make you want to keep going with it. Nothing works as well as near instant gratification!
Tips and Tricks
Here are a few weight loss tips from my friend Barb.
- Find a buddy. Having someone to hold you accountable at the gym and at meal time will really help motivate you.
- Track your calories on a free Internet calorie tracker, like My-Calorie-Counter.com or MyFitnessPal.com.
- Make lean proteins and veggies the stars of your meals, and let whole grains and fats be the supporting cast members.
- Avoid heavily processed carbs like pastas and breads. If you do not want to cut these items out, switch to whole grains and eat them in moderation. Do not eat a bowl of spaghetti, instead, eat a cup of spaghetti with your favorite veggies and a salad.
- Hire a personal trainer. They are worth the money if you are really looking for fast results. (If you would like a recommendation, and you live in the Baltimore Metro area, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know many good ones!)
- Start training for something. Barb runs half marathons. You do not have to start there. You could start with a 5K. Or you could set a date to be a certain size by. The point is to have a reasonable goal set for the near future. It will help motivate you.
- Do not stress about weight loss, or anything else for that matter. Stress releases cortisol, a hormone that makes you hold on to weight. (Email me if you would like recommendations on starting a yoga practice to help de-stress your life.)
- And finally, have fun with it. Work out in a way that you will enjoy it. Try Zumba if you like to dance, or join a sports club if you like to compete. Working out should be fun! It releases endorphins and makes you feel great afterward, so getting to that point should be enjoyable too!
Whatever your goals are, weight loss or otherwise, they are possible. Take pro-active steps starting now to make them happen.
What are you waiting for?