Saturday, January 1, 2011

Are YOU ready for Success?

You keep telling yourself you want to lose fat and get fit, live a healthy lifestyle!  Here's the secret* YOU have to WANT it BAD! You have to live it! Doesn't matter who tells you you have to do it or even if someone spells out how to do it...YOU have to WANT to do it.
The fat loss journey is a difficult one, we are surrounded by food in our daily lives, we have to learn to have a healthy relationship with food. To be successful in fat loss food needs to be considered fuel, not comfort or something that we turn to (unconsciously) when stress or boredom present themselves. We need to be aware at all times of what we put in our mouths, this requires at least a period of time (that may be eye opening and painful) where portions must be painstakingly measures and written down (as soon at it goes in the mouth, amazing what amnesia we develop about what we ate even a few hours later). Journaling is a fantastic tool to learn the truth about what we are consuming, not only the physical amount/quality of what we are eating but you will learn a tremendous amount about WHY you are eating when you have be accountable at the end of the day. You will then have to admit to yourself that it is in fact only you that can make your fat loss journey a success. NO ONE else decides what you eat. Is it hard? Absolutely! Is it worth it? Absolutely! Your mental and physical health depend on it!
Proud to say I have lead a relatively healthy lifestyle...for the past 3 years I have been training with weights regularly (yes, even found gyms while on vacation!) I drastically changed my diet for the better including swapping out for whole grains and lower fat foods, portioning, and always packing snacks so as to always be prepared with healthy options.  Admittedly, I have still learned a lot with joining this 49 day Transformation Challenge! Didn't really realize how, slowly, I had let little things lapse...portion distortion, a treat here and there. Joining the Challenge kicked my butt into gear, journaling food, changing food combinations etc and broke through a weight loss plateau that has been in place for a LONG time! I overall feel much better with more energy and a more positive attitude about everything!
The fat loss journey is not necessarily about eating less but about eating better! The first step is to take an honest look at the fuel you are feeding your system. Be honest and then decide that you are ready to be successful, no more excuses, no more starting tomorrow! Don't waste time getting prepared to start, just start and promise yourself to make each day healthier than the day before.  So, tell me...are YOU ready?

Some helpful tools:
The Body Fat Solution: Five Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscles, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight
BodyMinder Workout and Exercise Journal (A Fitness Diary)
Taylor Biggest Loser 6-1/2 Pound Kitchen Scale with Glass Platform

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