It’s hard to look at these pictures, but it’s important to look at where we have been in order to continue moving forward. The picture on the left was taken in September 2006 and the picture on the right was taken in September 2008, after a 115 pound weight loss. Six years and three knee surgeries later, I am within 7 pounds of my goal weight. I learned a lot through through my journey. Here is what I know…
1) You can’t lose weight for anyone but yourself. If you are not ready, it won’t work! Figure out why you want to lose weight or why you keep eating when you’re full. You need those answers in order to be ready.
2) You can’t out exercise a bad diet… believe me, I have tried! I think it’s 80% food and 20% exercise. Working out helps, but it really comes down to what you eat. Oh, and you can’t eat like a runner if you are not running 😦
3) Track what you eat. It holds you accountable and makes you think about what you are eating. I will never forget the day I found out that my favorite Del Taco chicken burrito was more Weight Watcher points than I was allowed in a day. My Fitness Pal or Weight Watchers online have both worked for me.
4) Find a program/group that works for you. I’ve found success with Weight Watchers, I have worked with a nutritionist, I have joined Biggest Loser type competitions, and have competed in challenges. I’m currently in a Facebook motivation group. I lost my first sixty pounds on Weight Watchers and recently rejoined and dropped some post surgery pounds. Sometimes you need to mix things up to keep things interesting! Right now, I’m drinking a Shakeology shake everyday. I love that I don’t have to think about one meal a day. The shake keeps me full and I enjoy it.
5) Surround yourself with good people who motivate you. I am very particular about the gyms/studios where I belong. I need qualified trainers and fun people to workout with to stay motivated. Right now, I spin at Full Psycle in Costa Mesa five times a week. I don’t know if the owners fully understand what a special place they have created. There are so many wonderful people who flock there for the competition and the friendships. My Full Psycle group of friends keep me coming back each week. I attend boot camp classes three times a week at Fitness Evolution in Laguna Hills. I train with a mother/son team, Angel and Michael Cipolla. They make the workouts fun and always change things up so you are never bored. My third gym is called the Cross Training Club in Laguna Niguel. Rod, the owner/trainer, is super funny and entertaining and always kicks things up for me so I feel challenged. My gym buddies, Kathy, Patti, Vicky, and Louise make CTC even better! Staying fit and healthy is so important!
Wherever you are on your journey, find what motivates you and make it happen!
Homework: What motivates you to exercise and make healthy food choices?