When I had a BMI well over 30%, and weighed well over 300 lbs., shame and embarassment followed me around. I was definitely running on desperation. Now 6 years later I’m at 190 lbs., fit and healthy, a trainer and training myself, but:
- I didn’t start off training
- I couldn’t start off training
- At a point of obesity, just starting is imparative
Our lives are saturated with fitness plans, weight loss regimens, advice and opinions. I’ve read articles that say you won’t benefit from anything less than 40 mins of moderate exercise daily. They say cardio only is not effective. Reality fweight loss shows paint the picture that you must be exhausted and peeled over to have an effective workout.
As a Fitness Professional, and from my own 140 lb. Weight loss, I’m telling you that none of the above are true. You will perpetually psych yourself out into failure by ruminating over propoganda and setting a high bar. That’s like cleaning up before going to rehab, improving yor mood before going to therapy, or trying to go to church saved. Just start where you are
Here is a Tangible Plan I Used to Lose My First 50 lbs. (In 40 Days)
He knocked on my door after a mutual friend sighted me at the local Publix was I was ‘forced’ to give himmy apartment number.He cameby 1 day, looked and me and lied straight to my face when he said it wasn’t that bad. But this friend also looked at me, spoke to me, with non-judgmental eyes and suggested we start walking to Piedmont Park together
- Walks started at about a 2 mile round trip
- We were serious about the things so we went to Best Buy to buy Ipod touches and Garmin GPS watches
- 2 miles turned to 3, to 4…..
- Walking turned to periodic 2 minute jogs
- Along with low carb dieting, 41 lbs. were gone (I remember the morning I was out of the 300’s!!!!!!!!)
- A very specific, short term goal that has a tangible meaning such as losing 10 lbs. for an event, fitting into specific clothing, or getting out of a weight range i.e. under 200 lbs.
- Let someone who you feel is supportive know your plan, especially if they will help/hold you to it
- Pick one or two other things to work on as well as your weight loss, because weight gain is often a result of a lack of fulfillment in other areas.
- Pick a time where there are no near temptations to indulge like parties, gatherings, or holidays
Here is a list of motivators that helped me prepare myself and deal with the mental aspect of needing to lose weight:
- Having a good friend to do it with me, eat pretty much what I ate, celebrate victories, and walk to the park.
- Planning a trip (to Miami specifically) in advance that offered extra motivation and encouragement, or should I say, URGENCY
- Formulate an idea of how my life would be different with my weight loss. I.e. going out more, being social, enjoying a more diverse wardrobe
- Having a partner who was not only willing to support me, but alter his/her diet right along with me
- Just imagining what I would look/feel like at my goal, whether it was short or long term.
- I’m going to be honest, physician recommendations and health concerns just did not work for me. We tend to be a risky society however it manifests itself so additional positive reinforcement always seemed to help more mentally.
So what is your real reason for wanting to lose weight? What in your life will change, who all will it affect, and how will it improve your quality of life in the long run? What will you do differently with the new you? How will you feel differently on the inside that will bring positive changes to other facets of your life?
SO IF YOU ARE NOW READY,
The fastest and most effective way I have lost weight again was going low carb, especially having carried a lot of excess fat. Consult your doctor if you need to but if that’s where you are right now, this is how I did it
The generally effective way to lose weight, tone, and maintain your current weight revolves controlling portions and consuming adequate protein (among a few other things). For more about this, click here