Everyone is thinking the same thing right now. We all overindulged during the holidays, and we all set goals to lose weight or get fit in the new year. Read the story below about a woman who made a major shift in her life when she discovered she COULD change how she felt about exercise, she COULD learn to eat better, and she COULD be happier and healthier…
“In 2006 I decided that I had had enough of being obese and unhappy. So as many people do, I joined a local gym. One day at that gym, I was sitting on a bench tying my tennis shoes to go to the weight room, and I over-heard a man say to his friend, “Don’t you just love having all of these fat people here clogging up our workout room?” His friend laughed, “Well, they are just here for their New Year’s resolution. They won’t be here as of February!” I was very embarrassed, hurt, and angry. While even though I had paid for a year membership, I didn’t go back to that gym ever again. I hated to exercise anyway, so that just justified my desire not to return. I hated to sweat, make time to go to the gym, or be seen in any type of exercise clothes!
Fast forward three years. I was 50 pounds heavier than that day at the old gym. I still hated to exercise, yet I was so unhealthy that I was on blood pressure, cholesterol, and depression medicines. Walking up stairs was a major challenge, and in my profession as a high school marching band director, that is not good at all. All week I would work 50-90 hours, go home exhausted and eat all that I wanted. My feet, knees, and back hurt constantly. Each weekend I didn’t get out of bed unless I wanted to eat or I had to work. I wore a really tight size 28 and chose clothes just because they would fit, not because they looked pretty. I dreaded long work days with fear. I wanted to just stay in bed! I was always exhausted. My favorite thing to do was to just plop on the couch, eat, and watch TV. I was miserable, depressed, and contemplated suicide to just be done with everything!
I heard a commercial, “It’s not about what you are eating. It’s about what is eating you”. So, on August 1st, 2009, I walked into the doors of “Thin & Healthy’s Total Solution” and my entire world began an amazing journey of life-altering changes, challenges, and inspirations. I began having weight loss success and within a few weeks wanted to make sure that I avoided having “extra skin” on my arms and tummy due to the weight loss. So I hired a trainer. My first workout was a physical test and my results were horrible! I had to walk one mile on the tread mill as fast as I could, which took me 26 long minutes. I couldn’t do a sit-up much less a push-up. I felt embarrassed remembering the “fat people” comment three years ago at the last gym. However, Elisha was very kind and had several positive comments even though I was so unhealthy and over weight. She made me feel comfortable about my size and confident that I could progress quickly by exercising with her.
Everyone at this gym was nice, friendly, and personable! I could have a really bad day, go to the gym, and go home feeling awesome. All I could think about was that I had finally found a place where I could start where I was, and get to where I wanted to be with out being embarrassed! Everyone made me feel loved, accepted, and cared for while I was there. They would even call me if I had not been there for a few days! Soon, I noticed that every day I walked into that gym, I felt like Norm in the “Cheers” TV show! Everyone would say “Erin!”, “Hi!”, “Great to see you!”,” How are you?”, or “You look great!” and more! Not only were they helping me change my outer appearance, but they were changing how I looked at myself from the inside out! I found that I really liked going to the gym!
I worked out with my trainer and attended Life Coaching sessions with the qualified Life Coach, Katie. Having gradual, yet consistent success and achievements in my training and weight loss, I found that I craved the workouts more than food. I began looking forward to going to my workout. The sweating didn’t bother me anymore because I knew that I was working hard and burning calories. I found that the more I exercised, the better I felt both physically and mentally! My stress level decreased and I felt much happier about life! I began to see major results in my body too. With-in a 3 month period, I lost 3 inches in each upper arm! I could think much more clearly and discovered I had a bounce in my step. Then, after just 6 months into my workouts with Elisha, I decided to train for a half marathon! I began working out with Elisha three days per week and walking/jogging three days per week. Still attending Life Coaching sessions was also motivating to me. This helped me figure out what my future goals were and how I wanted to live my life as a happier healthy me.
Still having a very busy schedule that would dictate early morning workouts, I would travel to the gym at 4:45am for an hour workout. I showered, put on my trendy, cute, awesome outfit, and would go to work for a 12+ hour day! I was so excited that I had discovered this new attitude in life!!!!! Before you could not get me out of bed for breakfast, and now I’m at the gym working out at 5:30AM!!!
Just 17 months into my personal training, (January 2011) I completed a half marathon in less than three hours, earning a completer’s medal! My life now is completely different than it was in 2009! I no longer need any medications, I have amazing energy, and I’m completely happy with my life! I can wear clothes that I love. And I truly enjoy life. I feel like I did in my early 20s. I have lost over 8 FEET in inches without flabby skin! Eat healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. I can do 48 “guy” push-ups in just one minute, jog an eleven minute mile, do an amazing amount of crunches, and leap-up onto tall marching band podiums in a single bound! I love going to the gym and working out with fellow gym rats of all shapes and sizes! I never thought that I would consider myself a “gym rat” but I can’t deny that label and I happily claim it!
So as you can see, there were several things that motivated me to truly want to become a “gym rat”. These things are;
Happy to be a Thin & Healthy’s Total Solution Gym Rat,
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To lose one pound in seven days you need to reduce your net calories by 500 every day. The easiest way to do that is a 250 split: Cut half from your diet and burn the other half through exercise. To come up with easy ways to do this, we enlisted trainer Heather Rider, founder and director of Rider Fitness Consulting in Los Angeles, and nutritionist Lauren Slayton, RD, of Foodtrainers in New York City.
Choose one strategy from the list below and one from the metabolism retraining hint –Exercise Strategies each day (feel free to mix and match) and after seven days you will have cut out 3,500 calories. Losing four sticks of butter has never been such a cinch!
___ Skip the large bakery muffin in favor of 1 slice of whole wheat toast topped with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter.
___ Swap your large bran muffin for 3/4 cup of bran flakes.
___ Replace eggs and cheese with scrambled egg whites.
___ Replace your 450-calorie lunch with a 200-calorie protein shake.
___ Replace large french fries with a yogurt-and-fruit parfait.
___ Modify your lunch: Skip the cheese on your salad or sandwich, substitute mustard for mayo, and replace potato chips with soy chips.
___ Have half a tuna salad sandwich instead of a whole, plus two cups of raw vegetables.
___ Skip the cheese in an omelet and a lunchtime sandwich.
___ Switch from cream soup to vegetable-based soup at lunch and dinner.
___ Switch from one cup premium to light ice cream.
___ Skip your afternoon frozen yogurt with ground nuts.
___ Resist the handful of M&M’s at the receptionist’s desk.
___ Cut out 1 biscotti and 1 large mocha
___ Switch from a chai tea latte to lemon tea.
___ Have 1 ounce of soy nuts instead of 3 ounces of roasted almonds.
___ Substitute a serving of beef with shrimp or a white flaky fish like cod at two meals.
___ Leave behind one-fourth of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
___ Have 1 cup of strawberries instead of a whole banana, and cauliflower instead of a baked potato with sour cream.
___ Replace ranch or blue cheese dressing with fat free vinaigrette at lunch and dinner.
|Metabolism Retraining Hint–Metabolism Retraining Strategies to Lose One Pound Per Week
___ Jog at a 10-minute-mile pace for 20 minutes.
___ Alternate sprinting and walking for 20 minutes.
___ Walk briskly for 30 minutes.
___ Spin for 30 minutes at a moderate pace.
___ Go for a 20-minute trail run.
___ Do 1 hour of housework.
___ Walk 1 mile in the morning and 1 mile in the evening.
___ Do 35 minutes of power yoga.
___ Do 35 minutes of Pilates.
___ Practice tai chi for 45 minutes.
___ Perfect your swing at the driving range for 60 minutes.
___ Practice capoeira (a Brazilian mix of martial arts and dance) for 30 minutes.
___ Hit a punching bag for 30 minutes.
___ Go in-line skating for 15 minutes.
___ Shovel snow for 30 minutes.
___ Ice-skate vigorously for 30 minutes.
___ Run up stairs for 15 minutes.
___ Jump rope for 20 minutes.
___ Do 25 minutes of circuit training.
___ Dance for 40 minutes.
___ Play Frisbee for 1 hour.
___ Wash windows for 1 hour.
___ Use a pedometer and log an extra 3,600 steps.
For more amazing tips and motivation to help you get to your goals faster each week, be sure to sign up for our Healthy Hope at www.thinandhealthy.com
To add strength to leg muscles and get a cardiovascular workout at the same time, try climbing plain old stairs.
This can be done at home, in your office, apartment building, or on stair-climbing machines in the gym.
Climbing two steps at a time is good for building the quadriceps (thigh muscles) and the gluteus (butt).
Going down steps builds strength in the quadriceps and to a lesser extent, the hamstrings.
Donna Krech, CEO and Founder of Thin&Healthy, shares with you; tips, tricks and tools so you can have the body and life you were born to have!
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