Time to Lose Weight and Start Fresh?
Get your Game Plan Together with These Easy Steps.
The decision to turn over a new leaf is liberating, nerve-racking and exciting! Honors, integrity, ownership and self-respect play an important part of successful weight loss, and you’ll truly find out what you’re made of in this incredible journey to self-discovery.
But weight loss is not just about shrinking size. Other dramatic benefits include:
- decreased pain, physical problems and risk of serious medical conditions
- improved fitness and quality of life
- increased self-esteem, life expectancy and energy levels
- Improved sleep and stress management
Keeping the weight off permanently is only possible when you learn how to make your own healthy decisions. There are all kinds of whacky ideas and fad-diets with promises to change your life. Truth is, although it may be exciting to lose the weight at first, it’s disempowering to become a slave to someone else’s decisions of what, when and how much to eat. That’s why diets don’t work.
You can’t ‘find’ a weight loss plan that suits – you have to create it! You can pound the pavements looking for the magic cure, or you can spend the weekend in the library, learning about food science. Sure, it doesn’t sound that interesting, but neither is saving money decade upon decade to afford cellulite treatments and weight loss foods. A weekend is all it will take….and you might even find it interesting. Spend the first day learning about food groups. What is a carbohydrate and where does it fit in your daily plan? Once you’ve established the basics, put together a menu plan for the week. Read through the ingredients and come up with a shopping list. Organization and planning of your meals and grocery shopping will help you eat right and save money.
Get prepared physically to start moving more. Go to the doctor and get medical clearance (this is the first thing you should do). Walk at least fifteen minutes a day if you can, it will boost your confidence, mood, range of movement and desire to eat healthy foods. If you want a more strenuous exercise, try swimming! You will love the freedom of movement in water that allows you to move naturally, the weightlessness makes water non-injurious and therapeutic to the joints. Range of motion and flexibility will also benefit. Avoid any activities that jar your joints, such as running.
Clean out your pantries with any junk food, and cut bad habits if you have them (smoking, sugar, alcohol). Start drinking more water – this will jump start your metabolism.
Empowered eating is about making smart choices; learning the tools to know what your body needs, which will give you strength to look temptation in the eye, and say “no thanks”. Good luck!
Stay MOVITED –
Cat Smiley is an award winning body transformation specialist and owner of Canada’s premiere weight loss retreat for women, Whistler Fitness Vacations located in Whistler, B.C. Cat has been named Canada’s top trainer three times by the International Sport Science Association.