Monday, September 27, 2010
To anyone just starting out on this lifestyle journey, I know how daunting the future seems.
How can I cope being restricted to a certain amount of calories or do the so foreign exercise regime that go hand in hand towards the goals that we aim for?
I can now speak from the experiences of continuing success as I look back to the beginning.
In the beginning, I found it hard to walk without getting breathless.
I struggled to tie my laces, feed the dogs or do anything more than sitting and eating!
I can tell you that life wasn't good, and for once in 48 years I knew that I needed to do something and something that would stick.
My success is simple when I look back on it all, and to anyone starting out please take note!
You never put the weight on overnight and therefore you DO need to realise that this journey will take more than one or two nights to rid yourself of it!
But rid yourself of it you will, just by taking one day at a time.
I used to live for Saturday mornings, which is when I used to weigh myself and, also take delivery of our weekly groceries.
The groceries were a big key to my success and by using the nutrition tracker, I could work out all the things I needed for the week ahead and further weight loss!
Planning was/is essential. Failing to plan is planning to fail. I always did and still do so, that way I never "cheated" and kept to my meal plans.
The bonus of all of this was that coupled with the calories I was burning through exercise, I found that I was losing weight and still able to consume half as many calories again as the "average" man's intake of 2,500................I was consuming 3,750 a day and still losing 4 pounds a week!
I remember wishing the weeks away just to get at Saturday mornings to be able to see that weeks loss! And loss it always was with an average of 3-4 pounds!
I am now (as some of you are aware) attending Gym EVERY day and able to undertake tasks I never thought would ever be possible again as the years went flying by!
You don't have to take it to this extreme, just a little at a time will get the job done, but, be aware! vanity comes into play, and when the wonderful compliments come your way, it drives us on! And soon, you too will be climbing mountains that you never thought possible!
My stress levels are so much lower and I am now able to deal with so many problems that come throughout life as we all know.
The clothes that I can now buy are regular off of the peg with the bonus that I am not paying an inflated price because they are bigger!
Life is so much better on every front, and my only regret is that I didn't find this site and apply myself sooner (years back).
Anyone starting out will know how fast the weeks, months and years fly by, and to think where you could be in 3 months, 6 months or even a year from now by just taking little steps every day. They all add up and make a HUGE difference.
They have to me and now I laugh at how I used to look when I started under 2 years ago.
Give it a go and you too could/can be like me and looking back at how life has changed!
Good luck and have a good (dry) Monday!