Wow! I woke this morning to an email saying I was chosen for the Sparkpage Motivator of the day! What an honor!
I'd like to take take this opportunity, when traffic is a little higher here, to give the other side of a journey full of "balls to the wall". Heed my warning, please.
There is a smart way to reach your goals and a not so smart way to reach your goals. The most important thing you can remember, is this is a process. It takes time. That goes for those of you wanting to compete as well. It's about coaxing your body and not forcing your body.
You can lose all the weight, but if you aren't healthy what's the purpose? Vanity isn't worth it. This is supposed to be about our health. Keep that in focus as you progress. Sometimes it's easy to get carried away. Trust me, I know all too well.
Your body was designed to adapt to stress. You have to take time to recover and rest just as you have to get your cardio and strength training minutes in. It's equally as important. Otherwise, your body will continue to adapt to higher and higher demands. Without sufficient calories, this will leave you with a body that will slow down and require more and more activity on top of less and less food to lose.
Be SMART! Every so often take a week off. Take a week or two to eat more food and go easier with the workouts. Give your body time to recover and rest. Coaxing your weight loss... not forcing it.
You WILL get "there" and you will be healthy when you take this approach instead of the forceful approach. Love you and your body NOW. I'm STILL practicing this one, but it's turning out to be the best lesson I'm learning.
It's okay to slow down, practice, practice, practice. Take the time to let go and give yourself some credit. You will be amazing... but you are also amazing now.
Good things come to those who wait. :)
I'm in the process of starting up a new program online (free) to help teach beginners the ropes. Again, patience, LOL. Follow me on FB! www.facebook.com/GirlzCu