“I lost 10 lbs.!” – Permanently?
One mistake I feel most women who are trying to get fit make, is they tend to set short term goals. We tell ourselves, “I want to lose 10 lbs. by next month!” It’s a great goal and easy to achieve if you work hard, but what happens next? Many of us don’t ask that question because we are so focused on the one accomplishment that we don’t care what the answer is… at the moment. Trying to lose weight I feel is an ongoing struggle. We will continue to find things that are “wrong” with our bodies, but not if we turn that goal to lose 10 lbs. into a long term goal of keeping that weight off.
I don’t know how many times I have given myself the same goal the past two years. “I just need to lose 5 more lbs. and I will be happy with myself.” After my five pounds were lost, I stopped going to the gym as much and my diet went out the window. Can you guess what happened a month or so later?
WELCOME BACK 5 LBS!
I know it’s an awesome feeling to lose weight and feel healthy, but it’s not worth it if you’re not trying to STAY healthy. That’s the problem with trying to do some of those crazy diets that are out there today. For example, a no-carbs diet. It may work for a lot of people and help them shred a few pounds, but how long will that last? First and foremost, your body NEEDS carbs! Think of carbs as the gas needed to fuel a car. Without gas, your car will not run. It’s the same with carbohydrates. Your body needs the fuel to support your daily mental and physical activities. So please, do not fear the word - CARBOHYDRATES.
My point is, dieting or starving yourself isn’t a solution to staying fit and keeping that unwanted weight off.
Nutrition is crucial to staying fit but so is exercise. You created such a great workout schedule to lose a few pounds, so why can’t you stick to it? Maybe at the beginning your exercise routine was more intense and you were working out five days a week, but you don’t necessarily have to continue the same routine. You can go down to three or four days a week, and give your body a day or two off to rest and recover.
One of the biggest issues is we start to slowly lose the motivation to get off the couch and hit the gym. It only gets harder if you completely stop and try to start again. If you are eating healthy and exercising regularly, your body will always feel great. Staying fit begins with the determination for a healthy lifestyle. I work out for 30 minutes, four to five days a week, and I eat healthy MOST of the time. We all have those “greasy cravings” every now and then, and that’s ok. It’s NORMAL. I find it so much easier when I am able to go to the gym and always know that I will get a full body work out. I keep myself motivated every day with the help of my awesome trainers.
Here are a few things that helped me keep fitness a long term goal –
- Keep healthy eating habits (Not crazy short term diets)
- Stick to a regular exercise routine
- Limit your vices (I was smoker for over 5 years… I quit smoking over 2 months ago, and I am still going strong – I have never felt better; physically & mentally)
- Make little lifestyle changes (Do things in moderation if it is a big change for you)
We are all different women with different body types and fitness goals, but we can achieve our goals the same way.
What is holding you back from your fitness goals? Take your first step by stepping into a 9Round gym, and trying your first work out for free! It’s only 30 minutes, and you will have a blast! Your body will thank you!
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