Weight Loss, Fitness, and a Peace of Mind for Life! – The secret is NOT in the charts!Written by Greg Ryan
I am Greg Ryan, a high profile fitness expert with 50,000 hours of paid personal training under my belt, and twenty years of consulting health clubs. My career began in eighties. I grew up without self-discipline, confidence, or faith in myself. I was raised on a farm, which required a lot of discipline, but not self-discipline. As a youth, I was overweight. In my late teens, during first few years of my career and with help of a few close friends, I was fortunate to have discovered three very important things about myself that changed me forever: hope, belief, and motivation. www.resolutions.bz
Hope As I worked on getting in better shape, I began each day with a glimmer of hope. Hope that I could do something with my life by exercising; hope that I could help someone else through my own experiences; and hope that someday I could give back what life was giving to me. “You can live a month without food. You can live a week without water, you can live five minutes without air, but you cannot live a second without HOPE.” Even today, there are times I do not feel like exercising, eating right, and especially working on correcting bad habits. However, it’s that bit of hope for future that keeps me going, even if it’s just for one more day. “All you need is a little bit of HOPE!”
Belief My father taught me to work hard, have faith, and treat others with respect. It was easy for him to say, but not so easy for me to follow. Treating others kindly was much easier than having faith in myself. Life was scary for me growing up. I was afraid of not meeting expectations of those around me. I didn’t know what direction to take in life or what advice to follow. When I first stepped into a health club, it was equally as frightening. I had two friends that exercised with me on a regular basis. The confidence they had in me started positively affecting my attitude and fear of failure. After awhile, I noticed those fears I had about myself slowly began to disappear. Then one day it dawned on me. Somewhere, down deep inside, I believed I was doing something good. I suddenly knew that with advice of my father, having realistic expectations, and a one-day-at-a-time attitude, I could change.
Sensible Diet TipsWritten by Jay Harris
Start your diet with a food diary, record everything you eat, what you were doing at time, and how you felt. That tells you about yourself, your temptation, emotional states that encourage you to snack and may help you lose once you see how much you eat.
Instead of eating forbidden piece of candy, brush your teeth. If you're about to cheat, allow yourself a treat, then eat only half a bite and throw other half away. When hunger hits, wait 10 minutes before eating and see if it passes. Set attainable goals. Don't say, "I want to lose 50 pounds." Say, "I want to lose 5 pounds a month." Get enough sleep but not too much. Try to avoid sugar. Highly sweetened foods tend to make you crave more.
Drink six to eight glasses of water a day. Water itself helps cut down on water retention because it acts as a diuretic. Taken before meals, it dulls appetite by giving you that "full feeling." Diet with a buddy. Support groups are important, and caring people can help one another succeed. Start your own, even with just one other person.
Substitute activity for eating. When cravings hit, go to "Y" or health club if possible; or dust, or walk around block. This is especially helpful if you eat out of anger.
If pie on counter is just too great a temptation and you don't want to throw it away, freeze it. If you're a late-night eater, have a carbohydrate, such as a slice of bread of a cracker, before bedtime to cut down on cravings. Keep an orange slice or a glass of water by your bed to quiet hunger pangs that wake you up.
If you use food as a reward, establish a new reward system. Buy yourself a non-edible reward. Write down everything you eat - - everything - including what you taste when you cook. If you monitor what you eat, you can't go off your diet.