The 9 Rules of Weight Loss
As some of you probably know and the rest of you will eventually find out, there is no magic potion or infomercial contraption that will help you lose weight.
Let me repeat that.
THERE IS NO MAGIC POTION OR INFOMERCIAL CONTRAPTION THAT WILL HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT.
Sorry for the yelling but I had to make sure that you heard me clearly.
None of the drug companies or the Billy Mays’s of the world have anything on the tried and true rules of weight loss that I am about to impart on to you.
As most of you reading this already know, I used to be fat. Not only was I fat but I was getting fatter. If it wasn’t for my mother “encouraging” me to lose weight, I would probably be pushing 3 bills right now. And I definitely would not be the successful personal trainer that I am today.
When I first started my weight loss journey (from hell) I knew nothing about the right way to lose weight.
Since I really didn’t know anything, my journey was not fun. I had no destination (goal). No map (program) Everything turn (decision) was guess work. I didn’t know who the right people were to ask directions. And I wasted a lot my time going the wrong way (doing the wrong things) and generally being lost (did not believe that I could do it). I was on a road trip to no where.
I feel now that I arrived at my weight loss destination be sheer luck and the only thing pushing me to lose the weight was that I did not want to disappoint my mom. And if I knew the rules of weight loss that I know now, I would have lost the weight a lot sooner with alot less injuries
So over the years I have built a list of rules, so to speak, that will help you lose the weight that you want (faster and without injries) and help you keep it off.
These rules are:
- Have a goal. Have a weight loss destination in mind. Make sure this destination is Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time bound.
- Have a program. What are you going to do on your journey to your weight loss destination? How will you workout? What/when/how will you eat? What else do you need to do not do to reach your goals
- Change your attitude. You got the way you are thinking about health and life a certain way. That same way of thinking will not get you to were you want to go. “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing (thinking the same way)and expecting different results.”
- Be willing to do things you hate. Not everything you need to do to lose weight will be easy or fun. Do it anyway. The more you hate it or the harder it is for you to do, the more likely it is that you have to do it to reach your goals. Doing what is easy got you in to this mess in the first place.
- Be willing to make some sacrifices. Not everything you are doing now will be able to travel with you to your weight loss destination. It’s excess baggage that is only slowing your travels down. Get rid of it now before it brings you trip to a halt.
- Be willing to make adjustments along the way. Airplane pilots have to continuosly make adjustments so they end up in the right place. You will to. Your need will change a some point. Readjust.
- Figure out what is most effective. Limit or get rid of everything else. You only have so much time/energy/etc. Are you wasting them on things that will slow your travels down or, worse yet, cause you to turn around?
- Believe that you will succeed. If you don’t, who will? See yourself as both the passenger and the pilot. You must have faith in your own abilities.
- Know that you don’t know everything. Nobody does. Find those that have taken the trip before and arrived at their destination (and stayed there)They probably know some (worthwhile) short cuts to make your trip easier and faster. Listen to them.
It took me years to find out these rules.
My trip was not easy or fun.
Follow all of the rules of weight loss given above and you will have a swift and safe (and exciting) journey. Happy Trails
Your friend and trainer,
Paul F Sweatt
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