Last week I mentioned that I helped Jessie Pavelka out on the popular TV Programme “Fat – The Fight Of My Life”
In 8 months, Leanne lost 6 stone 5lbs………..but it was much more than ‘just about weight loss’.………….she:
- Stopped a marriage she was unhappy in (and is much happier for it)
- Broke the cycle of her day (which used to be very much sleeping and eating)
- Gained confidence and a more of a ‘calmness’ to her kids that she didn’t have before
The Hull Daily Mail picked up on it today – you can read about it by CLICKING HERE. (Opens in a new window)
This week I want to highlight some of the things we did – so that you can take some tips and put them into action.
1. Do what you CAN do.
In Leanne’s episode, in the beginning, she was uncomfortable on a bike, and the rower hurt her back. We used the prowler, and walking hills to make a dent in her energy expenditure. If you are very overweight, do what you CAN DO. Swimming and walking are probably 2 of the most simple things to do.
2. Get outside.
Outside is just better if you can do what you were gonna do anyway.
Fresh air, sunlight, extra Vitamin D , and you don’t get a massive meathead in the gym staring at you
Seriously – lifting outside just feels better!
Just try it before summer leaves us!
3. Make it fun.
Record your results.
Play a little game.……..and you don’t believe that a game can get your heart rate up – try it!
4. Make a routine.
If you miss your planned breakfast – at best you just simply lack some fuel for training and at worst you can end up snacking on crap like chocolate and crisps and lattes’ all day and screw a lot of things up.
Make the plan – and stick to that plan.
5. Take note of minor jumps in weight – but don’t give up because of them
There are times your weight may increase. If you are a woman – you will know your monthly cycle and any fluctuations. Write the number down, and just get on with it. You don’t just gain fat overnight……it is the sum of the steps you have been taking over days and weeks.
So don’t give up.
6. Get a coach, friend or family member to help
We all need direction.
We all want to do the exercise we are good at…………but will do better if we have someone guiding us.
It doesn’t have to be a personal trainer like myself – it could be a work colleague or your partner.
Either way, having someone help make some choices for you will keep progress going when you want to take the easy way (which most of us would take!)
Here are 2 coaches you could be lucky to have! (John Cammish and Jessie Pavelka)
7. Realise that HEALTH is an INVESTMENT (and you don’t need to invest a lot of time!)
One of the biggest myths in health is that you need to do hours and hours of exercise to lose weight and look and feel good.
The most important thing is to work hard most of the time……….and train frequently.
You see, 20 minutes x 6 days a week is probably better than 2 hours in 1 go. You can work harder for 20 minutes than you can for 2 hours straight.
The Investment part is important because it will be great for your health in the long-term. Even if you don’t lose that much weight or fat (or any at all) – the health benefits are worth that time!