Over three weeks ago, I committed myself to the REBALANCE Medical Weight Loss Program here at SkinSpirit. I’m happy to report that as of my most recent weigh-in this week, I have lost 11.6 pounds since starting the program! This is incredible for me because I’ve never been able to consistently lose a healthy amount of weight each week with any of my other previous weight loss attempts. I’ve been learning how to REBALANCE the way I eat and making healthier food choices each meal. I’ve traded in my fast food breakfast sandwiches for foods like fresh strawberries, leafy spinach salads, grilled chicken breasts, steamed vegetables and lots and lots of water throughout the day.
Maintaining a healthy diet is HUGE when it comes to weight loss. Exercise also plays a crucial role. Exercise is REBALANCE’s number five rule for success. When it comes to exercise, any activity is good activity. You don’t have to run a marathon, lift a bunch of weight or spend hours in the gym. Just getting your butt off of the couch and doing something like taking a walk around the block is better than nothing.
Need help getting moving? Here’s what has been work for me:
Make It Fun
Pick an activity that you enjoy doing. Recently, I rediscovered a long lost passion of mine, wakeboarding. I never really thought of wakeboarding as a form of exercise. It’s always just been something really fun to do with my friends out on the boat. After a couple of weekends of riding, I noticed that my body was developing muscles in places I hadn’t seen muscles at in years. I did some research and found that one hour of wakeboarding can burn over 300 calories! Here I was, too busy having fun to realize how great of a workout I had been getting.
Make The Time
Working late, sitting in traffic, going to a class after a full work day, feeling too tired to wake up an hour earlier in the morning, or just feeling outright lazy – there’s always going to be an excuse for why I don’t make time to exercise. The trick that works for me is to schedule activity into the day like I would for an important meeting at work. If it’s not part of my scheduled, daily routine, I’m more likely to talk myself out of doing it.
I’m a visual person. I need to see it to believe it. I can tell myself that I want to lose thirty pounds, but that wont be enough to motivate me to do anything about it. This is why I created a vision board for my weight loss goals. If you’re familiar with Pinterest, create a board dedicated to images of what your weight loss goals look like to you. These images can be anything from a bikini you want to buy to motivational quotes or healthy recipes with great images. Or, if you’d rather make your vision board offline, grab some poster board, a pair of scissors, a glue stick and a stack of magazines. Cut out images of your weight loss goal and make them into a collage. Whichever board you create, make sure that it’s in a place where you can look at it everyday. Next time you’re tempted to hit the snooze button, take a look at your board. You’ll quickly be reminded of why you want to exercise in the first place.
Invest In Your Health
Your health is certainly worth investing your money into. Things like a medical weight loss program, organic fruits and vegetables, a gym membership, a month’s worth of classes at a spinning or yoga studio, a brand new pair of running shoes or new workout attire are worthy investments as long as they get you to exercise. When I was deciding on which gym to sign up for, I had narrowed it down to two choices: either the small gym that was out of the way or the big gym that was $20 more a month, but was closer to my house and had fun things like a pool, tennis court, multiple cardio rooms and racquetball courts. I ended up choosing the more expensive gym. Why? I knew that even though I was paying $20 more a month, I would be motivated to workout at the nicer gym more often, on a regular basis.
Don’t forget, when it comes to exercise, any activity is good activity and any time is a good time to be active. Be sure to check with your doctor first before starting any sort of exercise routine. Find what works for you, fits it in your daily schedule and then do it.
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