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Beware of These Weight Loss Stumbling Blocks

weight lossLosing weight can be very challenging, especially if you aren’t prepared for trials along the way. Since everyone experiences trials and failure on the road to success, the best way to conquer them is to be ready for them. Luckily, most people struggle with the same challenges. Here are 5 of the 10 common stumbling blocks I shared in an article for Answers.com. Click HERE to read all 10 at Answers.com.

1. Denial

You can’t fix a problem you haven’t admitted to. This is why admitting your problem is the first step in addiction groups. If you can’t be honest with yourself, you can never overcome the problem you aren’t willing to admit you have.

2. Lack of support

If you had an alcohol problem, your loved ones wouldn’t keep alcohol around. However, people don’t think about having a weight problem as having a food problem. If you suffer from obesity, you likely have self-control issues with food and need more support. If you want success, share your concerns with your family and friends. Be honest with your loved ones about your weaknesses. Explain how much you need their support and protection against temptation. The more your family can understand your needs, the easier the process will be for you.

3. Laziness

With everyone’s crazy schedules, you shouldn’t be surprised when fatigue strikes. Instead, you should expect the temptation to skip your workout. As soon as that thought crosses your mind, remember how energized your body feels after a workout. The same way laziness breeds more laziness, staying moving helps you keep moving. The best way to get energized is to get moving.

4. Temptation

The easiest way to conquer temptation is to avoid it. It is difficult to eat junk food if there is no junk food around. Sadly, many people start a diet plan with all kinds of unhealthy foods still in the pantry. Even worse, many people continue restock the pantry with foods that aren’t on their diet. Even if your family is not overweight, junk food is unhealthy food and should be replaced with healthier options. Purge your kitchen of anything that would be a temptation for you. If it’s out of sight, it is easier for it to be out of mind.

5. Failure

People make mistakes. It’s easy to miscalculate calories, cheat on your diet and skip workouts from time to time. Regrettably, you can let one small slip keep you down if you aren’t careful. The best thing you can do is forgive yourself and plan your comeback. As the silent film actress, Mary Pickford, says “If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.” Failure is almost inevitable, so expect to fail along the way. Your weight loss success will be determined on how fast you recover from each fall….READ MORE

5 Ways Facebook Can Help You Get Fit

420x294xFunny-Fitness-Cards.jpg.pagespeed.ic.5rHfpsBpivPeople may laugh at all the “I’m going to the gym” or “I burned 325 calories” facebook posts out there (thinking “Who cares?!”) but, the truth is, people need accountability – and putting it out there on facebook is probably one of the best ways to make your goals public so you succeed. And, even as a fitness professional, sharing my fitness helps me too.

I purposefully make my fitness journey public because I also need all the accountability I can get. I know most people don’t really care what workout I did, or what tennis shoes I wear, but I also know that when I post that stuff, it forces me to follow through – to live out my fitness, beyond facebook. Plus, I can’t expect to help anyone if I am not leading by example. Does it come any easier for me because I work at a gym? Heavens no! Work is work! I don’t care if you work at an office, a bakery or, yes, a gym – there will always be work to do, and things to distract you from working out. If anything, I just look the most ridiculous if I can’t get my workout in, since the weight room is about 30 feet from my office.

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So, if you’ve been wanting to lose weight and workout, start your journey on facebook. Warning: this won’t work for habitually lying facebook creepers who has no intensions of ever posting a photo of yourself. Yes, a REAL photo – preferably an occasional full-body shot too, and not just one of those pictures where you hold the camera 10 feet above your head so you look skinny and your big hips are out of frame. Because, in order for this to work, you have to be honest – with yourself and others. If you are willing to be THAT kind of facebooker, then  here’s how facebook can help you reach your goals.

Five Ways Facebook Can Help You Get Fit

1. Sharing your goals makes your pursuit real. There is something to say about actually verbalizing something. As soon as you say it (and in this case, type it), it makes it real. You are officially going on a diet, or starting an exercise program. Accountability begins.

Sweaty pic2. Posting pics adds accountability. Anyone can say they are working out, but show me your sweat. Show me your feet on the scale with the numbers dropping. THAT is the ultimate accountability. I, personally, hate taking pictures of myself. I don’t have the whole “self-photo” thingy down like all the teens. They are the pros at taking great pics of themselves. Me, not so much. I’m too embarrassed to take a pic of me in the gym and I hate the way I look (sweaty, gross and, normally the way my pictures come out, my face is all distorted from the great self-pic iphone angle). BUT, I’m working on that, and trying to do it more – and as a result, I’m amazed at the encouragement that follows.

fitness motivation3. Facebook offers a ton of motivation. Motivational photos are ALL OVER facebook! Motivational quotes, testimonials, photographs – you name it, it’s out there for you. Sometimes just the right words will pop out at you telling you just what you needed to hear to get moving. I try to post mantras, photos and encouragement every day on my facebook. See my Motivational Mantra Photo Album.

Beautiful fit body4.  You can motivate your facebook friends. Motivation doesn’t always come from the fit looking pros. It comes from regular people working toward a goal. If you aren’t sharing your journey, your struggle and your own personal victories, you are doing all your facebook friends a disservice. Once you begin sharing your own experience, you will not believe how many people will begin to tell you how you are inspiring them. And, the more you share how HARD it is, how MUCH you struggle, the more you will encourage others. They will begin to realize, if YOU can do it, THEY can too!

5. Facebook has great support groups. Whether you create a facebook group, or join an existing one, facebook makes it easy to find like-minded people who can motivate you, hold you accountable and share information (like healthy recipes, fitness gear and workouts) with one another. You no longer have to go to a weekly weigh-in to get that kind of accountability and support. With facebook groups, you can build awesome relationships, share your journey and support one another – all from your computer or smart phone!

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Dieters Need Cheerleaders

Don’t Hide Your Goals
Many people dream of doing great things all their lives without telling one single soul. Often times these hidden hopes are only shared or discovered after it’s too late.

There are plenty of reasons people may choose to keep desires quiet. Some people may be scared of sharing dreams in fear of being laughed at or judged. However, I believe one of the biggest reasons people don’t want to expose their ambitions is to simply avoid the embarrassment of failure.

Closet Dieting Doesn’t Work
Although I do understand it’s a lot safer to keep these things to your self, I believe keeping aspirations hidden just sets you up for failure. I see this in the gym all the time. People will explain how they aren’t telling anyone what they’re doing until they lose some weight first. What they’re really thinking is “I want to make sure I succeed before I tell anyone what I’m doing”. On the contrary, they need to tell people what they are doing in order to increase their chance of success.

Unfortunately with dieters, it is common to fail. The problem is, people’s response to failing is quitting. Let’s put this into perspective. Say you are learning to ride a bike and you fall, do you get back on the bicycle? Of course you do. Do you have a good chance of falling again? Of course you do.

How is a child able to keep trying despite their fears, scrapes, bruises, and desire to give up? A child has someone everyone needs – a cheerleader. When mom or dad picks their child back up and offers encouragement, it may be all they need to to give it one more try.

We All Need a Push
When I was small I probably said “I can’t” more than my father wanted to hear. I can almost hear myself pleading with my dad trying to convince him that I was unable to do whatever task he had given me, “It’s too heavy”, “I can’t reach it”. My father pushed me beyond my comfort zone in so many areas – and thank goodness he did! I was unable to see my own potential and he always believed in me more than I did.

We all need cheerleaders like that in our life. We need someone to tell us we can be the man or woman we want to be. We need people to encourage us that we are not alone in our battles. We need people to speak truth to us and hold us accountable when we are in the wrong and we need people to be there to pick us up when we fall.  However, no one can be there to pick us up, if they never know we fall.

Going SOLO, keeps my goals SO LOW
I can only imagine what it would have been like if I tried to ride a bike for the first time all alone. Knowing me, I would have fallen down, bumped my knee, looked around to make sure no one saw me, and then walked my little bicycle home while crying in self-pity for my uncoordinated gawky self. If you could have seen me as a child, you would understand what I’m talking about. Just picture Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie trying to ride a bicycle and you’ll get the picture.

Maybe after some time passed, and all the stars were aligned, I might have attempted it again. I can assure you, without a cheerleader, I would eventually quit trying. No one likes to fail. Nevertheless, in order to succeed, we need to realize “falling” should be the expected speed bumps, not roadblocks, on the journey to success.

If you are attempting to lose weight or get in better shape, don’t do it alone. Invite some cheerleaders along side of you and remember quitting is really the only way to fail.

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