I first want to take a second to thank everyone who took the time to read my post yesterday, or left a comment, asked a question etc. I was humbled by the response. I’m happy to have inspired some of you, and hope I can continue to help you to reach your goals as well. I say it often and mean it…
If I can do it, ANYONE can do it.
I was fat and struggled with it for a LONG time before I finally got control.
I had a lot of people ask me for advice, how I did it. Let me assure you, there’s no secret, no magic pill. There are no shortcuts in weight loss. I ate clean, healthy food (most of the time). I measured out my portions, because even if you’re eating healthy, too many calories are too many calories. Aside from that, I exercised. I lifted weights, I ran, I swam and rode my bike, not all at the same time. I worked hard! Showing up at the gym isn’t enough, you have to sweat! It’s going to be uncomfortable!
So where do YOU start? Start by setting a goal. Be realistic and be honest with yourself. Start slowly. Not to sound like an ass, but forget about doing what I did in 12 weeks. I’m not saying you can’t because I know it’s possible, but most of you won’t be able to make that commitment. I’ve never worked so hard in my life! Pick a goal that’s difficult but realistic. Maybe that’s 10 pounds in 12 weeks, maybe it’s 20, just figure out what you want and focus on reaching it.
Next, commit to doing it. Commit to making the necessary changes in your life to help you reach your goal. Commit to eliminating excuses as well as not taking the excuses that life will throw at you. The most common excuse being “I don’t have the time” YOU DO HAVE THE TIME! I have 4 boys 5 and under and a full time job. My initial weight loss took place with a 9 months pregnant wife and then a newborn. My point being, you have to make the time. Ask yourself what’s more important, watching American Idol or your health? I get up at 4:20 every morning so I can be at the gym at 5. It sucks, I hate it, but it’s what I have to do. If I don’t get to the gym in the morning, chances are I’m not going to make it at night. You have to sacrifice! If you’re reading this, either the status quo isn’t working, or your stalking me. (either way, thanks for reading!)
Finally, get some support. No, not a jock strap or a new bra, but people. Maybe it’s family, maybe it’s friends, fill your life with people who will help you reach your goal. People who will watch your kids while you go for a run, or give you that kick in the ass when you’re not feeling motivated. I could not have done any of this without the people around me. Don’t be afraid to ASK FOR HELP!
Hopefully by now, you’ve thought about that goal, and have made the commitment to yourself. Some of you may already be lining up friends and family to help. You’re on the right track!
I want to help you add another layer of support and accountability. I’m starting up an online weight loss competition called Tweightloss. It’s a Twitter based competition in which you can create a team, or be assigned to one. Each team will have a leader who can give advice and will collect your weekly numbers. You can be anonymous, or you can be yourself, whatever works for you. The point is you will have a group of teammates who are all trying to lose weight with you. They will be your support group, motivation, sounding board, whatever you may need. I’m trying to line up some prizes which I will announce soon.
If you would like more information, to sign up, or to form a team, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org Summer is right around the corner so I want to start Tweightloss on Monday May 17. Take the weekend to get whatever you need to get out of your system, and get yourself ready to meet your goal. It will run 12 weeks until August 9th and leave you with plenty of the summer to enjoy your progress. Best of all it’s free, so you have nothing to lose but weight.
Sign up soon as space will be limited. Make that commitment to yourself!
Check back starting tomorrow and I’ll begin giving advice on what foods to throw out, and what to stock up on, and more tips on getting in the right mindset. I’ll introduce you to some of the other people who will be there to help answer questions and give advice, and hopefully get you motivated and keep you there.