Monday, March 11, 2013

Ready To Make the Change?

So I’ve talked with so many people over the past year about what I did or didn’t do to lose the weight. And the more I talk with people, the more I find that there are some pretty screwed up ideas about losing weight and being healthy.

Before you continue to read, take a minute and think about these questions. What is your idea of being “healthy” and how do you think you achieve this goal?

It makes me really sad sometimes when I talk with a person who has struggled with weight all their life. Most of the time, I find that these are the people who have the worst answer to the questions above. I hear things from, I skip meals to save calories to I am on a diet where I take a pill before every meal to suppress my appetite. I’m telling you, I hear some crazy things. It breaks my heart.

Here is my encouragement to you. Forget everything you think you know about nutrition, eating clean and dieting. Chances are, what you think is right, just isn’t.

When I began to work with my nutritionist, I had almost 100 lbs. that I wanted to lose. Those 100 lbs. was the largest mountain in my life. But when I began to learn what it meant to eat clean and healthy, I threw out every preconceived idea that I had about living this lifestyle.

It all starts with just one change. Maybe it’s cutting out the soft drinks. It’s hard I know; the soft drinks are trash, especially diet drinks that have artificial sweeteners in them. Take a week and implement that change. Or maybe for you, it’s cutting out the chips and replacing them with veggies with you meal.

Each week, implement a change. Write the change down for each week. Tell your family and your friends so that they can hold you accountable.

As you begin to make these changes, it gets easier and easier to make a change per week.

Begin to educate yourself on what it means to live a healthy lifestyle (and I’m not talking about dieting here). I’m talking about eating 3 Balanced, Nutrient Packed Meals per day and 2 Snacks. Essentially, you are eating every 2 hours.

This is important because food becomes fuel to your body and metabolism. The more you “stoke” the fire, the more your metabolism works to digest your food. If you skip meals, you slow down your metabolism and your body is not running a peak performance. Imagine your body is High Performance Car. You can’t put the cheap gas in the car and expect it to run at its highest performance. Our bodies are the same way. Your body needs nutrient packed foods to perform at its highest.

And I promise you, you’ll have more energy, hormones will become balanced, you decrease your chances for disease and you’ll be overall motivated to make more of a life change.

I want to inspire people to live healthy lives. It’s your choice. You ready to make the change?


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