Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Guest Post: 6 TIPS FOR YOUR 6-WEEK WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE!

6 TIPS FOR YOUR 6-WEEK WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE!

Congratulations on taking up the Journey 2 Milfhood’s 6-Week Weight Loss Challenge!  By signing-up you’re acknowledging that #1 you could use a little weight loss and #2 you want to be healthy and fit…or maybe just look extra gorgeous in your suit this summer?!  Whatever the reason, you've made an excellent but not an easy choice.  Let’s face it, exercise is hard and weight loss is definitely challenging!  If it wasn't, we wouldn't have an obesity epidemic in this country.

Thanks to Alexis, I’m here to help!  Who am I?  I’m a fitness professional, certified trainer and instructor who had been in the biz for over 10 years.  I’m also a mom to 4 year-old twin boys who go non-stop so I know how challenging it can be to fit in a workout or eat healthy.  The trick is to make it a priority and keep your eyes on the weight-loss prize – whatever that is for you; a number on the scale, a race goal, feeling better, looking better, having more energy – the possibilities (and benefits) are endless!

 Here are 6 tips (one for each week of the challenge!) to help you stay the course:

 1.  MAKE SMALL CHANGES: You will see big results from making a few small changes.  The “rules” of this challenge outline some perfect ones: drink only water, exercise 30 minutes a day and limit fast food to once per week.  Follow those and you’ll be off to a great start!
 2.  FIND EXERCISE YOU LIKE TO DO: I know that may sound like an oxymoron but you may surprise yourself if you try a variety of classes or workouts.  One question I’m asked most as a personal trainer is “what’s the best exercise to loose weight?”  The answer is the one that you will DO!  Just move for 30 minutes or more a day (as outlined in the rules!) and you will feel better, eat better and have more energy!

3.  MAKE EXERCISE A PRIORITY:  Just like anything else, you have to find the time to sweat – especially if you’re a busy mom or dad.  Find a gym with a daycare or swap childcare with a friend for fitness time and then return the favor!  Getting up early is always a good option but may also be a least favorite one.

 4.  EAT OFF YOUR KIDS PLATE: I’m sure you've heard (as I have) many moms lament “It’s not helping my weight loss to constantly be eating off my kid’s plate”.  Why is your kid eating so much junk?  You should be able to eat off your kid’s plate without worry.  If they’re older and are already used to eating a lot of high sugar or high salt foods you should try to wean them off now.  It won’t be easy but neither is childhood obesity.  If they’re young and not eating healthy then start slow with a few fruits and vegetables. The entire family will benefit!

 5.  SET ATTAINABLE GOALS:  Be honest with yourself about how much you can take on.  Men and especially women play so many different and important roles that we often don’t take the time we need to care for ourselves, however, there’s no negotiating around certain responsibilities.  Don’t set yourself up to fail!  If you’re new to exercise or are coming off maternity leave just set small daily or weekly goals.  It always helps to write these down! Get some post-it notes and write motivational messages and then post them where they can be seen – bathroom mirrors, refrigerators, etc.  These will serve as “gentle” reminders to spend some time kicking your own butt.

6.  REWARD YOURSELF: This is ultimately why we all do what we do.  Whether it’s to live a better, longer, healthier life or to have more ice cream – it’s all about the reward!  When it comes to fitness, try to make the rewards non-food based like new workout clothes or that handbag you've been eyeing.  I recently read an incentive plan that Olympic medalist runner Kara Goucher suggested:  Give yourself a dollar for every mile you run (or hour you spend at the gym!) and then buy yourself something each month with the money you've saved.  Now get out there and start making some money!
GOOD LUCK to everyone on your 6 week journey!  Hopefully it will last for much more then that.


I’d love to hear feedback, your exercise updates or have you visit me on my blog at www.vitatrain4life.com


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Thank you so much, for the GREAT tips!!! You are truly an inspiration, Allie! :) 
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