Your pants are too tight. Your gut is hanging over your seat belt. When you jump up and down in front of the mirror naked, things are shaking that shouldn’t. You need to loose weight. Ugh!
Welcome to the battle over half of America will join this post holiday season. Maybe you took a sabbatical from your normal regime or are just now starting to think about doing something for you and your health make sure you don’t skip step 1.
We all remember being a little younger, a little more resilient and a lot thinner. If we needed to lose weight we’d just go out for a run or miss a couple of meals, the latter not being very healthy. As we age we need to be a little bit more cautious when engaging in a new weight loss routine. We can often cause more damage on that first run then we can benefit from it. One of the most important thing we can do is think about what we want to accomplish and set ourselves a goal.
Be as specific as possible when setting your goal. Don’t just say you want to lose weight and get a flat stomach. Say, “I’d like to lose 25 lbs and get a size 32 waist.” These real numbers will help you on your journey.
Once we have our goal set we can begin to think about what mode or modes of exercise we will be using or if we are going to hire a personal trainer. Starting to sound exciting, isn’t it?
However, before we do any of that we need to clear our minds and get into the weight loss mindset.
As a personal trainer in Las Vegas, for the past 8 years, I have had the privilege of working with some amazing people ranging from celebrities, to stay at home moms and even professional athletes. Throughout all of those diverse people one thing was constant. Without the right mindset, we were not going to accomplish our goal.
I’ve had clients who sign up for training hoping to lose 30 or 40 pounds and they show up for every workout, but they don’t get their nutrition under control and only lose 10 lbs over the course of the program. Then one day after a year of battling their is a change in mindset and within 6 weeks they have changed their nutrition and have hit their goal.
It’s a complete commitment to reach ones fitness goals. It’s mindset, nutrition and then exercise. It doesn’t always happen in that order but the mindset is the element that truly pulls it all together. That little philosophical shift is what gets you over the hump and sprinting towards your final goal.
In a nutshell. Take the time to clear your mind. Envision your success, make yourself accountable and be prepared for the day. This change in mindset will undoubtedly spill over into other areas of your life and make you a healthier happier person.
Las Vegas Personal Trainer
CEO – Forget The Gym