Where do your measurements BEST match?
One of my good friends just got married, and for a year before that she had decided to get into shape. She worked out hardcore for 6 months straight and lost a bunch of weight!! She looks amazing now, not that she didn’t before- but as a friend, you don’t tend to notice things like that until there is a dramatic difference. Now, she still monitors her eating habits to maintain her healthy lifestyle & at times when I want to get us ice cream for the night she turns it down and I tell her, “Come on!! You’re not working out like a mad man anymore!!” She just replies with something along the lines of wanting to keep the weight off [commendable!!] and how easy it is to slip back to what she calls the “Fat & Happy Stage”.
Fat & Happy or Fat & Depressed?
To even find out if you do fall in the range of being over weight- you can take your BMI [Body Mass Index] and find out your Body Fat percentage. It depends on age, sex, ect… BUT if you do fall into the “Over Weight” or “Obese” categories- then which are you? Fat & Happy or Fat & Depressed? Brandi [who is shown above] was Fat & Depressed… Her life was busy with a new baby, a husband who she didn’t have time for, her own business, friends who she was losing touch with, ect… You know, LIFE!! So, 3 years after she had her son- she just looked into the mirror it really hit her that she needed to get back into shape. Well, naturally a busy mother looks for the least time consuming path, which for Brandi meant home workout videos [that she never touched] or diets [that she never stuck to].
Once Brandi saw a friend of hers go through her workout “transformation”, she was desperate to find time in her busy life to go workout with the personal trainer that her friend did!! But as Brandi says, she just had to STOP with all of her “excuses, excuses, excuses”!! My friend- the fat & happy one :] said that she just never really realized she wasn’t completely happy with her body until her wedding day was approaching because she was having a great time in life: a loving boyfriend, a great group of friends, accomplishing her school work, ect… She was having such a great time in life that she was blind-sighted to her body changing in a way that she, now with new nuptial perspective, wanted to change!
How Can Your Weight-loss Transformation Be Like Brandi’s:
Reading through the article on Brandi, there are key factors that were crucial to her weight-loss transformation!
1.) She Dropped the Excuses & Made Time!! [Women in San Diego who are starting on this transformation journey- I attend a personal training women’s workout group every tue/thurs/sat mornings at 6am and saturdays at 7am. This leaves plenty of time to get ready for work and have girl time in the morning!!]
2.) She Became Inspired!! For Brandi, seeing a friend go through the transformation was enough to motivate her to leave the excuses behind… So what is your inspiration? Do you miss your pre-pregnancy jeans? Is this next summer the summer you travel to foreign countries hoping to find a foreign love? Have you watched a friend or family member lose control of their weight & you don’t want that for yourself? Whatever your motivation/inspiration- make sure it is strong enough to push you through those mornings where you have to fight to get out of bed in order to go continue on in your transformation!!
3.) She Was Comfortable With Her Trainer!! Brandi talks of Micah as a “dear friend” after 6 months of constantly seeing him. It is important that you feel like you can sweat, grunt, cry, and even yak if need be in front of your trainer and/or group!! What I personally love about our Busy Mom’s Fitness group [or Ripped Body Boot Camp] is that the couple leading us women along in our workout journey are the best part of our workout!! Both so down to earth and caring people that you make friend right away!! Sames goes with all the women in our group, and that is what keeps you coming back for more- is that these women are counting on you to be there!!
4.) She Showed Up!! This is the MOST important step of all!! Step 1-3 will get you to this point- but once you are HERE, you are ON YOUR WAY to your weight loss transformation IF you can just follow through with this goal each and every week!! Showing up IS half the battle, but if you do- you will see result like Brandi!! There is no doubt about the power of consistency when it comes to fitness!!
I myself am going through this transformation!! You are certainly NOT alone!! However, if you feel like you have steps 1-2 down, but are looking for a place to work out and a trainer and/or group to start getting comfortable with- then try out the workout group I am going through in order to look like Brandi :] If you live in the San Diego area, then our workouts are located in Del Mar!! Contact me if you are wanting help with step 3!! It would be my pleasure to see others choosing to do this transformation with me!!
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