You've heard (read) me say over and over that if I can do it, anyone can! I know I'm eyebrow deep in competition prep, and my blog has been reflecting that, but I wanted to share with you about real life transformations. Yes, they are possible! Yes, it's possible for YOU!
If you've spent any time on my site, you know I've transformed. I've been posting my daily coolers since January 2010 (wow!), but I get a lot of emails (no kidding, about 10 a week) asking what I ate during my weight loss journey. That's what I ate. When I hit goal, I decided to not fix what wasn't broken. I kept the diet lifestyle - the general calorie range and the macro-nutrients (a balance of protein/carb/fat - 33% of my calories came from lean protein, 33% carbs, 33% fat) because it worked. Over the years, there have been times I've tweaked it for various reasons, most notably my current competition prep, but the "every-day" coolers are how I lost the weight. Add in my 3x/week strength training and my 3-5x/week cardio (30 min), and you have my formula for success.
In my daily life, I come across people who judge me for the way I look. Granted, right now I'm a tad bit leaner than is "normal", lol, but even prior to competition training/diet, I would get those looks. Should circumstances allow a conversation, almost inevitably, diet & fitness come in to play. And can I share a real frustration? No one believes me! I say I've lost over 70 lbs and I get the "shut the #$%@ up" look. I've taken to carrying my before/after book with me. Seriously. If I don't have my book handy, I whip out my smart-phone and pull up my website. Then, once the photos are accepted as proof that yes, I was indeed fat once (and not that long ago), I get the next "look". The one that conveys that I am somehow superhuman, and they could never achieve what I have. I don't swear often on this blog - I try to keep my potty-mouth to myself, but I have to say it... bullshit.
Here are a few of the objections I hear, along with my (not so tactful) answers - please don't take this as being mean. It's not, I'm not. I just want to point out that you absolutely can transform your body, your life, your world.
No, it's too expensive to eat out every meal for 6 people. Do the math.
Brown rice, oatmeal, yogurt, fish, chicken, eggs, beef, seasonal produce. Nothing exotic there.
Really? REALLY? You gonna make me say it? Fine - I have a full time job, a husband who's running his own business, 4 teens, a dog, a blog, a website, clients, bills, .... oh, and a social life. When it's important - you make the time. Period.
I didn't have it either, that's why I was fat. Discipline is a learned behavior.
Seriously? Gave it a whole week, didya? Wow. Folks, the body is like taxes. You know how you pay in April for the year ending previously in December? There's a time-delay. You're not going to see anything but water-weight-loss in a week, if you're lucky. It takes 2-4 weeks for the body to make a nutrition/metabolism adjustment - and that's if you're consistent in the routine! Give it time!
Lifting weights won't make you bulk up. Steroids will make you bulk up.
First, you can't say nothing helps, when cardio is all you've tried. Cardio isn't everything. Actually, cardio has limited value. EAT CLEAN, then lift weights and do cardio. The formula works.
But you want to know a secret? Even that can't stop you from transforming. It's only been in the last year or two that I've begun truly kicking those words out of my life. I went my whole weight loss journey telling myself I couldn't do it.
Huh. I guess I could. Surprised the heck out of me! Know what that means? YOU CAN DO THIS RIGHT NOW. You can transform! You don't have to learn to stop saying I can't before you can succeed - you just have to take the next step instead of the next seat.
(Of course, dumping the negativity is major personal growth and should be a goal for all of us.)
Take the next step. Then the next. Pretty soon, you'll arrive at a goal and go, Huh, I guess I could.
Here are a couple of my friends I'd love to introduce you to. They've completely transformed themselves. You'll be shocked! I'm so in awe of what they've done, and continue to do. They're 100% inspiration, and 100% real.
Tracey Weaver (aka Traweaver)
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