How was your first month of 2013? Did you succeed?
Heya ladies and gents,
So 2013 is finally picking up speed again and I am excited to hear how your “first month of the rest of your life” went?
Just starting the challenge is not enough, you have to finish it. I always have such a “chuckle” at those first time gym-go’ers! You know, those peeps who always press the “fast stop” button on the treadmill just to find themselves coming to an awkward stop. Or wait...how about the ladies who take up “your spot” in your favourite aerobics class! Ah, I’m having a laugh right now! Cracks me up every time! Funny thing is, “us locals” have been here all along and we will be here at the end of the year as well. Question is, will I be seeing you on the treadmill come December? I really hope so! Well, the gym experience can be very daunting and your new outfit might not get you too far in the gym politics without my Legally Fit pointers!
1.If the big-huge and massively oversizedshouts out a grunt or two whilst lifting 200kg’s, going up to him with your teeny, tiny physique and “it’s my first day in the gym” look, would most probably not be totally advisable, yet ‘uber’ funny! The guy is HUGE...really?
2.If you want to use a treadmill always remember that there must be a queue somewhere, find it before you get run over. And always remember that if you spot the super dooper fit person on the treadmill, covered in sweat and going over the 20min limit...the person most probably knows that there is a limit but is doing what you should be doing after the person finished...run for 40 minutes!
3.Yes people sweat in the gym;
4.Always look ‘gorge when walking into gym, but be warned that “newbies” easily spotted when leaving the gym with perfect hair, makeup and a clean sweat towel. Not cool!
5.It’s called a super set! If you see a gym bunny occupying more than one machine at a time, that bunny is most probably a local, knows what he is doing and might just “pound” you if you interfered with his 2 hour workout. You were warned here first!
With that said, we locals welcome the “newbies” to our gyms and I really look forward to hopefully seeing your results!! You can do it! Believe!
Fun weekly challenge:
50 x Jumping Jacks moving forward and back;
20 x push-ups
50 x high knee runs
10 x burpees with push-ups
20 x squat jumps forward and back
20 x football drill runs with bent legs
(lets see how fast you can get this one done!)
Interesting fact on counting calories:
Calculate the total calories of each meal that come from each of the nutrients. Multiply the total grams of carbohydrates by four. Multiply the total grams of protein by four. Multiply the total grams of fat by nine. For instance, if you consumed 53g of carbohydrates for breakfast, multiply it by four. Of the total calories in your breakfast, 212 of the calories are from carbs.
IF YOU’RE ON THE TREADMILL NEXT TO ME, THE ANSWER IS YES…WE ARE RACING
As I am preparing just as hard as most of you out there for the next show, reaching my own personal best or just for summer I am being confronted with everyday life, challenges and excuses. Over the past few weeks I have heard so many different variations on gym excuses. It is just shocking how many people want to look like their fitness idol, but should you even dare to tell them that the picture they see is the result of endless amounts of sweat, cravings and tears...they just stutter over this believe and prefer to stay in “la-la land” where skinny people are born that way and they have this horrendous genetic incapability to ever lose weight. And you will just not understand!
Ok, well...always remember that “de-nail is not only a river in Egypt” and there will come a day when you will have to admit that the Easter bunny is not real, Christmas Father is a myth and yes...you too can work just as hard, as those people, and prove all “genetic myths wrong”. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely some cases, in the minority, where genetics do play a very big role in the weight-loss process. I’m talking about those people who are not obese by a long shot, but completely believe that the last 5 kg’s are just meant to haunt, torment and follow them for all of eternity.
It takes HARD work. And that’s the UGLY TRUTH!
Eating every other hour, taking buckets full of supplements and vitamins and in between everything else making time for normal life challenges as well. I have always aimed in providing you with a touch of reality when it comes to this subject as I have just seen far too many fancy and cute little cherrie-pie topped lies out there giving people false hope. Then when they meet the real deal and learn how much work it takes, dreams are shattered, cheat-meals are devoured and fit depression sets in.
But you know what, after this reality sets in, I always seem to find them lurking around in the gym and starting the long but valuable journey to a new life. If you want the truth, you will hear it from me. If you want a beautiful fairytale, go read up on how Cinderella was “born that way” and feel completely happy with your own make-believe-weight-loss story. Maybe if you believe it long enough, it just might happen!
Now that I have scared, screamed and brought you close to tears you are at the perfect place to take in my Top 10 tips for your most effective weight-loss strategy to date:
Structure your life and you will structure your eating;
Portion control is crucial;
Stay clear of compulsive and emotional eating;
Yes! You have to take supplements;
Eat slowly to notice when you become satisfied;
Never feel deprived, eat often;
Enjoy your food, it’s one of life’s greatest pleasures, not a punishment;
Exercise, if you are not losing weight you are 1) not training hard or often enough or 2) you are the only one who thinks you are doing it right;
Get enough sleep in as this will aid in recovering and with your metabolic rate;
There is no quick fix, "fad" diet or wonder tablet, it takes a lifestyle change. A choice. How long will it take? That depends on YOU!
On that note, make every session a competition and not just a social session! I am eager to hear about your new set goals, accomplishments and success stories! Believe to receive!