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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Evaluate your health and fitness

  • Nearly everyone knows how to lose weight, right? Eat fewer calories, exercise more, and you will see results.
    This statement is filled with some truth, but as soon as the program begins, we all realize there is much more involved when
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  • Nearly everyone knows how to lose weight, right? Eat fewer calories, exercise more, and you will see results.
    This statement is filled with some truth, but as soon as the program begins, we all realize there is much more involved when attempting to lose those unwanted pounds and inches.
    It has been my experience that when people have problems losing weight or sticking to eating the right foods, the key can be found in the motivation to lose weight and/or our unrealistic expectations.
    We seem to expect the weight to disappear much quicker than the rate we put it on.
    If you think back, most weight gain has been accumulating over 10 to 50 years, depending on the age of the individual, however, when we start to lose weight, we get down on ourselves because we only lose four pounds in two weeks.
    Of course these types of negative thoughts can be all it takes to either slow down the best of results, or make you discontinue your efforts all together.
    This is a harsh reality of what many go through, but should not, because experts will tell you that safe weight loss should be done at a rate of one to two pounds per week.
    So, my friend, tip one of the day is for you to remember that if you are losing one to two pounds per week, be ecstatic and proud of the great job you are doing!
    Just be patient and continue to stay active, giving your body the right vitamins, minerals, and healthy nutrition, because at that rate, in two short months you will be down nearly 20 pounds!
    Now that is definitely results you can be proud of!
    Who knows, it could be the start that gives you the strength and confidence to want to maintain better health as a way of life.
    Many people have trouble losing weight and keeping it off, even with the best of intentions.
    If this is you, I challenge you to think about what could be getting in the way of results.
    I also encourage you to think about all of the great health benefits that come with eating more healthy, exercising, and losing weight.
    Some good reasons could be for your better health, you may want to enjoy more time with the kids being active, you may want to be more dependent as you age.
    Maybe you’ve started to clearly identify that you don’t feel good and your energy and performance are declining.
    Maybe your career has physical requirements.
    Only you will know what is most important in your life.
    Page 2 of 3 - Whatever it is, I challenge you to honor, respect, and allow it motivate you like nothing else could, towards your weight loss, health, and fitness goals.
    I challenge you to believe that to change your weight, you have first got to change your mind.
    One of the most important factors that influences weight loss success is your attitude.
    It is all about whether or not you believe, and keep believing, that you can make the changes to lose weight, and that they are worth doing.
    Because remember that what you think affects ultimately what actions you take.
    If you are eating too much, it might be a good idea to try and understand why you eat.
    Many times we don’t overeat because we’re hungry.
    More than likely it is due to some negative emotion, like feeling angry, lonely, sad, tired, stressed, bored, or being anxious that has triggered a habit of using food to feel better.
    The urge to eat can make you feel like you have no will power, or are out of control, but it doesn’t have to be that way because we can condition and educate ourselves so that we realize when this is happening to us and prevent it.
    The good thing is that the more you break the eating when you’re not hungry habit, the weaker its hold becomes on you!
    Use self-talk to your advantage.
    These are the automatic thoughts that we constantly make to ourselves that influence how we feel and act.
    It may be positive and constructive like a guardian angel, or it can be negative like the devil.
    Think about some of the things you say to yourself, and if they are negative, take the time to reshape them to positive thoughts.
    Just like my earlier example about how some people get discouraged with a four-pound weight loss in a two-week period, while that should have been reshaped as a positive statement that will produce nearly a 20-pound weight loss result in two short months.
    It’s all about how we think!
    Discipline yourself to develop healthy habits.
    Start a healthy vitamin and nutrition program that works, increase your physical activity, and make it an important part of daily life!
    Finally, take control by choosing what you eat based on your goals.
    By doing this you get to make a conscious decision weighing the pros and cons of making the choice, and feeling free to have it, reject it, or just have some.
    Page 3 of 3 - It helps you come to terms with food and stops you from feeling deprived.
    It also helps remind yourself regularly why you are making changes to your eating habits, which keeps your motivation to lose weight high.
    Until next week, keep up the good work, please go out and make it a great nutritious and healthy day!
    To get started on healthy weight loss nutrition products, stop by Reggies Personal Training and Nutrition Products, 104 E. Main, Shawnee, or call for an appointment at 405-613-0237, email reggiesnutrition@hotmail.com, or check out products at www.yourhealthmatterstruewealthathome.com.

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