I may sound angry, I am. I’m tired of people’s excuses about getting fit.
Don’t be surprised if you see an overwhelming number of ads today on fitness and weight loss. Yep, today’s the day. This is the day most of us will feel guilty about what we ate over the holidays. Not that we’ll do anything about it, it’s just we feel awful. In fact, we might even join the gym.
According to Darren Beattie, Fitness Coach; only 16% of the population in America has a health club membership. The rest of that 50 million may belong to yoga, martial arts, Pilates, or alternative clubs.
My gym is so busy I think that everyone goes there. However, it’s not so. January is when most of us go on a health kick, and the stats reflect this. Apparently 12 per cent of all gym members’ sign up to gyms in January, yet these memberships seem to be short-lived and, according to the Fitness Industry Association, after just 24 weeks most people have quit or stopped attending. Do they expect they will get healthier by doing nothing?
There’s only one thing that makes this work; it’s your ability to take responsibility for yourself and what you do. Nothing annoys me more than listening to people talk about how they couldn’t stop themselves from overeating. It’s such crap. Stop blaming everyone else for your inability to lose weight. If you’re not losing weight, it’s likely because you continue to make bad decisions. If you want to eat donuts, do it but don’t expect to lose weight.
I talked to my friend today about her weight-loss program. She is tracking her walking and holding herself accountable. She says it makes all the difference in the world. She excitedly told me she had had completed 70 work outs, and now she looks forward to them.
“Don’t say I can’t have that for the rest of my life!” Instead say, I can have it later.” (Most likely you won’t’ want it!)
“Keep the big picture in mind but set small goals.”
You are responsible for your own life period. No one makes you do anything or makes you eat. It’s like no one can make you sad or happy, you choose either one.
If you want to lose weight, you will have to give up your overindulgence in carbs. Most people do well for about four weeks, and then they give up. What is it with people? They can’t make a big sacrifice to give up junk food to get healthy and look better?
I listen to people talk about how hard it is to lose weight, and I just walk away. STOP with the excuses; if you want to lose weight stop eating, it’s simple. I didn’t say easy, I said simple. If you want a treat have it once a month not every day!!
You didn’t put all the weight on in three weeks so what makes you think you can take it off in three weeks?
What makes you think you can keep it off after the three weeks by going back to old habits?
If you want something to change you have to change it and stop fooling yourself. There are people who really have a tough time; they come back from the war without limbs and can barely walk. However, they make it their business to get fit, work extra hard, compete and cause a change in their lives. That’s who we should be looking at for motivation.
One of my pet peeves is people who say they “walk” for exercise. To them, it means walking to the grocery store and back. How does this become exercise? We have legs that take us to the grocery store but don’t mistake this for exercise. There are people in this world who have to forge for food, walk miles in blazing heat just to live, and they do it. That’s exercise.
You can continue over eating and get one of those life threatening diseases that could be prevented by keeping your weight down and staying fit. What we’re talking about is living and staying healthy. It’s your life, either do it or stop talking about it.
Do I dare say, Happy New Year?
Lisbeth has been helping businesses build changes in their organizations for over 20 years. To schedule a consultation, reach her at [email protected]
Today I attended a Weight Watchers meeting. What started out as a “fact-finding mission,” has turned into a lifetime membership. I’ve been attending for a year; weighing in weekly and often staying for the meetings. I never thought I would stay, but I find the people and the meeting inspiring. Today we discussed things in the environment that we can’t change.
I went out to eat the other night and noticed that everyone was taking home more than I was eating. There were mounds and mounds of food on everyone’s plate. I kept thinking, if I ate all that food I would just continue to gain weight, but the food looked so appetizing. I heard a little voice say in my head, “It’s not for me.” I guess that’s what going to Weight Watchers for a year will do for you.
Is your environment unhealthy? Here are some tips for staying on top of it.
1. Remember stress of some form will always be in your life. You may choose to see it as stress or change it to excitement. We may not be able to change the stress but we can change how we react to it.
2. Have an escape plan. If things get too much for you, get out. One of the men said he was so overwhelmed by the food at an open house; he just left via the back door. Occupy your mind with something different. I have a friend who “worries it forward.” Instead of waiting for the “think to happen, “ in her mind, a “possibility that it might” means it has. According to a poll on the health site, for example, roughly 70% of readers find themselves ruminating quite often, and only around 5% find that they are able to let things go almost immediately. To ruminate is one way to think or exercise the mind or one’s power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions or arrive at a solution. Instead of getting done with it, you think about it over and over. Do you think you’re prone to “ruminating?” Take this test and find some helpful tips to get you away from this habit.
3. Distract yourself from the uncomfortable thing. This will help you forget about it and put together a new plan. You can read a book, turn on the television or take your dog for a walk. Be a good friend and look for positive people.
4. Be mindful of your situation. Instead of going off into the “what if,” become grounded in reality. Reality might not feel like the safest place to be, but you will have more options there.
5. If you’re stressed, make sure you get enough sleep. Without the proper amount of sleep, things look a lot worse. Consider a short nap to perk up your stress coping abilities.
6. The best way to lessen your stress is to go for a run or exercise. Exercise raises your endorphins and will give you energy. The environment continually changes giving us more things to deal with. The better we are with coping the more pleasant our lives.
Lisbeth helps businesses improve their customer service and the customer experience. To have her talk to your team or schedule a call, reach her at 518.495.5380.
I have become extremely interested in health over the past five years. Two years ago I became a certified personal trainer bringing health to the forefront of my live. Cancer and heart disease have taken at least 10 people in my immediate family.
There is new evidence on heart disease since the 1990’s that has shown that heart disease is irreversible. Basically, it has to do with changing your diet and getting off the couch. It’s not just getting off the couch; it’s getting off and pushing the body. Ever since my two days at Engine 2 and my continued reading about heart disease, the more I am committed to daily exercise. Many of us live a very sedentary existence. If you are interested in your health, pick up a copy of Engine 2 by Rip Esselstyne.
I remember when going outside was what I lived for. As a kid, I wanted to jump on my bike, feel the wind against my face and ride. To me, it was more than transportation; it was freedom; I was in my own world away from my mother’s watchful eyes. Sitting on the couch wasn’t that much fun.
I wasn’t that much interested in television, and the iPad wasn’t released until 2010. You would think it’s been around for 20 years. Most of us come home, eat dinner and relax on the couch with several connected devices. We can watch television, answer mail and shop in our own home. According to Bob Thacker, former CMO for Office Max, “The consumer is engaging in discovery for not only large things, but for small things also.” That means more time on the couch.
What about those people at work?
If you’re like the rest of us, you’re sitting at your desk for hours at a time. If your job involves cranking out paper, how can you avoid it? What’s worse, when you get home, you’re sitting on the couch until you go to bed.
The British Journal of Sports Medicine studied the health of people who watch TV and compared it to those who don’t watch TV. According to the study, we can expect a reduction of 21.8 minutes from our life span for every hour watched! If you watch six hours of television daily, you’ll live 4.8 fewer years than a person who doesn’t watch television. Apparently, it’s not the television or the iPad; it’s the sedentary lifestyle. We’re all turning into the dreaded couch potatoes.
Many of us sit for 10 hours straight. At that rate, I will be dead before I know it, with my head on my desk. Does that mean us working couch potatoes need to buy a treadmill fitness desk, so we can walk and work? Apparently not only can you “walk and work” but you can eat lunch, answer your phone and lose some weight. Before you run or walk out to get one of these contraptions, you might want to think about it. I’m still not sure how I can walk, eat, talk and use my computer at the same time, there are some other suggestions. It’s obvious that sitting for 6-10 hours straight isn’t good for your short or long-term health. It doesn’t matter what you do, you just have to do something.
Dr. Saurabh Thosar, a post-doctoral researcher from the Oregon Health and Science University, found that five minutes walked can reverse harm caused to leg arteries during prolonged sitting. According to Dr. Thosar, “We have shown that prolonged sitting impairs endothelial function, which is an early marker of cardio-vascular disease and that breaking sitting time prevents the decline in that function.”
So don’t wait for your lunch break to walk. Get up every hour and put on some music, get on your treadmill, get out your hula hoop and get five minutes of exercise.
I just heard my timer; it’s time for me to start my five minutes.
Lisbeth Calandrino has been providing business consulting on sales and customer retention for the past twenty years. She has never forgotten her love for sports and has spent the last 5 years participating in Yoga and is a certified personal trainer through PTIA.
A recent Engine 2 retreat has continued to renew her interest in health.