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How do you Lose the Weight? FOCUS AND KNOWLEDGE

Monday, June 04, 2012

Here's my article for my Boot Camp group for this week.......

FOCUS AND KNOWLEDGE

It took me 15 years to finally figure out how to lose the extra 15 pounds I was carrying. If someone would ask me what helped me to finally accomplish my goal, I would have to say FOCUS AND KNOWLEDGE.
The saying, “what you don’t know won’t hurt you” may be true in some situations. For instance, I really am better off not knowing if there’s a spider crawling around on my bed while I’m asleep. However, if I’m eating something that is causing me to actually gain or hold on weight (or even worse making me sick), then what I’m not aware of is hurting me. When I have the knowledge I need, I can make informed decisions. We all have consumed things that we have no idea what they are doing to our body. MSG, partially hydrogenated oils, synthetic manmade chemicals and preservatives are pervasive in our food supply and we’ve come to accept this as just the “American way” or more likely most people just don’t understand how harmful these things are to our bodies. However, God created foods like fruits and vegetables to be fuel for our bodies. He didn’t make cheese puff trees and chocolate cake bushes. He knows what we need and He put those things in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds etc. So in order to truly accomplish your health and fitness goals you have to know how your body works and what will help your body to lose weight and get fit. Once you understand that you have such an awesome power to bring real change. It’s truly amazing the body will respond when given the right tools!
Now, back to focus…in order to accomplish any goal it takes focus. It’s the little foxes that spoil the vine. Finishing that last bite on your child’s plate plus test tasting the spaghetti sauce five times and snacking on cookies while cooking dinner all add way more calories to our daily total than we realize. This is where focus helps. When you make little changes, the calories savings add up! Tracking your food will help you to keep that focus. When I began tracking my food it changed my DECISIONS about what and how much I ate. It also gave me the knowledge and assurance that I was doing everything I could and I knew that it would soon pay off. A recent study found that those who track their food intake lost twice as much weight as those who did not! That means you can double your weight loss just by tracking! There is just something about it. It keeps you accountable to yourself! Now I know what you’re thinking…”that’s just too time consuming, I don’t have time to do that!” I know because I’ve felt the same way. But I found that when I just get started and keep doing it, the rewards are so great. It really should not take but about 10-15 minutes of your day. You are worth the investment of time. You can use a notebook or any free online tracking tool such as sparkpeople.com. It really doesn’t matter which one you use, it's just important to use it! My challenge to you this week is track your food and stay within your calorie range for the goals you are trying to achieve and see what happens!!
When you understand what food is good and bad and how important exercise is for your body, it will help you focus. Focus will help you stay on track. Just think, we eat 3 meals a day and often 1-2 snacks a day. That’s a lot of opportunity to “blow it” on calories. It takes FOCUS to stay within your calorie range. I think the saying; “if you’re failing to plan, you’re planning to fail” fits well here. Planning out ahead of time will help you stay focused on your choices and make great decisions.

So here are some tips in a nutshell:
• Plan your food for the week on Sundays. Know what you’re going to eat at each meal, so you can prepare ahead of time. Pack up those veggies and fruit snacks in plastic bags or containers on Sunday night so you can grab and go.
• Track your food at least 5 days a week.
• Track your exercise too!
• Read up on nutrition and fitness….the more you know, the better decisions you’ll make.
• Read the label on any food you are about to consume…you might just change your mind. Try to eat more foods that don’t have labels like fruits and veggies! 
• FOCUS AND KNOWLEDGE are POWER to TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE!

Next week…we’re going to add to our KNOWLEDGE!
Have a great week! You can do this!!
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