I work hard to lose weight. I lose weight then think, ‘Maybe I have cancer!’.

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I don’t have cancer but I am trying to figure out how I managed to lose 10lbs in 10 days. I have not been able to do some of the challenge days on this 30 day kettlebell challenge. Everyday life heavy lifting (there is more to being a homemaker than meets the eye), plus going for walks in the neighborhood have helped to keep me moving but I have not done a ‘formal’ workout in a couple of days. When I steppe don the scale this morning it was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting some weight loss but that this much this soon. I am aiming for a total of a 20lb drop in weight at the end of the 6 week challenge. I also plan to repeat these challenges until I hit my ultimate goal of 100+ pounds dropped. It may take all year. It may take 6 months. It does not matter how long it takes to drop the weight just that I keep up the effort I’ve put into dropping it to maintain the new weight.

I have a tendency to think that once the weight is gone, or the symptoms of inflammation have abated, that I can go back to eating how I had been before I decided to make changes. I cannot.

This is not a temporary activity to say; fit into a wedding dress, or look good for a first date, or for graduation or some other one-off special life event. All of life is special and I want to be in the best shape I can obtain in order to enjoy it as much as possible.

The mother of a friend of mine has decided that her knees hurt too much to walk to the bathroom so she has opted to wear diapers instead. At 76 years old there is really nothing wrong with her other than she is obese and it hurts to walk. Rather than make the effort to lose weight and gain strength, this woman has decided she would rather sh!t herself. I am stunned.

I am surrounded by people who will not put effort into their health to improve it or maintain it. The extra sad part in all of this is that both my friend and I are personal trainers educated in nutrition and of course how to workout to lose weight, improve health, etc. Rather than ask her daughter for advice, my friend’s mother is eating herself to death. I have family, and loved ones, eating themselves to death. It is a deadly spiral to get into but one that can be broken.

I don;t know if my weight loss will inspire family to change. My friend looks amazing and is healthy and yet her family has ignored her attempts at help. Her brother needlessly died last year of T2 diabetes.

If friends or family come to you to try and speak to you about your health… do not allow yourself to become offended. Listen to them but then devise your own path to wellness. I can always tell when I’ve gone too far in the wrong direction on my weight. The compliments stop happening (oh you’ve lost weight you look great!) but no one (except my dad once God bless him) has ever come out and tried to talk to me in a caring manner about getting healthy (As an adult. I got plenty of flack about my weight growing up though).

I had let myself go too much after getting married. There are many reasons why but there are more reasons for getting back into it.

If you have let yourself go or if you’ve never tried to get yourself righted with your weight there is no time like the present to make the decision to be a healthier version of yourself.

Here are a few things you can do to make a positive change in your health.

1. Stop drinking soda and sugary drinks. If you use flavored creamer switch to 1/2 & 1/2.

2. Drink more water. Take your weight divide it by 2 and drink that in ounces of water daily. Example: you weight 200lbs, drink 100 ounces of water per day. Unflavored, nothing added to it water.

3. Park far away (if it is safe) from the front door of your office, grocery store, church, etc., to increase your daily activity. You-WILL-get-stronger. Start small and build up the distance.

4. Go for a walk everyday in addition to trying to increase your steps. Do a planned walk morning, or evening, or both. Walking is one of the easiest exercises you can do to lose weight and stay healthy. If you are too heavy to walk, start by moving in your chair. You can do vigorous upper body exercises which will increase your heart rate and begin your transformation. I see people in my neighborhood who walk everyday no matter the weather and we’ve had some cold, snowy weather lately.

5. Stop eating white food. This means NO grains, No sugar, NO white potatoes, NO rice. Keto, paleo, carnivore… these diets are not a fad. This is how people ate before veganism became a fad. All of these low-fat, processed foods contain sugar and chemicals which in turn cause addiction. You will eventually overcome your sugar cravings but you need to eat well to feel well and to lose weight. Replace the sugar and carbs with animal fat; bacon, butter, dark meat from chicken or turkey, fatty beef, eggs, etc. Fat gives you good energy and helps your brain function properly. If, after a while, you find yourself having a difficult time losing weight or keeping it off, back off on the fat intake a bit and see if that works. You could try taking a salad and fish for lunch everyday for a month and see what happens. Stop eating processed food of any kind. If you cannot pronounce the ingredients, if it can last on a shelf for many years, avoid it.

6. Start lifting weights. I recommend buying one kettlebell and finding a workout that works for you.

7. Have a mindset of determination, of being mindful toward reaching your goals, and being successful in this endeavor.

8. Keep a journal of what you ate, when you worked out and the exercises you performed.

Few people actually enjoy working out. Many actors who workout to grow big or become lean for a part rarely keep their physique after filming has ended. One who does workout consistently is, Dwayne, ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

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