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What’s Your Motivation?

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I wanted to write this post to motivate you. To motivate me. To motivate this girl. In the time I trained her she changed so much. She lost a lot of weight, near 65lbs. She became stronger. But more than the physical, she became more confident. I loved working with her and love working with people like her. She groaned and whined and cried but she pushed through it, every workout.  She had decided at a certain time she was going to go it on her own, which I totally understand. In fact, for me, it’s a dream when my clients are willing to go it on their own. My hope is that I give them the tools and the know-how to be confident enough to workout without someone telling them what to do. Be aware, this is not an easy thing to do. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. You have to push yourself harder (as though you had a trainer yelling at you), you have to make the time and you have to find the motivation. What are you working out for? To be healthy for you and your family? To teach your kids the right way? To fit into that bathing suit? To run a marathon? To look good in a LBD? Whatever it is, remind yourself of it today. Get up, give yourself 30 minutes to go for a walk/run, lift some weights, do some yoga. Move today! Don’t wait for tomorrow. You can do it! Heidi, I’m talking to you!!

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Go Ahead, Have Some More

Sometimes after women have been working with me for a few weeks they’ll come to me and say that they are frustrated because they aren’t seeing any results. The first question I ask is, “are you eating enough?”. Not eating enough is a pretty common problem among women. If you are working out regular, in order to lose weight, you need enough calories. If you aren’t getting enough calories your body will stop shedding the weight and will start storing the calories because it thinks it’s in starvation mode. You can read more about it here.

When trying to lose weight, I suggest using a food tracking app, such as My Fitness Pal. These apps can be really helpful for a few reasons. First, you put in your personal information and your fitness goals and it will tell you how many calories you should have. You can also check this through other websites to make sure it’s giving you the right amount. Next, it has a huge library of foods with the nutritional information and you can scan barcodes on food you buy at the grocery store. It will also link with a Fitbit to track your exercise or you can manually enter your exercise. The important thing to remember is that if you burn 300 calories walking, that negates 300 calories you ate for breakfast and you need to make those calories up through eating more. The app will show you what calories you have remaining to fill your body with. 

You will have a lot of success if you eat enough of the right things and exercise. Don’t fill your body with sugar and bread and calories from drinks. Remember that changing your lifestyle can be hard but well worth the reward of living a fitter, healthier life.