This is what happens when you change your diet and exercise habits. Reach out to the coaches, they can help you find what works for you.
For many years I made the choice to be overweight, by not exercising, eating as much of anything I wanted (generally fired, or highly processed foods), and not sleeping right (3-4 hours a night). This resulted in me reaching almost 400LBs on a frame designed for no more than 200lbs, I developed Sleep apnea, and was well on my way to diabetes and other major health issues. About 3.5 years ago I made the decision that things needed to change so I could get my life back and get healthy. A lot of doctors and trainers will give you the raw numbers of get down to X calories a day, Y grams of carbs/protein, and Z minutes of cardio/exercise per week. Which can be hard to track and even harder to stick with. I know I heard the story from them for years, of course it went in one ear and right out the other as I chowed down on the bucket of fried chicken with a side of soda. The one thing that is left out of all these formulas is the drive and determination it is going to take. Weight loss has to be for yourself, not because someone else is pushing you to do it. Don’t get me wrong having friends and family that support you will help, but the choice has to be yours. So far I’ve lost about 170LBs with at least another 40-50lbs to go for where I want to be. When I tell people how much I’ve lost, I generally hear two things “that’s amazing”, followed by “how did you do it”. The way myself and a few others I know managed to make this kind of change is by making better choices on diet, exercise, and sleep habits.
Tackling the diet is tough, especially with the pace that most of us live our lives. Dinning out is not your friend if you are trying to lose weight. Start small, make yourself a healthy low calorie, high fiber breakfast every daily. Eat a lot of higher fiber vegetables and lean meats. Avoid fried foods, processed foods, foods high in carbohydrates and things dripping in sauces. After a short while, you’ll find that you’re not craving the pizzas and burgers and you’ll actually want the grilled or broiled chicken/fish and veggies. Drink lots of water, you’d be surprised how many times you think you’re hungry and actually you’re thirsty. Always remember it is your choice, if you want to lose the weight make the choices that matter and its OK to treat yourself just don’t over indulge.
Exercise is an evil word for so many of us, I know I work at a job that I’m sitting on my rump 40+ hours a week in front of a computer. At the end of the day I used to just want to come home and plop down in front of the TV and relax. For exercise , start out slow and if possible engage a personal trainer early on they’ll give you some good tips and guidance to get you on the right path. I’m not going to lie about this, many times you are going to have to mentally force yourself to go exercise (This is part of that mental toughness Coach Greg and the other coaches talk about), but once you get a routine it just becomes part of your week. For me I joined a gym and started with 30 minutes of circuit training 3 times a week. Later I added 30 minutes of treadmill (max incline 15 degrees, and a slow steady pace 1.5 – 2.5 mph) time to that. After a couple years doing the traditional gym, I found Cross fit Lake Mary, and discovered a whole new way workout that pushed me physically and mentally. I went from dreading going to working out to looking forward to it. We push each other, and cheer each other on. As I stated before losing weight and keeping it off is easier when you have support, and this community really does support one another.
Lastly, sleep try and get 6-8 hours a night closer to 8 the better. Set a consistent time to wake up each morning, and yesSaturday and Sunday too. The body needs a routine recharge time so make sure to give it to it.