Losing weight for the summer is always a challenge but a desire for most of us. So often people crash diet or buy into a commercialized diet plan that guarantees quick weight loss. Unfortunately, this is an unhealthy weight loss.
I have tried both of those examples, but needless to say I lost the weight and gained it back in a short period of time. Even with the weight off, I did not feel healthy. That is probably because I was not eating the proper nutrients daily that one’s body needs. Because the weight came off so fast, my body was neither trim or firm.
This year I decided to try something new. My desire was to loose weight, feel healthy, and firm up. I would not only end up looking good but I would be healthier than I had been in years. In order to make those desires come true, I had to change my lifestyle. I needed to be devoted to working out, counting calories, watching my sodium intake, and limiting my carbohydrates.
Because I had not exercised in over 10 years, I hired a trainer. That was one of the best investments I had ever made. She was the expert and I definitely needed help. At our first meeting, we discussed how much weight I needed to loose and what was a healthy body fat percentage and next we took measurements. Every six weeks, I would weigh, calculate my body fat percentage, and measure for inch loss.
My exercise plan consisted of cardio exercises three times a week and strengthening two times a week. When I started seeing the results of my hard work, I was proud of the accomplishment that I had made. I kept working hard because, at that point, I knew that I could reach the goals that I desired.
I became motivated when I start seeing results. There is nothing better than seeing results after putting in hard work. I became extremely motivated and that is what kept me going. Watching the inches disappearing and my body firming, I realized that I will be ready for the warm weather that was soon to come.
At that point, the hard work began. I didn’t realize how out of shape that I was in the beginning. I would have to take water breaks several times during my hour workout. Each week became easier because I learned to breath properly and drink the necessary amounts of water daily. By the end of my journey, I had lost thirty pounds and three dress sizes.