Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Losing weight...it's not just about the workout

As a personal trainer and womens boot camp instructor, 90% of my clients list weight loss as a goal. Most women can very quickly tell you about the body part they aren't happy with! In the past, at the gym for a workout, I would scan the room and find the person that looked more fit than me, and not feel so great. Comparing myself to others never worked, and did nothing more than make me feel bad in the end. I never understood why I didn't get the results I worked so hard for at the gym. What I have learned (the hard way) is that there will ALWAYS be someone that is further along with their fitness than me...and the way to find contentment is to stop comparing myself to others.

Here's a challenge. For the next week, write down 3 things daily that you love about yourself. I can't tell you the number of negative things that women say about themselves when I am doing a body assessment. It is always only their perception, but you know the saying - "my perception is my reality"....really re-think the way you think about yourself, and turn it into something positive!

Boot Camp can and will change your body...IF you also incorporate good nutrition. The numbers that I see from my clients are always fantastic after 5 weeks of boot camp IF they have been watching what they eat along with the workouts. The high intensity training intervals along with the workouts I design will torch calories and build lean muscle mass. They will do nothing to change your physique though if you are taking in more calories every day than you burn. Here are just a few reminders of how many calories are in what we as women love...chocolate. It's a great occasional treat (especially the dark chocolate which will give you antioxidants)...but in little portions and only occasionally :)

One Hershey's milk chocolate bar is 300 Calories and 18g of fat
McDonald's 12 oz chocolate Triple Thick Shake is 430 calories. Would that few minutes of indulgance be worth an HOUR of boot camp???
Haagen-Dazs Mint Chip Dazzler is 1270 Calories!! That's roughly 2-3 sessions of boot camp!!!! YIKES!!
I love the combination of chocolate and almonds...so I have found a treat that I enjoy when that craving hits me....one sugar free fudgcicle (60 cal) with about 10 raw almonds. It hits the spot and gives me a healthy treat!
Until next time....
~ Melody
Personal Trainer
Owner McKinney Boot Camps


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