Getting Through Holidays & Other Festivities

Labor Day is right around the corner.  Holidays can prove challenging to anyone trying to drop or maintain their weight.  This is where focus and the right attitude come into play.  Labor Day weekend, for example, can bring us neighborhood cookouts and parties with hot dogs, burgers, ice cream and desserts – lots of desserts.

Never take your eye off the ball, especially during holidays.  For me knowing that my clothing fits comfortably helps.  Before I found 7Company Weight Loss & Wellness Center and Ideal Protein Program of Leesburg I had skipped many functions because I was too embarrassed to be in a bathing suit or was ashamed of how I looked. Temptation will be lifted if you stay focused on your goal and long term satisfaction.  Go back to Weight Loss Tip #1 (“A Cooler Is Your Best Friend”) and #2 (Water, Water, More Water).  Keep healthy foods with you and drink a lot of water.  Remember:  “Nothing Tastes As Good As Thin Feels”.

Each one of us needs to find our own motivation and to reach out to our support system if we are feeling weak.  Your true friends and the people who really care about you will not want to sabotage your diet.  Set your goals.  Truly make the commitment and you will succeed.

What are your favorite tips for getting through the holidays?

Water, Water, More Water

In my experience every diet and weight loss program is consistent about one thing and Ideal Protein of Leesburg is no exception.  In each program you are asked to drink atleast 64 oz. of water each day.  Many people struggle with drinking enough water.  Back in the 1980’s I remember a woman telling me that a water cooler was installed in her office.  She stopped drinking sodas and only drank water.  In no time she had dropped about 20 pounds.  This was the only change she had made to her daily routine.

Weight Loss Tip #2 – Helpful Ways To Get In Your Daily Water

I believe that you start with the right attitude.  Really appreciate the taste of cold, refreshing water.  Savor it.  If you stop drinking sodas and sweet tea and only drink water, the water will become a habit and one you like.

Start each day with water.  Drink one or two glasses of water each morning before you get into the shower.  Before you know it, your body will crave that morning water and it will become an unconscious act.

Flavor your water with fresh (and only fresh) lemon.

Drink water throughout the day.

It helped me to take four 16.9 oz water bottles and mark each one – 1, 2, 3, 4.  When the fourth was gone, I knew that I had drunk over 64 oz. of water.  Someone took it a step further and marked their bottles in descending order.  Soon 4 bottles are easy and you will increase to 5 and then 6.  Be green and refill your bottles each day with filtered water.

Remember my Weight Loss Tip #1 – “A Cooler Is Your Best Friend”.  Keep cold water with you wherever you go.

I recommend installing a water filter or purchasing a pitcher with a filter.  Keep atleast one pitcher of water in your refrigerator at all times.

Water can do great things for you.  Water is a natually suppresses the appetite.  It assists in metabolizing stored body fat. Water also helps with constipation.  It hydrates your body and your skin will look better and younger.  You will eat less, have more energy and will get fewer headaches.  So, put down the soda and enjoy a cold, delicious, refreshing glass of water!

Get into a routine and follow it every day and it will become a habit.  How do you make sure you are drinking enough water?  What are your favorite tips to make sure you drink atleast 8 glasses of water each day?

My Favorite Weight Loss Tips

People often ask me why I believe that I was successful in dropping weight.  First of all, it helps to have the right program.  At 7Company Weight Loss & Wellness Center I was introduced to Ideal Protein of Leesburg.

Throughout the time on the program I was able to pick up and learn different weight loss tips.  Sometimes it is just a matter of trial and error.  Sometimes another client would share a tip that had helped them.

I will be sharing a series of my favorite weight loss tips.  I hope that these tips will help you on your journey!

Weight Loss Tip #1 – Your cooler is your best friend.  Never, ever allow yourself to be without food.  If you are diligent each day and pack food and water you will never be tempted to cheat.  To borrow a line from the Boy Scouts – Be Prepared.  Once you set up your system, it is easy and will save you time. Each morning I put food, salad & vegatables in a soft insullated bag with an ice pack.  In another insullated bag I pack my water for the day between two ice packs.  Then, each of these bags are put inside a cooler.  I keep utensils, sea salt, supplements, tea bags & packs of stevia in the pocket of the cooler.  Extra supplies are kept in the trunk of my car.  At first it seems like a chore, but like everything else, it will become a habit.  Have your food ready to be packed.  For example, I put chopped lettuce into plastic bags so the bags are ready to go at a moments notice.

Fortunately, with Ideal Protein of Leesburg, the food is both delicious and very portable so that does help.  Good luck and be sure to share your tips on packing food.

The Most Important Part Of The Body Used In Weight Loss

Can you guess what is the most important part of the body used in weight reduction?  It is that area located between the ears.  The mind is so powerful that it will be the difference between success and failure.

“If you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you are right”.  This saying is true for many things including weight loss.

Visualization is very important.  Really see yourself as thin.  Visualize yourself getting smaller and smaller.  Make that dream board.  Go find pictures of yourself when you were at your ideal weight and use those pictures as motivation.

It is also important to embrace your program and really love it.  Find all of the things that you are grateful for and express that gratitude.  For example, by being grateful for delicious, cold, refreshing water and not thinking about how much you may want a sugary soda, you will begin to drink more water.  Savor the healthy and nutitious food you eat and stay positive.  Why complain that you can not eat chocolate cake?  Be grateful that you can now wear those jeans that were too tight.

Habit is a funny thing.  If you eat potato chips every day, you will want to keep eating them.  If you eat healthy foods every day, soon that is what your body will want and unhealthy foods simply will not appeal to you.

Find mentors.  Mentors can be others who have successfully transformed themselves.  Stick with the winners and you will be a winner, too.

My friend, Myla J. Blum, “M.J.”, a hypnotist and NLP Practioner at The Regency House Health & Resort Spa was one person who helped me understand the power of our unconscious mind.  Another mentor has been JoAnn Junk at 7Company Weight Loss Center.  JoAnn has a lot of great sayings.  One of my favorites is that “nothing tastes as good as thin feels”.  Keep saying  that over and over in your mind when you are tempted to eat something that is not good for you.

Are you serious about changing your life?  Are you willing to do what it takes?  First of all, believe that it is possible, because it IS possible.  Find your mentor, surround yourself with positive people and keep focused on what you want to accomplish.  Make sure that you have the winning attitude because you are a winner.