For a good long while I found myself very miserable, and very overweight. I was always eating way too large of portions of horrible foods all too often, being very sedentary in my spare time, drinking too much, smoking, never exercising, living in constant stress, etc., etc.,.. While I lived this way, I was in no way happy with how the way that I was living was making me feel, and what it kept me from being able to do. Things like riding a bike or climbing stairs without wheezing, feeling good about myself, or knowing I could accomplish for myself. I knew, for some time that I wanted, that I needed a change in my life. I knew what I wanted to be but I had zero idea how to get form where I was then, to where I am now: healthy, fit, active, glad to be alive with the knowledge that if I set my heart and mind to something that I will achieve it. I know that rather than believe it because every moment I exist, I am constantly reminded by the truly amazing way I feel, and the obvious transformation that I have put my body through.
When I landed in the hospital over and over again due to hypertension, stress, and debilitating anxiety attacks I knew I had to make a change, or continue to suffer serious consequences. It took me several months to finally discover the way to treat myself in order to achieve my personal best direction. It took a lot of shifting in focus and the relationship I had with my basic environment had to change subtly and consistently over time in order to realize what I wanted to be doing. A friend recently asked me where a good place to start getting fit is for someone a good 40 pounds overweight. I had that same problem about a hundred pounds ago, and wish someone would have been able to tell me then, what I know now, and offer me the simple tools I am now able to offer my good friends and brothers and sisters who are just starting out their fitness journey.
Well, first off let's begin by paying attention to what, when, and how much you eat. The key to loosing weight lies NOT in starving ourselves, but rather in creating a calorie deficit, or burning more than what you taken in in any given day, forcing your body to burn stored calories (fat). Starving yourself just causes your body to burn calories much more slowly, so if you diet plateaus and you are eating very little, but suddenly not dropping, kick up another 100 or 200 calories in your day, and watch the pounds come off. Example, if your resting metabolic rate is 1600 calories, and you burn about 400 extra calories a day, you need 2000 calories, so you eat 1500. Keep a well rounded diet, healthy fats, carbs and proteins, and start a work out program 3 days a week at least, and build up from there. Beachbody answers the first difficult question, "Ok, I know I need to change my diet, but how and what?" right off the bat with a simple, simple tool, Michi's Ladder. Eat what's on the ladder, and the higher you climb, the healthier you are living, easy.
Then there's also Shakeology. Shakeology is a super-healthy, profoundly energizing and regulating drink that optimizes your health. It is in no way an empty space filler, a zero to count a place where something should have been. Shakeology knocks your hunger back to nowhere, makes you feel like a million bucks, curbs cravings over the long term, and is simply delicious. It is sold in 24 and 30 serving sizes, each costing the same, and it breaks down to about 3 or 4 dollars a shake. You can order it direct to your door and even have it sent automatically every month. *As a coach you would get 25% off, which would do more than pay for the coach fee itself in savings.*
So let's make it easy: You have a bad snack food that you fiend out on on a daily basis? Like a fancy coffee, or some junk from the gas station. Replace that one 3 dollar snack with a Shakeology every day for one month. Do that, eat off of Michi's ladder, and drink your water. That would be the BEST way to begin.
Start walking, then pick it up to jogs, then get serious with some weights and kick up the cardio to something like plyometrics or kenpo. You could do worse than getting on the P90X train, and that WILL get you fit, especially if you follow that nutrition guide. The Shakeology program comes with a few workouts as well, designed to be done 3 or 4 times a week, a good place to start before diving into something like P90X.
You can get more information on Shakeology by clicking here, and more information on P90X and other Beachbody products by clicking here. If you want more information on being a coach and saving money on your products, and being able to offer fitness solutions to others, contact me using the link above. Good luck, and let the journey begin!