Question: I really need to lose weight, again. I lost weight the first time, over 50 pounds, five years ago and slowly have been adding it all back on. I recently started doing cardio in the morning, in addition to my two nights a week of weight training, but stopped because of work and dread beginning again. Any advice for a chronically lazy procrastinator?
Answer: We always find a way to do those things that we deem important to ourselves. Think about that. If you want it badly enough you will find a way. If you were being held underwater, you would find a way to get loose and breathe air. That’s how badly you need to want to lose weight. With a desire that intense, you will forgo television, the ever intrusive social media, phone conversations, texting, and video games to accomplish your objective. You choose to make it a priority. You also can make the task so large that you feel it is almost impossible to reach.
Go back and begin your morning workouts all over as if you have never done your training before by using a light setting and only exercising for 12 minutes. Do this for five days and then add three minutes on the sixth day. Rest on the seventh day and begin the new week at fifteen minutes for four more days. Then on the fifth day, add three more minutes. Train in three week cycles and always rest one day in the first and second weeks and on the third week, rest two days.
Your food has to begin to align with your training attitude as well. Get your breakfast in before going to work. Take a mid-morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack. Don’t allow yourself to get really hungry because that’s when you fail and eat poorly. Eat to be healthy and the weight will drop. After the first three week cycle add another set of cardio in the afternoon for the same amount of time as in the morning. You can do this at lunch or after work. Make it simple and short like your first morning cycle. If your work attire is casual, just change shoes and get your 12 minutes done. Mimic the same pattern as you did with your morning training.
Set your final goal but focus on the process of training instead of the results. The greater results will occur if your attention is on the small tasks in front of you.
God bless and keep training,