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Thank you Theresa Cavender for the images.

Thank you Theresa Cavender for the images.

I may sound angry, I am. I’m tired of people’s excuses about getting fit.

Don’t be surprised if you see an overwhelming number of ads today on fitness and weight loss. Yep, today’s the day.  This is the day most of us will feel guilty about what we ate over the holidays. Not that we’ll do anything about it, it’s just we feel awful. In fact, we might even join the gym.

According to Darren Beattie, Fitness Coach; only 16% of the population in America has a health club membership. The rest of that 50 million may belong to yoga, martial arts, Pilates, or alternative clubs.

My gym is so busy I think that everyone goes there. However, it’s not so.  January is when most of us go on a health kick, and the stats reflect this. Apparently 12 per cent of all gym members’ sign up to gyms in January, yet these memberships seem to be short-lived and, according to the Fitness Industry Association, after just 24 weeks most people have quit or stopped attending. Do they expect they will get healthier by doing nothing?

There’s only one thing that makes this work; it’s your ability to take responsibility for yourself and what you do. Nothing annoys me more than listening to people talk about how they couldn’t stop themselves from overeating. It’s such crap. Stop blaming everyone else for your inability to lose weight. If you’re not losing weight, it’s likely because you continue to make bad decisions. If you want to eat donuts, do it but don’t expect to lose weight.

I talked to my friend today about her weight-loss program. She is tracking her walking and holding herself accountable. She says it makes all the difference in the world. She excitedly told me she had had completed 70 work outs, and now she looks forward to them.

zipit-228x300Here’s what works for her.

“Don’t say I can’t have that for the rest of my life!” Instead say, I can have it later.” (Most likely you won’t’ want it!)

“Keep the big picture in mind but set small goals.”

You are responsible for your own life period. No one makes you do anything or makes you eat. It’s like no one can make you sad or happy, you choose either one.

If you want to lose weight, you will have to give up your overindulgence in carbs. Most people do well for about four weeks, and then they give up. What is it with people? They can’t make a big sacrifice to give up junk food to get healthy and look better?

 

I listen to people talk about how hard it is to lose weight, and I just walk away. STOP with the excuses; if you want to lose weight stop eating, it’s simple.  I didn’t say easy, I said simple. If you want a treat have it once a month not every day!!

You didn’t put all the weight on in three weeks so what makes you think you can take it off in three weeks?

What makes you think you can keep it off after the three weeks by going back to old habits?

If you want something to change you have to change it and stop fooling yourself. There are people who really have a tough time; they come back from the war without limbs and can barely walk. However, they make it their business to get fit, work extra hard, compete and cause a change in their lives. That’s who we should be looking at for motivation.

One of my pet peeves is people who say they “walk” for exercise. To them, it means walking to the grocery store and back. How does this become exercise? We have legs that take us to the grocery store but don’t mistake this for exercise.  There are people in this world who have to forge for food, walk miles in blazing heat just to live, and they do it. That’s exercise.

You can continue over eating and get one of those life threatening diseases that could be prevented by keeping your weight down and staying fit.  What we’re talking about is living and staying healthy. It’s your life, either do it or stop talking about it.

Do I dare say, Happy New Year?

Lisbeth has been helping businesses build changes in their organizations for over 20 years. To schedule a consultation, reach her at Lcalandrino@nycap.rr.com.

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