December 9, 2013
The 3 BIGGEST Mistakes I’ve Made
Let’s face it, no one is perfect. One big mistake while trying to lose weight could set you back weeks, or even months….you might even prevent yourself from achieving your goal altogether!
They say experience is the best form of education, so today I want to share with you my 3 BIGGEST mistakes I’ve made while trying to lose all my weight. You may have already made these yourself, so learn from your mistakes!
#3: Lack of Effort With Nutrition
The heaviest I ever weighed was about 245lbs. I started losing weight by just moving around more and being active. I worked as a bagger at Kroger and was ALWAYS on my feet working 30-35 hours a week.
That first year, I dropped about 20 lbs FROM JUST THAT ALONE. I didn’t workout at all and I still ate whatever I wanted (which was complete shit).
Sounds great right?
Well the more weight a person has to lose, the faster it will come off in the beginning. So then why was this a bad thing?
Because I assumed that I could eat whatever I wanted and STILL keep losing weight.
What ended up happening is I entered the dreaded plateau. My weight loss came to a screeching halt and I got frustrated and was about to say screw it and quit.
Yes I know it can be a pain in the ass, but you NEED to pay attention to what you eat and make a good faith effort because if you don’t, you WILL PLATEAU. I can promise you that.
If your workouts and nutrition are locked in from the very start, your weight loss will damn near double in pace. Make every day count.
#2: Comparing Myself to Others
When losing weight, it’s VERY easy (and almost instinctive) to compare yourself and your journey to others.
I would look at other people in the gym and just wish why I couldn’t look like that, lift as much as they can or have as much cardio endurance as they do.
I always had a grudge against people that were fit and in shape because I felt like they have been like that their entire life. Most of the time that’s simply not true.
All fitness models (male and females) work extremely hard and are VERY dedicated to keep their bodies in top shape. NOTHING worth having ever comes easy, that goes for anything in life.
I would frequently lose motivation because I felt like I couldn’t measure up to other people’s standards, I couldn’t lose weight as fast as I heard other people doing it.
You NEED to understand that every single person’s story and journey are different.
You are going to lose weight at a different pace than everyone else. But the important thing is that YOU ARE LOSING WEIGHT. Understand that if you quit, you will NEVER get what you want. It’s that simple.
Learning how to stay motivated is absolutely critical in this entire process. It’s one of those intangible skills you MUST have.
And last but certainly not least….my #1 mistake I’ve made….
#1: LACK OF PATIENCE!
Those that know me on a personal level know that I have absolutely no patience with anything in general.
However now with weight loss and fitness, I do. That’s my job and passion so given my journey I’m able to empathize with a lot of my clients because I’ve been there and know exactly what it feels like.
But with 99% of the other things in life (especially little kids!) I have ZERO patience.
I think we live in a world of instant gratification. Technology has allowed us to communicate with people across the world in a matter of seconds. Usually, if we want something (physical or otherwise) we can get it, buy it or do it.
Unfortunately weight loss does not work like that. Humans are fat storing machines and it’s obviously much easier to gain weight than lose it.
I was no exception back when I was fat. I wanted everything right now. I wanted the results from all the infomercial gimmicks and gadgets I saw. All the stupid diet pills and weight loss supplements that ended being proven to be complete bullshit and waste of money.
I don’t really blame people for being this way, “instant results” are all around us thanks to the media and advertising from the supplement industry.
If you’re like most people, you haven’t been happy with your body in months or even years….perhaps even NEVER!
So then you must accept that you’re not going to drop 3 pants sizes in a month, lose 50 lbs in 3 weeks and get completely ripped in 5 weeks.
I know it sucks, but this shit takes time!
But I can promise you, that as long as you don’t quit, you WILL get the body you want.
Remember why you started this crap in the first place. You want to look a certain way and feel a certain way right?
Remember the last time your body made you feel uncomfortable? The last time you had to buy that “other shirt” because the one you really wanted showed off your belly fat and muffin top?
It sucks doesn’t it? SO WHY WOULD YOU EVER QUIT?!
Doesn’t make sense…so don’t do it!
That’s it. Post over, now go workout!
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