February 3, 2017( Comments: 0 )

What’s the secret?!

If I had a dollar for every time I have been asked that this month, I would have a fair amount of dollars.

So what’s the secret to weight loss? Well, firstly I am going to answer your question with a question – why is everybody looking for the secret, the quick fix, the easy way to achieve? Because let’s be honest, we are. We are looking for something that is easy; no one really wants to put in the hard yards.

But I am here to tell you that the secret is not an easy fix, it doesn’t even come close to being easy. The secret to weight loss is bloody hard work, not eating half the rubbish you want to eat and at the end of the day it comes down to being good at doing the above day in – day out.

I have been a Personal Trainer for the past six years. In that time I initially lost 15kgs, gained 25kgs (and a baby) and have gone on to lose 23kgs in the past 10months.

Firstly let me just put two things out there;

  1. I did not by any means expect to put on 25kgs during my pregnancy in 2016. Ok once maybe I did eat 40 dim sims somewhere in a dark place called my first trimester, but for that I didn’t deserve 25kgs. It just happened. But hey! I had never been pregnant before; I was so far out of my comfort zone, literally.
  2. I did not spend the first 10 months of motherhood, stressing over my weight and how I would get it off. I truly believe no mother should.

I’m not trying to focus solely on post pregnancy weight loss in this blog, but I believe what I have learnt in the past year could possibly help anyone who is in search of weight loss, a healthier body, a more toned body, a fitter body, a happier you!

As mentioned, I’ve lost weight before, big numbers, and have helped numerous clients lose big numbers. I’ve seen all types of motivations, temptations, successes and hurdles. Interestingly enough this past year was the first time I haven’t been that overly concerned with what I looked like, and what the scales said.

Rewind back to around August 2016, I was a new exhausted Mum. My decision that something needed to change was when I asked my husband one day what he had for lunch at work? When he asked me what I had I simply replied with, “all I have eaten today is vegemite toast and two coffees”. It was 5pm by this stage. I had a bit of a ‘what the’ moment and thought, this is not me, I know better than this. That day I went to the gym, for me, and I ordered a food service to remind me what portion control was again and I made a change for me, no one else, me.

The secret to getting the ball rolling when it comes to weight loss is to firstly be in a place where YOU are ready, if you are not ready; it’s not going to happen. When you are ready, set a goal. Something that you want, not something someone else wants for you. And most importantly choose a path that you ENJOY!

Do not slog through boring exercise routines that you dread and live day-to-day eating foods that you despise. If you choose a path that you do not enjoy, it will not last, neither will the weight loss. That I can promise you.

When I was just out of hospital a nurse said to me “this is no time to stress about baby weight. This is hard, life is going to be hard so give yourself a reward every day”. THIS IS GOLD. Honestly I don’t think I will ever forget that lady telling me this. I once read that post pregnancy is a time to kick the cravings. No, no it is not. If a new mum wants a handful of arrow roots whilst binging on net flix while the baby sleeps, you go girlfriend. This stage is survival, no time for a strict diet routine. Believe me, been there, eaten the biscuits.

Whether you are a teenager, adult, parent, grandparent, full time worker, part time worker or a stay at home mum. Life is hard. Why shouldn’t you reward yourself every day? So I have chocolate every single day. You don’t need to read that twice, I said it. I just came up with a way that I could feel good about treating myself whilst in work mode. I buy individually wrapped chocolate bars (2 squares) that way I’m not tempted to eat a block.

So my advice to you is treat yo’self, it doesn’t have to be in the same way I do and I’m by no means telling you to go out and eat a big mac but you do have to enjoy the ride. Choose your process; make sure you choose the path that you actually enjoy! I am all for a cheat meal (not when you have eaten well for three days, give it a week!), a glass of wine, a piece of cake and popcorn at the movies BUT you do need to put in the hard yards 99% of the time.

Whilst I do believe 90% of weight loss comes down to what you eat, the training component is also so very important. You have to move, firstly to feel good and secondly to lose the weight. Pick a process you enjoy – training solo, training with a friend, training with a trainer, your favourite class, cardio, weights. It is your choice, choose what you enjoy and go for it! I will put it out there that I am 100% behind the idea that it is a healthy balance of weights and cardio that enables the weight to move, happy to speak to anyone about that.

Everyone is on their own journey. If weight loss is the path you want to follow sometimes it is about hearing someone else’s story, feeling guided in the right direction and feeling accountable to your goals. Here are 10 facts about my latest journey that might encourage you to get the ball rolling on your goals.

  1. I eat 5 – 6 meals per day
  2. Water and hydration is something I struggle with
  3. I am a personal trainer who pays a personal trainer to train me. I simply don’t train as hard on my own
  4. Every now and then I buy a food service to remind me about portion control, then I go on to prep all my meals my self
  5. I can’t stand when people say ‘just because it’s there doesn’t mean you have to eat it’, yes I will eat that bag of chips, because they are there
  6. I train 5 days a week, and I do a lot of weights
  7. I cannot stand running
  8. I was not prepared for lunch last Saturday so I ate one of my babies frozen meals (chicken, rice and veg), it was that or cereal
  9. It took 3 months for people to mention I had lost weight, it took me four months to really notice and feel it
  10. I eat bread everyday, love me some toast

At the end of the day everyone is on their own journey, with their own goals. There is no one secret to weight loss, but if you see me in the gym I would be more than happy to talk to you about how I go about dropping the kg’s.

Xx Ash

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