Be Encouraged For Weight
copyright 2003 by Greg Landry, M.S.
On the road to weight loss, fitness, and health, you
can easily become discouraged. In fact, discouragement
is what leads many people to give-up when they may have
been near a point of significant progress and encouragement
in their program.
I've put together my "top 10" points of encouragement
to help keep your spirits high on your road to weight
loss, fitness, and health..
1. It does get better - and often very quickly! Many
people that are significantly overweight or that have
been sedentary for a long time, find any activity, even
walking a few hundred feet, to be very difficult and uncomfortable.
Be encouraged, many physiological changes happen very
quickly once you start moving. Walking, for example, starts
getting easier and more comfortable within a couple of
weeks. Keep moving - every day will be a little better!
2. I love this lady's story. It just makes you want to
cheer for her while sitting at your computer. Margie from
Madison, Wisconsin weighed 296 pounds when she started
walking in her neighborhood. She says she started by walking
about half a block twice a day and that it was incredibly
difficult at first.
After the second day she had decided to quit but a neighbor
encouraged her to continue. Every day she walked the same
route but added a little distance each week. She says
there were many days when she wanted to quit, but she
wanted very badly to lose weight and be healthy.
After several months the people in her neighborhood started
noticing her consistency and her progress and started
giving her compliments and words of encouragement. She
said that after a few months of walking, it went from
painful to enjoyable.
About ten months into her walking program, she began
her morning walk as usual, but she noticed people out
in their yards. As she passed each yard they were clapping
and cheering for her, "go Margie", "we're
proud of you Margie", "congratulations Margie!"
She said tears of happiness flowed through her entire
walk that morning as over a hundred people cheered her
on all along her route! Be encouraged!
3. The visible signs of progress in a weight loss program
are often very slow to come. Healthy weight loss takes
time, but that can be very discouraging. Be encouraged
to know that for each day that you exercise and eat healthy
foods in moderate quantities, you have made progress.
It might not be measurable that day, but you have made
progress and it will be measurable over a period of weeks
and months. Be encouraged!
4. Katherine was 43 years-old and had been sedentary
for 20 years. The scale had not changed in those 20 years
- she still weighed 136 pounds, but she knew she had lost
muscle and gained fat. Her waist was bigger and she couldn't
fit into the same size clothes that she did 20 years earlier.
What bothered her most was that she was always tired and
never had energy.
She decided to start walking and weight training but
quit after a week. She said, "it's too uncomfortable,
I can't keep doing this." I encouraged her to continue
and told her that it would get better. She "quit"
three times during the next two weeks. We talked frequently.
Six weeks later she started to notice some muscle tone
and she noticed that her endurance and energy level had
increased dramatically. She said, "I'm very encouraged!"
Eight months later she had gained two pounds on the scale
but lost three inches in her waist - and she walked a
marathon! Yeeeeeeesss! Be encouraged!
5. The whole idea behind physical training is that you
push your body to do a little more than it's comfortable
with and it responds by making physical and physiological
changes. These changes make you capable of doing a little
more with less discomfort. Be encouraged!
6. Gerald in New Orleans, Louisiana lost 85 pounds after
he started walking and weight training. Once he had lost
the weight, he decided to do something that would allow
him to fully appreciate his weight loss. For an entire
day, he carried around a sack that contained 85 pounds
of metal weights.
Getting around during that day was a struggle and very
tiring. At the end of the day he was exhausted! Life without
the weight is great! Be encouraged!
7. Keep records of your progress. Every day write down
the positive changes you've noticed and also keep a record
of the exercise you do every day. Write down what you
did, how long you did it, and any thoughts about your
exercise that day. Keep a running total of your minutes.
You can look back at what you've done with a great sense
of accomplishment and you'll be motivated to do more.
8. Daily exercise will change your life! I believe God
designed humans to be active on a daily basis. Why? because
when you are, lots of good things happen.. - you are healthier
- you feel better and have more energy - you are less
likely to develop cancer, heart disease, stroke, etc.
- you sleep better - you have a better outlook on life
- your relationships with people are enhanced - your skin
looks healthier - you are sick less often - your immune
system is stronger - you lose fat - you gain toned, lean
muscle - you look healthier Be encouraged!
9. Betty Jo in Tuscaloosa, Alabama wrote to me.. "Greg,
After 24 years of being married to a grouchy, pessimistic
man who didn't enjoy life, I saw all that change over
a period of about a year.
Harold was the classic 70 pound overweight couch potato
when he was scared into exercising and healthier eating
habits by the death of his 46 year-old friend."
Harold's doctor recommended that he start walking every
morning and after a couple of weeks Harold told Betty
Jo that he wanted to start eating better. Harold really
took-off with this "health thing" and lost 72
pounds and become a new man - inside and out. In Betty
Jo's words, "I have a new husband. He walks for an
hour every morning and he is a joy to be around. His enthusiasm
for life makes our marriage fun." Be encouraged!
10. Progress and improvement generate encouragement.
YOU can progress and improve and be encouraged to do more.
Tomorrow morning, put on your walking shoes and take a
walk, even if it's just a few minutes. The next day, do
it again - progress and improve. Be encouraged!
Author and exercise physiologist, Greg Landry, offers
FREE weight loss success stories and his "Fast, Healthy
Weight Loss" newsletter at his site: http://www.Landry.com
copyright 2003 by Greg Landry, M.S.