|Shawn on Day 1|
So, to kick off his weight loss, I had four goals for him: get active – we decided he would start walking 30 minutes each morning before going to work; make smart choices when dining out – swap steamed veggies for fries, brown rice for white, grilled or baked for “crunchy” meats, and avoid bread baskets and chips & salsa; eat a healthier breakfast – I had him swap his typical L’eggo waffles and Morningstar links with whole grain waffles topped with peanut butter and a sliced banana (which he LOVED); and get plenty of water – limit coffee and sodas and drink eight glasses of water each day. I also had him keep a food & exercise diary each day so I could give him suggestions on how to improve in each area. Shawn lost 14.4 pounds in the first month. We were both ecstatic and I was so proud of him. He trusted me and did everything I recommended. I was able to prove to him that through knowledge and encouragement, I could help him drop the weight.
During the second month, his weekly weight loss started to slow, which is typical. While some shows on TV show weekly weight loss of ten to even 20 pounds, this is rare and not attainable. These people on TV are working out for four hours or more a day and are in isolated locations where they aren’t faced with daily life. So, these shows are not “reality”. So, it is not practical for most people to lose more than a few pounds per week. For Shawn to increase his metabolism and to keep the pounds coming off, I recommended he start resistance training. I advised him to lift weights – even if it was his body weight. He was hesitant initially and didn’t get in much resistance training during the second month. Through cardio and eating better, he still lost 7.6 pounds during the second month. I convinced him to lift weights – once during our meeting when I pushed him to his limits and once on his own. He discovered he was stronger than he thought and felt great accomplishment after each workout. I was able to see his body transform before my eyes and I saw his confidence and strength increase each week. By the third month, he had lost an additional eight pounds (that’s 30 pounds if you’ve lost count)! Also, his blood pressure had come down from 144/90 to 134/79.
Now, it’s YOUR turn to choose success. All you have to do is take the first step. Call or email me and I will help you achieve your goals and be your own success! You will look great and feel amazing – I promise!