Thursday, April 23, 2009
A Biggest Loser checks in ...I’ve rarely gotten to speak to someone who touches my heart as much as Michelle Aguilar. It wasn’t her story as much as her attitude on wellness. In this nip-and-tuck society, she took the bull by the horns and attacked her issues, losing 110lbs (one of me!) all while working in front of America’s camera. In a sports bra and spandex, I can’t even run to the store in sweats without feeling like the world is watching.
Sure, a lot of us have weight issues. It’s a fast food nation. We have portions larger than our heads and it’s practically impossible not to gain at least five pounds a year. How do we fix that? How do we change that for our children? In the same vein, how do we avoid eating disorders for the next generation we are raising when all we see are girls under one hundred pounds gracing the covers of every magazine in line at the checkout?
Michelle has taken an approach that I’ve embraced wholeheartedly and I did so after having two daughters.
Michelle says before you even begin to look for a workout program you need to be ready. It’s something you need to be prepared for mentally, and it’s a process you don’t want to jump into with both feet… small steps or you’ll burn out. Walk for an hour a day with the dog, your child(ren), a friend. It’s about embracing a new lifestyle, not just exercise. You need to realize that right off the bat. If you aren’t in the right state of mind, you are setting yourself up for disappointment, as is true in so many aspects of life. Embrace a new way of wellness and a new life.
Craving a snack? Well, start the day off right like Michelle does with a bowl of cereal and you may lessen those cravings. Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. If you still have a craving, even after breakfast, Michelle tends to east small-but-fueling snacks like almonds and cashews. Protein and fueling foods tend to last a lot longer than empty foods like sugars. Michelle doesn’t even keep sugar in the house. She has to leave the house to get it, and then it’s putting all the energy and effort it takes to get out and get it. After all that, even wanting it is a different story! That’s one way to combat sugar cravings! Don’t be afraid of ashamed if you do submit… once you do you’ll usually find that a bite satisfies you. Best part? It’s Okay!
Now, the question many of you may be wondering about … the scale, that annoying white whale, the elephant in the room for so many of us. Once you reach the goal you are shooting for, use it as a tool to maintain weight, not to control your life. You need to respect yourself and the scale. It does not define you. It’s a tool to help maintain again not control you.
No one is alone in weight maintenance and wellness. Look around and ask a friend to get healthy with you. It’s a support system, someone who understands, someone to talk to while you are walking, stressing and to combat cravings with. If you are going at it alone… best of luck!