New Year New You: Making Fitness Resolutions Work Out for YOU with Tips from LeBootCamp’s Valerie Orsoni!
New year’s resolutions are always tough. Many people have a ton on the list. Some make a resolution not to make a resolution. Others just figure they are going to fail miserably and dig themselves into a hole and pull the lid over themselves. Fitness coach and expert Valerie Orsoni from LeBootcamp.com has some tips on how to accomplish your goals– and while it does take some work– you can make this workout for you without a lot of hassle and deprivation. (How do I know that? Because I have been part of LeBootCamp and read her book, Le Personal Coach I have used her tips, suggestions and ideas).
Here are FIVE reasons why you might fail to get the body you want and here are Valerie’s solutions on how to prevent your failure. You can do this!!
1. GOING IT ALONE
Unless you have the thick skin of a shark and the crazy stubborn attitude of a mule, it is extremely hard to stick to a weight loss resolution by yourself. This is the #1 failure reason. If people are not aware you want to change, chances are their attitude towards you won’t change either and they will keep on offering you cakes, cookies and other weight loss resolution saboteurs.
By going it alone, you will also not feel compelled to make any effort and you might collapse half way to your goal.
SOLUTION: PUBLICLY DECLARE YOUR WAR ON POUNDS!
Create a support group on Facebook, put sticky notes on the fridge, in your car, everywhere, enroll a few friends (not too many, just 2 or 3) who share the same goal so that you feel the support at all times and you have their back like they have yours.
You don’t have to publish your weight but you can publish how many pounds you lost or the % of goal you have reached etc.
2. DEPRIVING YOURSELF – FOOD AS AN ENEMY
You have gorged yourself for a few weeks, in fact you haven’t looked at the scale since Thanksgiving! The pounds have crept on your body and have added to your figure. So you starve yourself. You look at food as evil.
Not eating or eating only one category of food (think high protein diets or mono diets), can lead to very short term good results BUT if you have read the research, the pounds almost always come back.
SOLUTION: REMIND YOURSELF THAT YOU ARE A FOOD LOVER!
I know it is hard to know that you won’t lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks but think about the next few months. Would you rather lose it quick and see it come back quick? Or would you rather lose it forever? Then learn how to cook, learn how to love food and eat the one that’s good for you, learn one new recipe at least per week. Take a cooking class to learn about healthy recipes or watch online. Food is a positive part of your life, not the enemy.
3. TOO FAST AND FURIOUS
You did not gain those extra pounds overnight. You won’t lose them overnight either. I know it sounds like a terrible wake up call but it is the truth! Expecting to change your eating habits and exercise routine drastically and instantly will shock not only your system, but your mind too and your stress levels will jump.
SOLUTION – SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE
Change your habits slowly. Take one step at a time. Lose your extra pounds one day at a time. Make one major change per week and one baby change per day.
Week 1: add a freshly squeezed lemon juice + room temperature water every morning on an empty stomach
Week 2: add a 30 min walk on an empty stomach (before breakfast, lunch or dinner, you decide)
Week 3: cut out that daily snack in between meals or stop eating the leftover mac n cheese or other foods on your kid’s plates!
Week 4: have one 100% raw meal per day ( a raw breakfast could be 10 sprouted almonds, 1 banana, 1 pink grapefruit and unlimited seasonal berries)
Week 5: Try going without sugar for a few days (believe me, it’s not easy. Sugar is in everything!).
Week 6: Add 2x1h cardio session per week
As for daily baby steps: try a 25th hour (or my version of integrative gymnastics) every day: squeeze your glutes while folding laundry or cooking, suck your stomach each time you go through a door, stand back up 5 times for your chair each time you sit, etc…
4. LACK OF CONFIDENCE
I cannot do it. I have tried over and over. Or others repeating “you tried last year and it did not work. Or the idea of losing weight or exercising seems like such an incredible feat, you don’t even know where to begin, or maybe you might be genetically programmed to be fat”, etc.
a) get rid of your diet saboteurs: don’t let them make you feel you cannot reach your goals because magazines and websites are covered with stories of former obese people who made it. Do respond to the saboteurs comments by “I am sorry if you don’t believe I can make but believe me I WILL and nobody will prevent me from reaching the goal I HAVE DECIDED I WILL REACH”. Chances are those people suffer from lack of confidence themselves or else they would not need to make you feel so bad.
b) It is hard to stay highly motivated after years of trying BUT losing weight is like living in Hollywood. Only the highly motivated ones who never lose hope make it. You need to thicken your skin and not let others deprive you of your motivation and dreams. Write empowering messages everywhere and don’t you care about what others think: “I can do it”, “by February 14th I will have lost xxx pounds”
c) Buy an outfit one size smaller and leave it in sight. By seeing it constantly your motivation will stay high and so will your self confidence that you can reach your goal. Try on the outfit each week. You will see your progress. You can also write on a piece of paper a treat, like getting a massage, as a monthly goal. You will be much more motivated when you have rewards.
5. USING THE WRONG MOTIVATION/TECHNIQUES
Using the wrong tools will use a lot of your energy and yield no results. How frustrating can that be?
a) Change your atmosphere! Don’t start your morning at Starbucks with a calorie-loaded drink. Your friends want to do Happy Hour at a fattening restaurant? Meet them for book night or a movie instead and don’t have food and drink be the focus if this puts you in your danger zone. Going to the same places is not motivating and makes it harder to change habits.
b) Repeating the wrong mantra like “I don’t want to be fat” is not positive enough. Instead repeat “I want to be fit and healthy”
c) Confiding in and counting on a naturally very thin person who constantly eats rich food in front of you will not help.
d) Also, hanging out with highly overweight people who don’t care and eat too much for their health is not a solution either because you will be tempted to eat as much as they do. Countless studies have shown how obesity is socially contagious. The solution? Enroll the ones who want to be healthy with you and once your results start showing go back to hanging with your hard core overweight friends. You will even serve a motivation to these people and being so will empower you even more and motivate you to reach your goal faster.
Check out her latest article: BodyChecklist for great tips, videos and what you can do to give yourself a better body– easily!
Valerie Orsoni has worked with many celebs and while I can’t tell you that you will have Beyonce’s butt or Kim Kardashian’s rear view, I can tell you that these exercises really work as shown in the Celebuzz slide show. I have done all of them and keep doing them too!
Thanks to Valerie Orsoni for some fabulous tips and tricks that can keep you motivated and get you progressing to the body you want to have!
Check out www.LeBootCamp.com for the easy way to get coaching from Valerie and her staff.
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