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When we look at fitness magazines, their cover says it all; a fine looking man or woman, fit and not an ounce of unwanted body fat. Then of course you will read the captions of the content like how to lose weight in a week, workouts to enhance the shoulders, buttocks or abs or getting results in as little as 10 days. It does capture the attention of the reader but ever wondered what it does to the psyche? There is nothing wrong with getting motivated with the images of actors, models and fitness experts, but reality is most of these people have trained for months, years or even a lifetime commitment to fitness; and they had the help of trainers, nutritionists and personal chefs to meet their goals. And if you don’t reach the same or almost exact image, you may lose your motivation and your weight loss and fitness goals are flushed down the drain. To help you stay motivated and focused on your weight loss and fitness goals, here is a reality check list on having a role model or inspiration.

  • Choose a role model with a body close to your own shape and structure. If you are lanky or slight in built as a teen or adult; choose someone who’s been there and done that, a good example is Vince Belmonte; plus size women such as Emme and Queen Latifa.
  • “Human satisfaction has no end.” In weight loss and fitness, a body part that does not meet your satisfaction can make or break your plans and objectives, after all there is no such thing as spot reduction except if you go under a surgical knife. But as I have personally observed, working out does help is enhancing body parts I wanted to develop but it takes a year or so. Be a saint, it takes patience, persistence and consistency to get to where you want to be.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix and match workouts. Most personal trainers of actors and models encourage mixing and matching different types of workouts to enhance the overall weight loss and fitness of their clients, workouts like yoga, circuit, martial arts and interval trainings.
  • Don’t forget your work in the kitchen, as Tom V. said, “80% of the work is done in the kitchen and 20% in the gym.” You may not follow the strict regimen your chosen inspiration follows but there are ways to go around that hurdle, make portion control and number of meals your friends.
  • Like and love yourself from within and the rest will follow. It’s saying, “Hey I like who I am and if they can do that, so can I…in baby steps.”

Weight loss and fitness goals are hard to reach but reachable. Get motivated by your favorite body image model and still be secure of your self-image.

Apart from research and comments on other fitness articles, this blog is a personal passage towards my own fitness and weight loss goals. Right now, I am at 40’s doorstep, decrease in muscle mass and fat metabolic rate and other health/weight loss issues will soon emerge, to top that of, I am at my heaviest yet – 61 kilograms. My metabolic rate is sluggish and may be due to my experience with weight loss supplements. I read Leigh Peele’s new contest about setting and trying to reach personal fitness goals in a span of a month. I am too late to enter the contest but have set it as an example for my own weight loss goals. Now to most these are so simple and almost redundant but for me, they are baby steps.
Just like any other person, I am obsessed with numbers; I can only find satisfaction and motivation through quantifying everything in numbers. And when I get disappointed with results via numbers; I stop or lose interest all together. So I am diverting from this obsession, weight loss and body fat percentage wise; instead, focusing on the basics, which are discipline, persistence and be consistent. These three characteristics are my goals for one month. Equating these into actions:

  • Exercising in a regular basis with Yoga, interval and strength training. Keeping a diary for my exercise routines and eating habits. And be honest, meaning all kinds of food I eat whether junk or healthy; missed exercise routines.
  • Drinking at least two liters of water each day.
  • Sleeping at least 6 to 8 hours.
  • Using the intermittent fasting method for cleansing and further boost my metabolic rate.

These may sound silly but are important, in establishing changes in how I want to reach my goals which are weight loss and keeping it off as much as possible, by removing the pressure of quantifying my efforts through the scale and other means of measuring body fat loss.

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