I’m not even going to lie, this week's post was going to be about ways we’re sabotaging our salads. But then Monday at lunch I was reading “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy, which talks about the importance of making the right decisions over time to get desired results. But not just any results...right there in the 1st Chapter he was talking about WEIGHTLOSS SPECIFICALLY! I was beyond excited and scrapped the salad bar idea – maybe next week!Now, I am sure you remember that post about the importance of patience where I was going on and on about how changing your body is like cultivating a garden? Well, it’s true – patience and hard work are key components to a successful health plan.
Darren tells the tale of 2 similarly-sized friends, Brad and Scott, who have made some recent life changes. Scott decided to start trimming 125 calories a day from his diet – seltzer instead of soda, mustard instead of mayo, etc. Brad remodeled his house and put in a bar – what’s and extra beer a night, really? Only about 125 calories for a Bud Light anyways!
No difference at the end of 2 months, no real noticeable difference after 10 months even, some change after 18 months. But after 31 months – whoa buddy! – Scott had lost 33.5 lbs! And not only that, Brad has GAINED 33.5 pounds! What a HUGE difference.
31 months = 940 days
940 days x 125 calories per day = 117,500 calories
117,500 calories/3,500 calories per pound = 33.5 pounds!
I am not here to tell you that it will take 31 months of bootcamp (or any workout program) to see a change. But I am here to remind you that it’s the choices you make along the way (good and bad) that will help you get to your goal – and that it TAKES TIME! It’s all about patience, my friends, all about patience. Be smart, and use the formula above to set a baseline for yourself and go for it. Just make sure it’s manageable and realistic – don’t set yourself up for failure either!
Of course my preferred method is to make healthy eating choices, but BURN those extra 125 by getting up and getting moving. Here are a few ways to burn an extra 125 and melt away a pound a month!