Spring is a great time to either begin or renew your quest for a healthy lifestyle. Part of this quest is often weight loss. Unfortunately many of us make the common error of setting unrealistic expectations of weight loss then find ourselves disappointed or disillusioned with this process then we end up frustrated and give up. To stop this pattern we must become educated so that we can set realistic expectations, meet them and find ourselves successful in our journey.
This guest post comes from Paige Corley, a Program Director at the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge.
I was recently asked to address the whole ‘staying motivated‘ thing. This is a toughie because I am not one to distract you with flashing lights, fun music, fad classes, etc.
Your motivation to workout and to stay healthy can’t come from a please-distract-me-from-what-I-am-doing strategy… it should come from that base-line, honest level of I-am-doing-this-because-I-know-I-will-feel-better-after.
When you don’t feel like working out, that inner voice has to speak and say, “feeling like working out isn’t part of the game – do it anyway.” Then you just do it because you know you will be happy you did. This can apply to doing an actual workout – or to sticking to your meal plan – or choosing NOT to eat that extra dessert/serving of healthy food/etc. Read Full Post >
Creating healthy habits is a lifelong journey – you won’t always feel the same from day to day, and you may need to make a consistent effort to create healthy habits that leave you feeling good. At the Biggest Loser Resort, we educate our guests on emotional eating and how to identify when you are actually hungry vs. emotionally hungry. If you find that you are snacking from boredom, stress, happiness, sadness – anything that isn’t actually true hunger, try the simple strategy of doing something else. But not just anything else – take a moment to practice self care. It’s still a “treat” that you can give yourself, and you may actually burn calories in the process rather than consuming!
Ever wonder if your workout routine is stale or needs to be changed? Well, basically you want to keep your body experiencing new things, so you want to change your workout routine with some regularity. Problem is that for many of us just coming up with one workout routine is tough (and time consuming).
Keep these things in mind when thinking about your workout routines:
You can change the order in which you do your exercises and this can be enough to trick your body. For example, if you are used to doing cardio first and weights second, do your weights first and then your cardio.
You can change the intensity of your cardio workouts. Some can be steady state workouts and others can be interval workouts (like treading). Stay away from getting on the treadmill and walking/running at the same speed each time. Mix it up. Add incline; add speed. Try going fast for every 2 minutes of 5. This will allow you to recover for the other 3 minutes. Read Full Post >
Now in its eleventh season, Biggest Loserhas had individuals compete and teams of two, but ever more than that. Unless you count season seven. That’s when Ron Morelliand his son Mike Morellicompeted as the brown team, a team of three if you count honorary member Max Morelli, the youngest son in the family. Ron and Mike went on to the final four that season, but Max watched from home; at 17 he was too young to join the show. However, the trio lost astounding weight together at home and continue to support one another today.
You can hear all about the impressive story of this family’s journey to health in their upcoming book Fat Family, Fit Family, a group effort that includes contributions from Becky Morelli, “the mom,” who also has her own weight loss success story to share.
In the meantime, we caught up with Ron and Max during a recent stay at Biggest Loser Resort. It was Max’s third trip, and a first for Ron.
First, catch-up with Max, a young man we’ve had the privilege of watching grow and transform into an inspiring, healthy and smart “kid.” Since 2009 he’s lost more than 150 pounds, mostly during his stays at the Resort but also from a lot of hard work at home.