5 Tips on Making a Successful Weight Loss Plan
Find inspiration from the man who brought you his musically inspired weight loss journey in Movement, Music & PGX.
The last few months have been busy for my family. The spring has kept us busy with quite a few activities. I’ve been coaching two baseball teams. We have the soccer training for our two boys. We have guitar lessons. We have social engagements and we have all the other things you probably have in your calendars in the life of Suburbia. Stop me if you heard this one before (borrowed from Morrisey)!
It's no surprise that being so busy means that exercise takes a back seat. Why does that happen? I mean, we know how easy it is to feel exhausted or overwhelmed. If that’s you, I totally understand. I feel your pain.
For those of you that have been following my blog posts...(Yes, I know they are rare. I’m a busy guy remember?!) Anyways, you will remember that I have lost about 60 pounds by riding my bikes (both on the road and on the velodrome), motivating myself with a lot of music and taking PGX. I’ve been proud of my achievement. It has brought me a new wardrobe, second glances from the wife and more confidence in my physical appearance.
That is until the past couple of months. I must confess that I have only been riding once a week. I have also been eating a little less healthy. So, before I knew it, I put on 10 pounds. It happened quickly. Naturally, I started to get frustrated, but remembering that I lost 60 pounds I quickly came up with a plan. After following my plan for the last little while, I got on the scales this morning and guess what? 10 pounds gone again. I am feeling good, baby!
Here are some things that I think will help you. They helped me (especially this month) and I am feeling the awesomeness that comes with success.
- You gotta keep moving: Last Friday I went to a golf tournament for my kids school. I was the only guy in the entire tournament that walked the whole 18 holes. Not only did I feel great, but I got a lot of props from the other parents during the dinner at the clubhouse. Oh, yeah!
- Pick a tool to track your progress and set goals: Get something to motivate you and or keep track of your progress. I got a Nike Fuel band last month and it is super, super awesome. I also like Fitbit. I like them because they require you to set goals. You get points based on your movement. So, when I take a peek at my Nike Fuel band I walk instead of getting in my car. I’m starting to wonder why I didn’t get one of these sooner.
- Substitute the carbs and high sodium foods: Look, I love my burgers. It's the American in me. I’m not going to change 100% but instead of adding those fries, get the house salad, sans the creamy dressing. You’ll feel better and reduce your caloric intake. Not to mention that your waistline will love you in the morning.
- Drink lots of water and moderate your other beverages: I see it all the time in my social settings...people ordering the rum and coke, three beers before the main course and sugary drinks on the sidelines. I’ve always been a big water drinker and, to me, it's the best beverage every single time. Don’t stop drinking it. It’ll make your body feel really good.
- Include PGX in your daily routine: I reduced my intake of PGX during that 10 pound weight gain and noticed I was getting the sweet and salty cravings again and eating a bit bigger portions during meals. This month it's back in my diet and daily routine and I can tell you that it is working for me. I know it will work for you.
I’m going for 10 more pounds this month. I know I’m going to do it too. Stay tuned for my progress.