It’s already May? Time for a change?

As I was walking at the gym yesterday, Brian remarked that he was seeing new faces.

I thought about the date, May 18 and its possible implications:

Five months past 2009 New Year’s resolutions-time to re-start.

Five months into an up and down exercise cycle- must be an ‘up’ time.

Spring fever has hit for those of us living where it has been cold, which means we WILL be outdoors more often. That particular morning, however, brought freeze warnings!

Summer activities are coming soon- including swimming and pool activities, picnics. Certainly I can fit into last summer’s shorts and suit! Maybe not.

Summer family get-togethers and reunions- haven’t seen the relatives recently. I know I should look better than I do!

(Add your own observations!)

Regardless of where you are with your exercise/fat loss/weight management plan, it’s good to take time- perhaps now would be a good time- to evaluate its effectiveness. Here are a few quick questions to ask yourself:

Have you experienced gradual weight loss of 1-2#/week?

Have you had measurable inches loss?

Do your clothes fit better? Are you in a smaller size?

Do you have more energy?

Are you sleeping better?

AND HERE’S THE BIG QUESTION:

Has anyone asked: You look great! Are you losing weight? What are you doing?

If your answer is no to any or all of these markers of success, and especially the last one, you need to change SOMETHING!

A well-known definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing, expecting different results!

The application to weight management and fat loss seems obvious. You are the one responsible for your results. If there are no results, or minimal results, choose to do something different!

If you need an accountability partner, ask someone to be there for you.

If you need a coach, find one. Email me for a recommendation.

If you need a trainer, find one.

Don’t go at this alone. Studies indicate that better results occur when you surround yourself with like-minded committed people. (Journal of Consulting Clinical Psychology)

A short article I discovered on the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute website, may provide some helpful tips for getting back on track with exercise:

1. Look at all the options available to you.

2.  Find out what’s offered in your area.

3. Pick an activity that fits your budget and your schedule.

4. Choose an appropriate level.

Click here for the full article:

 http://www.cflri.ca/eng/lifestyle/1994/ups_downs.php 

Where are you in your plan?

Tomorrow look for some basic principles I recommend about food choices.

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